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.

BOOK GROUPS
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.

BOOKSHOP TALKS
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 soon.

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

Twitter: @WoodstockBooks

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Winter Count

We had a lovely evening in the shop yesterday to celebrate the publication of Peter Naumann's Winter Count. Pete worked in the shop for the first few years after we opened and it was a huge pleasure to welcome him back as a published poet. He read his poems so well and also gave them very interesting introductions - the winter count of the title poem, for example, refers to the pictorial histories of significant events during the year made by American tribes - see the picture below, an image reflected on the cover of the book in a picture by Pete's mother Anouk.

 
Pete preparing to read:


Thursday, 18 July 2013

Harry Sidebottom

There is a launch party this evening for the latest Warrior of Rome title by Harry Sidebottom - The Amber Road. This is the sixth in the series - amazingly he has written one every year since I opened the shop and has had a party for each one - this year he is breaking with tradition and holding it across the road from the shop in the lovely Marlborough Arms...

Thursday, 11 July 2013

After Iris - Natasha Farrant

Independent Booksellers' Week was very busy here - 3 talks and two school events, plus a sale. Mrs Milne won the draw for a £20 book token.

I spent Friday with Natasha Farrant visiting schools. First we went to Woodstock Primary School where she answered questions from the Year 5 and 6 book groups I have been running this year - about writing in general and her own writing in particular. In the afternoon we went to Oxford High School where she gave a talk and workshop. After Iris is her latest book, just published by Faber, and is an account by Bluebell Gadsby in her own words and also through a video journal and filmscript of her family's ups and downs following the death of her twin. It is, above all, a novel of love and family and growing up - sad in places, but also very funny.

After Iris is excellent - do look out for it. We still have some signed copies in the shop...