We are celebrating Independent Booksellers' Week this year with two talks of our own - Robert Macfarlane and Gillian Tindall (for details see opposite), bookselling at the Wootton Talks for local artist Sarah Simblet on Friday 6th July, and the launch of Harry Sidebottom's fifth book in the Warrior of Rome series on 5th July (Harry is pictured below).
Harry's first book appeared shortly after the shop first opened and he has brought out a new one each year with extraordinary speed and regularity. Each launch has been the same - a bustling mix of friends, writers and publishers in the same Woodstock bar run by a friend of Harry's. Elements of Groundhog day but infinitely more enjoyable...
I am slightly uneasy about the need for an Independent Booksellers' Week - are we on the verge of extinction? I receive daily emails from various publishing and bookselling networks which range from gloomy to despairing but am happy to report that we are still flourishing.
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.