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 below.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Fiona Sampson is coming to The Woodstock Bookshop to read from her new collection of poems, Coleshill, on Tuesday 12 March at 7pm. £5 entry, please ring or email in advance to book tickets. Spaces will be limited as this reading is being held in the bookshop - there will be wine...
Fiona Sampson has published six collections of poetry and was the editor of Poetry Review (the quarterly publication from The Poetry Society) from 2005-12. She is now the editor of POEM, an international English language quarterly whose first issue appeared in January 2013. Her poems have been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize and she has also recently written a 'map of contemporary British poetry', Beyond the Lyric. She trained as a musician and some of you may have heard her recent discussion on BBC Radio 3's Private Passions - if you missed it and would like to know her music choices see here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qqfhh
Coleshill is where Fiona Sampson lives, at the corner of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. This haunting new collection is a portrait of place, both real and imaginary and the poems hum with an evocative music of their own. Coleshill is published by Chatto & Windus on 7th March.
This is Sampson's poetic masterpiece, and a landmark book. She creates intimacy of place through a chamber music of the natural and made worlds, honed observations and epiphanic 'instrusions'. With its layering of history and presence, Coleshill is a major contribution to the literature of the local. John Kinsella
These poems of place, often troublingly dark, are sui generis in the way they use what's to hand to explore what's hidden. Fiona Sampson's technical subtlety is everywhere in evidence and her emotional range is startling. Coleshil is a book of rare power and depth. David Harsent