The society is entering its second year and has arranged the following talks for 2010 for full details see their website:
23 January, 3 pm Woodstock Museum: 'Happy Birthday Anton Pavlovich!' - illustrated talk on works & life of Checkhov by Rosamund Bartlett on 150th anniversary of his birth. Followed by tea and AGM.
18 February, 8 pm, Woodstock Town Hall: 'Witchcraft in Shakespeare', Diane Purkiss (fellow of Keble) - bar from 7.30.
17 March, 8 pm, Woodstock Library: Harry Sidebottom will talk about his Warrior of Rome novels set in 2nd century Rome - bar from 7.30.
21 April, 8pm, Woodstock Library: 'Dreaming Spires: Literary Oxford' - talk by Clare Connors of Queen's College Oxford.
11 May, 8 pm, Woodstock Town Hall: Alison Weir, 'Princes, Paramours & Prisoners: Woodstock Palace from Fair Rosamund to Elizabeth I - part of Woodstock@900 Festival.
19 June, 3 pm, Woodstock Museum: 'TV Drama: the writer's challenge' - illustrated talk by Nicholas McInnery (who has written many episodes of The Bill). NB This lecture has been re-scheduled to Saturday 11th December. It will still be in the Oxfordshire Museum and will be followed by a seasonal tea.
15 July, 8 pm, Woodstock Town Hall: 'Race & Conflict in Two American Novels' - Tessa Roynon, lecturer in English at St Peter's, Oxford, will discuss The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison) and The Human Stain (Philip Roth).
21 September, 8 pm, Woodstock Town Hall: 'Contemporary Crime Fiction', Heather O'Donoghue.
6 October, 8 pm, Woodstock Library: Claire Letemendia will talk about her historical romance set in the Civil War, The Best of Men.
Annual membership £20; individual lectures £5 (except for Alison Weir, £8). For further details contact Linda Glees: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 recent 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.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.