The Festival is over and we have begin to recover and make plans for this autumn. It was a very good time for the shop - we were busy and had two brilliant events here. Jeremy Mynott was every bit as fascinating as I thought he would be - his book Birdscapes is a delight even if you are not passionate about birds. I - like his wife, as I discovered - have never been remotely interested in identifying birds but I was so enthused by his talk that I have read parts of the book and can now begin to understand...
Tracy Borman came to talk about her new book on Elizabeth I and her women - she explained that she had always wanted to discover more about Elizabeth and that by approaching her through the women who surrounded her she could find out more about what she was actually like as a woman. It is a very interesting approach and the book has since been on Radio 4 so some of you may have heard parts of it.
The next event at the shop is an informal and open meeting here on Monday 5th October at 7pm for anyone interested in forming a new book club (the date was fixed before I realised it was the annual Fair in town so we will meet to the background of fairground music - parking may be tricky for anyone living outside Woodstock). Free entry; wine. This is an exploratory meeting - so far several people have contacted me to say they would like to come and others have said they are interested but can't make that night. It is open to everyone of any age and if there is sufficient enthusiasm for the project we will have a shop reading group soon. Do ring or email if you would like to be involved or kept informed.
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.