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
The bookshop started and runs Woodstock Poetry Festival, a completely independent festival that has now been running for 8 years.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
I went to Blackwells yesterday evening for a talk by Marilynne Robinson, one of the very great American writers. She read from her latest book - When I was a Child I Read Books (a collection of essays) - and from a passage towards the end of Gilead. If you haven't already read Gilead I urge you to try it. You have to read it slowly, like poetry. She read it aloud beautifully and then took questions from the audience, talking about history - 'there is a sense in which our view of reality has narrowed' - and our smugness about the past, our feeling that we can do and understand things so much better now - 'we have to get behind this irrational certainty'. One phrase in particular stood out for me, when she said, 'What the culture becomes depends on what every single member of the culture does.' Read her books!