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.

are both suspended during the pandemic. We hope to start again as soon as it is safe to do so.

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.

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Helen Dunmore launching Strings of Pearls

Helen Dunmore (above, signing copies of her books and of Strings of Pearls) launched Strings of Pearls in great style at Woodstock Methodist Church on Thursday. She spoke so well about jewellery - the way it links parents and children, lovers, the past and the present - and read poems from her own latest collection, too, The Malarkey. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Margaret Drabble in Woodstock

Margaret Drabble is visiting Woodstock to talk about The Pure Gold Baby, published at the beginning of November. The Pure Gold Baby is her first novel since The Sea Lady was published in 2006. It tells the story of - well, I think you should come along and hear for yourselves...
She will be speaking at Woodstock Methodist Church on Monday 18 November at 7pm - tickets £5, which will be deducted off the book if you buy a copy. We have already taken a lot of bookings for this talk so you need to book early!

Woodstock Poetry Festival 2013

We have now finalised the programme for the 2013 festival and are taking bookings. We are so grateful to all the poets for taking part - it is an eclectic and wonderful mix of poetry.

Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 November 2013

All events held in Woodstock Methodist Church apart
from the first and final readings

Thursday November 14
Pam Ayres, 5.30pm. Reading from her new poetry collection,
You Made Me Late Again! St Mary Magdalene Church (£10)

A Funny Way with Words, 8pm. Four performance poets bring their recent book to life in an original show including storytelling, music and
theatre – all held together by radio presenter Kathy Clugston (£5)

Friday November 15
Peter McDonald & Patrick McGuinness, 7pm (£5)
Peter McDonald lives in Woodstock and teaches at Christ Church, Oxford. His Collected Poems was published by Carcanet in 2012: 
Patrick McGuinness is a professor at St Anne's, Oxford. He writes fiction
The Last Hundred Days was on the 2011 Booker longlist) and poetry –
Jilted City is his second collection.

Saturday November 16
MsCellaneous, 3pm. 8 assorted poets from an Oxford-based poetry group.
Tickets £5 to include tea and cakes

Alice Oswald, 4.30pm, reciting Memorial, her reworking of Homer's Iliad: 'Oswald has achieved a miraculous feat' (Telegraph). This is a
magnificent achievement, all the more remarkable for being delivered to
the audience from memory (£5)

Julia Copus, 6.30pm, reading from The World's Two Smallest Humans, her third poetry collection (shortlisted for the Costa awards and TS Eliot
Prize 2012). Julia Copus is judging the National
Poetry Competition this year (£5)

New Libertines, 8.30pm. Very lively group of performance poets back by
popular demand (£5)

Sunday November 17
David Morley & Liz Berry, 4pm (£5)
David Morley's most recent collection is The Gipsy and the Poet, a Poetry Book Society recommendation, published by Carcanet in August and inspired by a real-life encounter between the poet John Clare and a gypsy. David Morley was one of the judges of the 2012 TS Eliot
Prize and is judging the 2013 Foyle Young Poets of the Year. He is Professor of Writing and Director of the Warwick Writing Programme at the University of Warwick.

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country. She received an Eric Gregory
Award in 2009 and won the 2012 Poetry London competition. She is assistant poetry editor for Ambit magazine and her debut collection is being published by Chatto & Windus next year: '...a compelling new voice – one that will continue to grow in range and authority' – Andrew Motion

David Constantine, Sasha Dugdale & Olivia McCannon, 6.30pm £5)
David Constantine won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2013 for his collection, Tea at the Midland. He is a Fellow of the Queen’s College, Oxford, and was co-editor of Modern Poetry in Translation from 2004 to 2013. His most recent volume of poetry is Nine Fathom Deep.
Sasha Dugale has taken over from him at MPT. She is a poet and translator ('one of the most original poets of her generation', Guardian)
who has published two collections of translations of Russian poetry and three collections of her own poetry (with Carcanet).
Olivia McCannon's first collection, Exactly My Own Length, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize and won the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection prize.

Poetry Platform with Jenny Lewis, 8.30pm – free entry
Open evening for local poets in The Woodstock Arms with Jenny Lewis, who teaches poetry at Oxford University and runs many poetry workshops

Tickets and information
01993 812760


We are grateful to Princeton University Press for their support

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Jane Gardam talk cancelled

We have just heard that Jane Gardam is sadly not able to come and give a talk here as planned on September 21st. She has had a bad back and has been advised by her doctor not to travel over the next few weeks.  If you have booked tickets already please contact the box office or the bookshop for a refund. We hope she might be able to come once she has recovered. In the meantime, do read Last Friends, the third in the Old Filth and Man in the Wooden Hat trilogy.

Booker Shortlist 2013

The Booker judges, chaired by Robert Macfarlane, have produced their shortlist:
The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton
We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo
Harvest - Jim Crace
The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki
The Testament of Mary - Colm Toibin

The winner will be announced on 15 October.
I have no idea who will win - it's an interesting list and I haven't read them all yet. I thought Colm Toibin's book was very good - unusual, tightly and lyrically written, very condensed. We have them all in stock...

Monday, 2 September 2013

Seamus Heaney

Very sad news about Seamus Heaney, whose funeral is today. If you look back at my post of 23 March this year you can see a little of what he said at the Sheldonian interview. He was a lovely man and a very great poet.