The bookshop was crowded last night as people came to hear Deborah Manley's talk. She and her friend Clive read from the book she edited which is a wonderful collection of writings - from Murray's Handbook for Travellers, 1893, to Bob Geldof, Eric Newby and Lesley Blanche. For those of us who aren't likely to be going across Russia soon, the book is a great companion and inspiration.
I was overwhelmed by the number of people who turned up for the talk - almost 40 - and wished the shop were twice the size so that everyone could have been accomodated with greater ease and the windows wouldn't have steamed up so much (I heard a couple of teenagers commenting in a surprised tone as they went past, 'They've got a lock-in at the bookshop!'). It is great that people want to come and I shouldn't complain of it, but I might have to introduce some sort of more formal ticketing system to control the numbers because I do want the evenings to continue and I also want everyone who comes to enjoy them and be able to relax. 25-30 is a more comfortable number...
So please, if you are thinking of coming to the next talk (Charles Elton) could you let me know in advance, and I will reserve a place and close bookings when the numbers become too great for comfort.
Welcome to The Woodstock Bookshop
The shop opened in May 2008 and is on the main road in Woodstock, just next to the bus stop. We can supply most books to order by the next day and have several thousand books in stock: to order books ring or email the shop. We have a large selection of children's books and are happy to advise and recommend. We can also supply second-hand and out-of-print titles. We offer discounts for school orders and for book clubs and have a free local delivery service.
We were on the regional shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009, 2013 and 2017, and listed in the Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.
Two monthly book groups take place at the bookshop - a poetry group, initially formed to read collections submitted for the annual T S Eliot Prize and now following a slightly wider brief; and a book group focusing more on fiction. Both are open to everyone but occasionally space is limited - please contact us for details.
We hold a series of informal talks and readings throughout the year. If you buy any book at the talk the cost of the ticket will be deducted. Please ring or email to book a place - early booking advisable.
WOODSTOCK POETRY FESTIVAL
This year (November 9-11) is the 7th Woodstock Poetry Festival - organised entirely by the bookshop. Full details soon.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.