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, 25 February 2017

Shortlisted for Independent Bookshop of the Year!

The Woodstock Bookshop has been shortlisted for the third time for this award - such an honour to be on the list. It seems there are only 894 independent bookshops left in the country. No wonder so many people come in and say, 'Ah, a bookshop!' as if they were encountering a snuff shop or something equally antiquated.

There is nothing antiquated about us or any of the other shops on the shortlist - for the full account of the prize and the shortlisted shops see here. It is an honour to be in such company. I have been to many of the shops on the list and they are so good - the LRB bookshop is a particular favourite of mine, I go every time I am in London and envy their space and eat their cakes. My best sort of holiday would be a bookshop crawl.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Upcoming tour by leading Danish poet Pia Tafdrup

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre (http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/) is delighted and honoured to coordinate a short tour by internationally-acclaimed Danish poet Pia Tafdrup. The tour, entitled Walking over the Water, is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, and also by the University of Reading and Roehampton Poetry Centre. Pia will visit Reading, Ledbury, and Oxford during her tour, and at each stop will read or be in discussion with a celebrated British poet: Peter Robinson in Reading, Fiona Sampson in Ledbury, and T.S. Eliot Prize-winning Philip Gross in Oxford.

Pia Tafdrup, one of Scandinavia's best-known poets, was born in Copenhagen in 1952. She is a member of the Danish Academy, and has published 17 collections of poetry, two novels, and two plays. Pia received the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 1999 and the Nordic Prize in 2006 from The Swedish Academy. Her most recent poetry collections translated into English are Queen's Gate (Bloodaxe, 2001), Tarkovsky's Horses & Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2010) and Salamander Sun & Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2015). Her latest books published in Denmark are entitled The Taste of Steel and The Smell of Snow.

Pia was the subject of a 2003 documentary film about her work, Thousandborn, directed by Cæcilia Holbek Trier, and she has read from her work in more than 40 countries. She represented Denmark at Poetry Parnassus, the festival of readings, performance and debate that took place during the London 2012 Festival.

Full schedule and ticket details

Wednesday 15 February, Pia Tafdrup reads with Peter Robinson
University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, HumSS 127
from 6pm; free
More details: peterrobinso@gmail.com

Thursday 16 February, Pia Tafdrup in conversation with Fiona Sampson
The Panelled Room, The Master’s House, Ledbury, HR8 1EA
7-9pm, £5 (on the door)
More details:  http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk

Friday 17 February, Pia Tafdrup reads with Philip Gross
Large Senior Common Room, Oriel College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4EW
7-8.15pm, £5
To book a ticket, please visit the Brookes Shop: http://shop.brookes.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-humanities-social-sciences/events/pia-tafdrup-and-philip-gross-poetry-reading