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, 1 October 2016

Woodstock Poetry Festival 2016 - 11-13 November - programme

Here's the programme for this year's festival!

Friday to Sunday 11 - 13 November 2016

Friday 11 November
*6.30pm Liz Lochhead, former Makar of Scotland, reads from Fugitive Colours. £10

*8.30pm Alice Oswald reads from Falling Awake and recent work. £10
(wine and sandwiches served between these readings)

Saturday 12 November
11am – Free children’s event: John Foster ‘The Dinosaur Rap’, reading & activities with puppets in Woodstock Library for children aged 3-11. Tickets from the library.
1pm Oxford Stanza 2 – welcome return of this group of local poets. £5
2.30pm Jenny Lewis leads an open mic session. £5
4pm See How I Land. Anthology edited by Carole Angier seven years ago, bringing together Oxford poets and exiled writers. Several contributors join us today, including Yousif Qasmiyeh, Palestinian poet and translator; Gregory Leadbetter (whose first full collection The Fetch has just been published by Nine Arches Press); Nigerian poet Afam Akeh, founding editor of African Writing, and Vahni Capildeo, whose Measures of Expatriation won this year’s Forward Prize. £8, includes a copy of See How I Land.

Vahni Capildeo

6pm Gillian Clarke, formerly National Poet of Wales, reads from her recently published Selected Poems and from her forthcoming book, Zoology. £8

*8.30pm Lemn Sissay, Chancellor of Manchester University and official poet of the 2012 Olympics, reading from his recent collection, Gold from the Stone. £10

Sunday 13 November
2.30pm Deryn Rees-Jones & Jamie McKendrick have both recently published their Selected Poems. Jamie McKendrick is a distinguished poet and translator from the Italian and ‘among the most interesting, surprising and distinctive poets of his generation’ (Sean O’Brien). 

Deryn’s previous work Burying the Wren was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and she is Professor of Poetry at the University of Liverpool. £8

4pm Oxford Stanza – readings by members of this long-established Oxford-based group including Simon Altmann, Caroline Ashley, John Elinger, Paulette Mae, David Olsen and Andrew Smardon. £5
6pm Carrie Etter, Penny Boxall & Jane Draycott. Penny Boxall recently won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award for her first collection, Ship of the Line; For a recent interview with Penny see here.

Carrie Etter, an American poet living in England, is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and has published three collections of poetry, most recently Imagined Sons

Jane Draycott’s previous collection, Over, was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. She teaches at Oxford and Lancaster and last appeared at the festival with her remarkable translation of Pearl. She will read from her latest book, The Occupant. £8

8.30pm Bernard O’Donoghue & Tom Paulin, with singer Mick Henry and guitarist Nick Hooper. Traditional Irish singing and music, with poems by Bernard O’Donoghue, including recent ones from The Seasons of Cullen Church, and readings of Yeats and his own work by Tom Paulin. Woodstock Social Club - drinks available at the bar. £8

Tickets and information: 01993 812760
Festival ticket giving entry to all events - £60
Children & students half price
Tea and cakes are included in the price of all afternoon events
Most readings are held upstairs in Woodstock Town Hall
Events marked * are held in St Mary Magdalene Church

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