Please book in advance for these talks - otherwise I end up torn between having to turn people away or squeeze too many people into the shop. If I know the talk is going to be very popular I can always book the Methodist church at short notice but I do need to know at least a day in advance! The church has very comfortable chairs and is a nice venue if not quite so cosy as the shop.
We had a crowd here last night to hear Jane Robinson talk about Bluestockings, her book on the history of women's university education in England. Jane said she was inspired to write the book when she realised that while Cambridge university recently celebrated its 900th anniversary, two of the Oxford women's colleges were celebrating 60 years of being fully part of the university - it was the gap between these that interested her. After a clear and compressed account of how women managed to achieve degrees (they were very charming and determined not to be confused with the suffragettes - 'it's called being subversive,' suggested one member of the audience), quoting from several diaries and letters, Jane finished with the story of Trixie Pearson and her mother Ruth which left me almost in tears (see Bluestockings, pp 1-4). We had questions and some fascinating contributions from the audience that made us all realise this wasn't some remote account of wrongs long rectified but something that still affects us daily. There was the story of a professor who went to a doctor recently and when her details were being checked she pointed out that she was 'Professor', not 'Mrs': the computer came up with 'status incompatible with gender'...
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.