On Saturday 21 September at 7pm Patrick Gale and David Constantine will be reading from and discussing their stories from Refugee Tales III upstairs in Woodstock Town Hall. All profits from the evening will go to Refugee Resource in Oxford. The book is the third in a series from Comma Press sharing the stories of people who have been detained while seeking asylum in Britain. The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely under immigration rules and the stories give some of those people a voice. Other writers featuring in this volume are Monica Ali, Ian Sansom, Gillian Slovo and Roma Tearne.
Poet and translator David Constantine is also launching his new short story collection, The Dressing-Up Box. His previous collection, Tea at the Midland, won the Frank O'Connor short story award and the title story won the BBC Short Story Award. The film 45 Years was based on his story In Another Country. He has recently translated Brecht's poems.
Patrick Gale's latest novel Take Nothing with You came out last year.
Tickets £8 from The Woodstock Bookshop.
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.