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 recent 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.

The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Don Paterson 2014

A great evening in Woodstock Methodist Church yesterday evening with Don Paterson who read from the about-to-be-published paperback edition of his Selected Poems and also from recent unpublished poems he tried out on us as he liked the 'lugubrious acoustics' of the church. He has promised to return to Woodstock in 2014 when the new poems are published - all sonnets.

He described sonnets as 'a square on the page' and talked about the inevitability of a sonnet. If it were abolished, within a few days it would be back. The constraints of rhyme and metre lead to unexpected words, unrehearsed thoughts - a poem the author might not fully understand.

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