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

Friday, 26 October 2012

More poetry...

For more information about poetry readings in and around Oxford see the Oxford Stanza 2 site, here. Bernard O'Donoghue and Jane Draycott are also taking part in conversations with psychotherapists at the Friends Meeting House in St Giles, Oxford - see here .

Poetry and Jazz at the Albion Beatnik

Dennis Harrison at the Albion Beatnik bookshop on Walton Street, Jericho, has organised the most extraordinary month of nightly poetry and jazz events during November, with some of the same poets who are reading at the Woodstock Festival and many who aren't. The list of readings is too long to print in full but if you click here you should go through to their website. If you haven't been to the bookshop yet, you should - he has an excellent selection of unusual books and also serves tea, coffee and cakes. His opening hours are rather more evening than ours - usually 11-11 - and he always has good jazz playing.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Gillian Clarke's Ice on the TS Eliot Prize shortlist

The shortlist has just been announced for the TS Eliot Prize - Ice, by Gillian Clarke, is among the selected titles. Gillian Clarke is reading from Ice at Woodstock Poetry Festival on Saturday 10th November at 6.30pm.
The Death of King Arthur by Simon Armitage (Faber)
Bee Journal  by Sean Borodale (Jonathan Cape)
Ice by Gillian Clarke (Carcanet)
The World’s Two Smallest Humans by Julia Copus (Faber)
The Dark Film by Paul Farley (Picador)
P L A C E by Jorie Graham (Carcanet)
The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie (Picador)
Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds (Jonathan Cape)
The Havocs  by Jacob Polley (Picador)
Burying the Wren by Deryn Rees-Jones (Seren)
Carol Ann Duffy is chair of the judging panel; Michael Longley and David Morley are also judging the prize.
The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on 14th January 2013, when the winner will be presented with a cheque for £15,000, donated by Mrs Valerie Eliot. The shortlisted poets will each receive £1,000.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Poetry festival details

Woodstock Poetry Festival has attracted a wide variety of poets - below is the list of poets appearing under the heading New Libertines with Dan Holloway on Saturday 10th November at 8.30pm:

Sian S Rathore, editor in chief of Sadcore Dadwave
Paul Askew, editor of Ferment Magazine
Anna Hobson, poetry MC for Oxford Pride and Oxford International Women's Festival
Anna McCrory, President of Oxford University Poetry Society
Kate Walton, Warwick Words slam champiom
Anna Percy, host of Stirred Poetry
James Purcell Webster, the king of text poetry
Laila Sumpton, Keats house
Tina Sederholm, 2010 Oxford Hammer and Tongue slam champion
Fay Roberts, host of Hammer and Tongue Cambridge and Allographic
Claire Trevien, Salt Modern Voices and editor-in-chief of Sabotage Reviews
Pat Winslow, published by Templar Poetry

What a line-up! I heard some of them at the Chipping Norton Festival last summer and they are a very gifted group.

There is a piece in this week's Oxford Mail about the Woodstock Poetry Festival here.