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.
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
International Day of the Book
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.