Soon after I opened The Woodstock Bookshop Andy Morgan appeared in the shop, wanting to discuss an idea he'd had for raising money for Wootton village hall. People might be interested in talks, he thought. I thought so, too, and it seems we were right as the talks have almost always sold out. Andy has succeeded in attracting extraordinary speakers to Wootton and the talks have the most wonderful, friendly atmosphere. There is a bar; sandwiches and delicious bits and pieces appropriate to the talk are served afterwards (I am sure whoever provides the food will rise to the challenge of a Prue Leith inspired evening!). I will be selling books at some of the talks - this is what the next few months have in store:
Friday 19 March, OLIVER JAMES, leading clinical psychologist. He has called his talk 'Affluenza - Did Thatcherism Drive Us Bonkers?' It is based on his best-selling books examining the theory that people are much wealthier than 50 years ago, but pressures to keep up have now led to the UK having some of the highest levels of stress and mental health problems in western Europe.
Friday 9 April, PRUE LEITH, fabulous cook, restaurateur, food writer and novelist. She was Businesswoman of the Year in 1990 and more recently has been very active in the School Food Trust. She is publishing her latest novel Serving of Scandal in March. Prue, who recently celebrated her 70th birthday, has called her talk 'Retirement - What Retirement?' If any of you came to her talk here last year (when Choral Society was published) you will know what a brilliant speaker she is.
Friday 7 May 7, GERRY ANDERSON, legendary creator of iconic marionette shows such as Thunderbirds, Fireball XLV and Captain Scarlett. A professional puppeteer will demonstrate how the marionettes were used.
All talks start at 7.30pm and entry costs £6 for everybody.
The easiest way is book is through the website http://www.woottontalks.co.uk/.
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.