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.

are both suspended during the pandemic. We hope to start again as soon as it is safe to do so.

The bookshop started and runs Woodstock Poetry Festival, a completely independent festival that has now been running for 8 years.

The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Poetry evening at The Woodstock Arms

We are hosting an evening with Christopher Reid and Oliver Reynolds at 6pm on Sunday October 10th at The Woodstock Arms, 8 Market Street, Woodstock.

Christopher Reid will be reading from A Scattering, his collection of poems written as a tribute to his wife. A Scattering won the Costa Book of the Year in 2009: 'Austere and beautiful and moving: we regard it as a masterwork by a man who for sad reasons has met artistically his moment. We would immediately give it to friends, whether they were suffering bereavement or not' - Josephine Hart, Chair of the Costa judges 2009; 'It is a collection that defies criticism in two ways - first, because it feels wrong to pick over such poignant elegies, and also, because so many of these poems are impossible to fault' - Tom Payne, Daily Telegraph.

Oliver Reynolds has had four volumes of poetry published by Faber and will be reading from Hodge, his forthcoming collection.

Hodge and A Scattering are both published by Arete, Craig Raine's Oxford-based publishing company.

Tickets are £4 each and must be booked in advance from The Woodstock Bookshop, 01993 812760.

Monday, 13 September 2010

National Poetry Day

People who came to the reading we held at The Woodstock Arms with Jo Shapcott and Daljit Nagra might be interested to see the following article:
http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/29187. Daljit Nagra has been announced as poet-in-residence for this year's National Poetry Day.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Poetry and Illustration Competitions

This will be the third year of our poetry competition - details below. We are also running an illustration competition following the success of last year's - the entries were so brilliant I wished the shop could be several times larger, I simply didn't have space for them all!

closing date Friday 1st October
The Woodstock Bookshop is holding a poetry competition to celebrate National Poetry Day (7th October 2010).
Entry is free, and the subject and style of the poem is also free. A poem need not rhyme! The subject for this year's National Poetry Competition is Home and poets are welcome to use that title if they wish. (see http://www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk/education/ for more details of National Poetry Day).
There are two classes: 7-11 and 11-18.
1 Poems can be any length but no longer than 20 lines
2 All poems to be written or typed on A4 paper
3 Please write name and age of poet clearly below the poem
4 School, home address and phone number on back of poem
5 Entries to be received by FRIDAY 1st OCTOBER at THE WOODSTOCK BOOKSHOP, 23 Oxford Street, Woodstock OX20 1TH
The winner of each class will receive a £20 book token
Runners up will receive a paperback book of their choice
Prize-winners will be notified and their poems and other commended entries will be displayed in the shop window to celebrate National Poetry Day.

closing date Monday 18 October
Art in Woodstock falls during the October half-term. The Woodstock Bookshop is running an illustration competition with Creative Art Gallery for a window display during that week. Pupils should produce an A4 sized illustration for a book of their choice - any scene, any book (fiction or poetry), either in their own style or that of an existing illustrator, but NOT a copy - with a short line of text accompanying it and details at the bottom of the book and author.
Entry is open to everyone under 18 - age will be taken into consideration.
Entries must be clearly labelled on the front with your name and age;
please put school details on the back.
All entries must reach the shop by Monday 18 October.
As many illustrations as possible will be displayed in The Woodstock Bookshop and Creative Art Gallery: the winner will have their entry framed and will receive a book token of £10. Runners up will receive a paperback of their choice.

Friday, 10 September 2010

The bookshop dog

Yesterday afternoon I brought Mattie into the shop for the first time - she is slightly overawed by it all at the moment but we're hoping that, like Titch, she'll soon grow into it...