The programme for the year's Independent Woodstock Literature Festival is now available and we are hosting two events as part of it:
On Thursday 15 September at 7pm, Anthea Bell, the very distinguished and versatile translator, is being interviewed by Boyd Tonkin (literary editor of the Independent who has a particular interest in translated fiction). Anthea Bell translates from French and German - she is the translator of many children's books, among them the Nicholas books and Asterix - see here. She is also the translator of a wide range of crime and literary fiction including several books for the European crime specialist Bitter Lemon Press, W G Sebald's Austerlitz (for which she won the Independent Foreign Fiction prize) and many Stefan Zweig novels - most recently a new translation of Beware of Pity.
On Saturday 17 September at 6pm, Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales and chair of the judges for this year's T S Eliot prize for poetry, is reading from her own work and also launching Washing Lines, a beautifully produced anthology of poems collected and published by Janie Hextall (who works in the shop) and Barbara McNaught. For an article in The Oxford Times see here.
Tickets (£8) are available by phone from 01865 305305, or from The Feathers Hotel Woodstock, or online at http://www.woodstockliteraryfestival.com/.
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.