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.
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Don Paterson (left) and Christopher Reid chatting to the audience following the reading.
The Woodstock Arms was packed with over 70 people on Friday to hear Don Paterson and Christopher Reid reading their poems. Christopher Reid (Don Paterson's former poetry editor at Faber, who publish both poets) read from A Scattering, the collection about the death of his wife, his Selected Poems and unpublished poems written for a libretto about soldiers during the First World War. We were able to get hold of advance copies of Don Paterson's Selected Poems for the event, not published by Faber until early May - this is a great book, the best possible introduction for anyone new to his works. As Christopher Reid said during the talk, Don Paterson lives in the seventeenth century and produces metaphysical poems. He also produces sonnets - his next collection will, he said, be all sonnets, and he read some unpublished sonnets to us.
We are very grateful to Tower Poetry for collaborating with us on this event: both poets were in Oxford earlier that day with local poet Peter McDonald to select the winners of the annual Tower Poetry Competition, a competition open to 16-18 year olds.