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 7 years.
I can't think of a better way of celebrating our seven years of running The Woodstock Bookshop than the talk given by Julia Blackburn in Woodstock Town Hall on Wednesday. Her book, Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske is beguiling and wonderful and if you missed her speak about it have a look here and here. As I sat listening to Julia describe and read from the book, and go on to talk very movingly of her husband's death and her own need to carry on working and writing, I felt so lucky to have been able to open and run the bookshop and to have had such extraordinary writers here to talk.
(Julia Blackburn in her garden and, below, at home)
A huge thank you to all our customers for making this all possible.
If you would like to receive information about talks at The Woodstock Bookshop please send us your email address and we will add you to the mailing list. All talks must be booked in advance by ringing, emailing or calling in at the bookshop.
Thursday 5 March, 7pm
Anne Stevenson reads from her 16th collection, Completing the Circle (Bloodaxe Books), Woodstock Town Hall. £8; advance booking essential.
Since the shop opened in May 2008 the following authors have very kindly spoken here:
Charles Boyle (publisher of CB editions, alias Jennie Walker)
Edmund de Waal
Anne Somerset Robin Robertson Sam Willetts David Harsent Gillian Clarke The New Libertines Kirtlington Poetry Group