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.

BOOK GROUPS
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.

BOOKSHOP TALKS
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.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Henning Mankell comes to town



We had a fabulous afternoon on saturday - the church in Woodstock was packed with around 300 people and the BBC did a superbly professional job on the sound system so everyone heard perfectly. It was fascinating being part of a broadcast - Karen, the producer of the BBC World Book Club, told us what to expect and not to worry about fluffing our questions as the recording wasn't going out live, and Harriet Gilbertt, the interviewer, also put people at ease. And then we were off - Harriet's voice changed immediately into a BBC announcer's voice, and Henning Mankell began unexpectedly with a short speech about voice amplification, questioning the need for microphones in a church where people have spoken and been heard for hundreds of years unaided. The amplification was, in this instance, necessary as there was a soundman, Tim, in the vestry, recording everything for a broadcast on the BBC World Service on July 2nd at 11 am. So if you were not able to be there on saturday or would like to hear it all again and find out the differences between a live and an edited discussion, you can listen to the radio on July 2nd.
The top picture shows Harriet Gilbertt introducing Henning Mankell; the one below shows the aftermath of the talk, me on the left and Henning Mankell in the middle, signing books.

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