We had a lovely evening in the bookshop with Fiona Sampson - she read from Coleshill and spoke about Poem, the new quarterly she is editing. It was, she said, the first time she had read from Coleshill, which was published on 7th March. How lucky, to launch the book!
It's been a long time since we had a reading in the shop and when we were carrying chairs along the road and moving books around the shop I began to wonder if it was worth the effort. But a smaller reading has a very special atmosphere, particularly with such a good reader, and now that everything is resettled the shop looks a lot more inviting too.
There were some interesting questions following the reading - someone asked who Fiona reads for pleasure, which poetry she returns to again and again - and she particularly mentioned TS Eliot and his Four Quartets; Geoffrey Hill, especially Tenebrae; Czeslaw Milosz and French poet Yves Bonnefoy.
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.