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.
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.