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.

are both suspended during the pandemic. We hope to start again as soon as it is safe to do so.

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.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Woodstock Poetry Festival 9-11 November

Woodstock Poetry Festival
Friday 9 - Sunday 11 November 2012
We are delighted to announce our first Woodstock Poetry Festival. Several excellent poets are coming to read their work here, three of whom will be reading from new collections - and there will also be the chance to meet two very different local poetry groups. 

We would like people to come to as many events as possible and make a weekend of it in Woodstock so we are offering a Festival ticket covering all the events on Saturday and Sunday. This will cost £20 and must be booked in advance, at the latest by David Harsent's reading on Saturday (each event can also be booked individually). If you present your Festival ticket to any of the Woodstock pubs and restaurants listed below  you will receive a 10% discount on meals (so long as they are booked in advance) and drinks.

Friday's event has to be booked separately as it is being held at St Edward's School in Oxford.
Students can attend all readings free of charge.

Friday 9 November, St Edwards School, Oxford
7.30pm Sam Willetts and Robin Robertson (£8)

Sam Willetts' first poetry collection, New Light For the Old Dark, was shortlisted for several awards including the Forward Prize, the Costa Prize and the TS Eliot Prize.


 Robin Robertson is Sam Willetts' publisher at Jonathan Cape. He was brought up on the north-east coast of Scotland. Apart from translations of Medea and the Bacchae, he has also written free versions of the poetry of Nobel Prizewinner Tomas Tranströmer. He has published four previous collections of poetry and has received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and all three Forward Prizes. His new book, published early next year, is Hill of Doors.
Saturday 10 November, Woodstock Methodist Church
4pm David Harsent (£8)

David Harsent has published ten poetry collections. The most recent, Night, was Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2011 and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Forward Prize (Best Collection), the TS Eliot Prize and the Costa Poetry Prize. He has just published In Secret: Versions of Yannis Ritsos (Enitharmon Press), translations of one of Greece's finest poets.

6.30pm Gillian Clarke (£8)

 We are very pleased to welcome back Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales and winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010. She has published many poetry collections, the last three of which have all been Poetry Book Society Recommendations. Last time she came to Woodstock she launched Washing Lines, the collection of poems edited by Janie Hextall and Barbara McNaught. This evening she will be reading from her new book, Ice.

8.30pm New Libertines (£4)
The New Libertines bring together performance poets from Oxford, the UK and beyond. The show, which encompasses a wide range of styles and subjects from surrealism to fin de siecle France, from the Beat to underground Berlin, has played to full houses and critical acclaim at venues across the UK (full details and reviews at http://eightcuts.com).

Sunday 11 November, Woodstock Methodist Church
4 pm Kirtlington Poetry Group, (£4)
Kirtlington Poetry group is an independent group of poetry lovers, drawn mostly from the local village of Kirtlington, who have been meeting every month since about 2004 to discuss poetry and to contribute their own work for appreciation and scrutiny.

6.30pm Jamie McKendrick, Jane Draycott and Bernard O'Donoghue, (£8)

Jamie McKendrick will be reading from his new book Out There (Faber). He has published 5 previous poetry collections, translations of Magrelli's poems and novels by Giorgio Bassani, and edited The Faber Book of 20th Century Italian Poems.

Bernard O'Donoghue has written 5 poetry collections and his Selected Poems are published by Faber; his most recent book, Farmer's Cross, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Jane Draycott has published several poetry collections (shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize) and a very fine translation of the 14th-century dream vision Pearl

Tickets and information: 01993 812760
Woodstock Pubs and Restaurants offering 10% discount on meals booked in advance (please contact directly):
The Feathers 
The Woodstock Arms
The Bear Hotel
The Natural Bread Company
The Punchbowl Inn

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