Please ring before setting out to visit the shop today and over the weekend. I live in Dean and we are snowed in which means the shop is shut. Merle tried to drive in this morning from Charlbury without any success. I hope to open the shop tomorrow but it depends on how clear the roads are and whether more snow is on the way. It has been snowing gently all day here and there are about three or four inches on the garden table. We've been out sledging - and now to sit by the fire...
Before I go and sit down I must just tell you about the talk by Rachel Joyce on Tuesday. She began by saying she didn't really like giving talks and would prefer to answer audience questions. But in fact she spoke very well about the book. There was a rawness to what she said and how she said it - she said there were many similarities between her and Harold. And one of the things that I thought while I was re-reading the book recently was how vulnerable he becomes, in a positive way. We spend so much of lives in a protective wadding, and Harold just walks out 'without his stuff', as Rachel Joyce put it, and by being open to people and events becomes open to himself again and to his memories and his marriage. It is what allows him to grow. Rachel's second book is coming out in the summer, I'm fascinated to see what she writes next.
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.