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.
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Woodstock Literature Society talk
Another talk yesterday evening, this time given by Dr Abigail Williams for the Woodstock Literature Society which organises an excellent monthly series of talks throughout the year.The title was 'Bringing Books Home: A History of Reading as Domestic Entertainment' and the talk was both funny and fascinating. It covered not only what people read in the past but how they read it - often aloud, sections from one or more books - which led to the books often being written episodically, so it wouldn't matter if the audience hadn't read the entire book in order. Today we tend to start at the beginning and go on to the end - although several people in the audience confessed to reading the end first and working backwards, while others said they listened to Book of the Week on Radio 4 and didn't mind if they had come in part way through or skipped a session or two. The readings were usually very 'performed' and readers were encouraged to make dramatic gestures and give what we might now think of as rather stagey interpretations of the books. 'Performance' versions of novels were produced, and books with extracts from longer stories and poems, as well as jokes and riddles. It all makes our modern bookgroups seem a little tame...