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 below.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
I have just discovered that April 23 is the International Day of the Book. This is even more worrying than the daily emails that arrive declaring the end of the printed book, the percentage of new novels being bought solely as ebooks, the number of people using Kindles, the number of books bought on Amazon, the heroic small booksellers sending out distress signals to their customers asking everyone to please buy a book otherwise they might be forced to close. This is worrying because International Days are usually for things under threat of extinction, like Peace or Whales. I am not sure whether to hang out the balloons and the bunting on April 23 or celebrate the day more quietly by bookselling as usual in the spirit of the wartime poster, Keep Calm and Carry On.
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
The shortlist is announced today - we tried to predict what it would be and got it half right... Room, Emma Donoghue; The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht; Great House, Nicole Krauss; Grace Williams Says it Loud, Emma Henderson; The Memory of Love, Aminatta Forna ; Annabel, Kathleen Winter. Quite strange that A Visit From the Goon Squad wasn't on the list, as it recently won the National Book Award in America. Of the ones I have read, I think Room should win. It is very well written and quite brilliant. But I must read the others too.
Saturday, 9 April 2011
We will be open as follows over the Easter weekend: Friday 22 April 1-4.30; Sunday 24 April SHUT; Monday 25 April 1-4.30. We will be shut on Friday 29 April, open as normal Saturday and Sunday and open from 1-4.30 on Monday 2nd May. On Saturday 30 April the shop will be three years old. We are planning a celebration...
Friday, 8 April 2011
We had a very good evening as you might be able to tell from the photos taken by Kathryn from Tower Poetry on her mobile. The top one shows, left to right, me, Peter McDonald, David Morley and Stephen Franks (a customer and member of the audience) and the bottom one shows David Morley reading. Peter and David had spent the day judging entries for the Tower Poetry prize, a prize for 16-18 year olds. It was great that they were able to come on and read to us - do look out for their poems if you haven't come across them before - Enchantment, by David Morley and Torchlight by Peter McDonald.