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

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Independent Bookshop of the Year 2017 - Final

The following bookshops have made it to the final of Independent Bookshop of the Year this year. 

The Chorleywood Bookshop, Chorleywood
Kenilworth Books, Kenilworth
Forum Books, Corbridge
Sarum College Bookshop, Salisbury
Lindum Books, Lincoln
Far From the Madding Crowd, Linlithgow
Tales on Moon Lane, London
Gutter Bookshop, Dublin and Dalkey

Have you been to any of them? I haven't yet but plan to - perhaps a short tour is in order! There is little I enjoy more than looking round other bookshops and seeing how differently they are laid out. 

I was interested to read something recently saying how very hip and retro independent bookshops are now - by doing the same thing for years and years one eventually becomes fashionable again. Everything is all about curating, it seems. I thought I was just running a bookshop...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Woodstock Poetry Festival 2017 - 10-12 November

The programme for this year's Woodstock Poetry Festival is almost finalised - poets who have agreed to come so far include:

Douglas Dunn, who is reading from The Noise of a Fly, his first collection since the publication of Elegies
George Szirtes
Jim Carruth
Anne Stevenson
Caroline Bird
Keith Jarrett
David Harsent

One or two people have yet to confirm.

It is wonderful that such brilliant poets are happy to support an independent bookshop by participating in our festival and we are very grateful to them.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Choosing books

It is worrying how few parents let their children choose a book. Have parents always been so very controlling? There was a mother in the shop with two small children - a girl and a boy aged about four and six. He was desperate to spend his World Book Day voucher on the Where's Wally book; the little girl clutched Peppa Pig to her tummy. Both children were very upset.
'Mummy, I really love this one.'
'You're too old for Peppa Pig. We've come to choose a reading book.'
A reading book.
It reeks of school, of those reading records where the adult notes the pages a child has read, where reading is something that is marked and assessed but very seldom enjoyed.
It ended better than I thought it might. The children were very well behaved. They were steered away from the books that were no good for them, towards books the mother liked. They left the shop with a little bag each,
I almost cried. The WBD books are free, the vouchers are given to the children not the parents. The idea is that children learn to choose for themselves. Pick the books up, turn them over, flick through them, read them a little. You know, the sort of thing you do when you buy a book. But hardly any of the children who come in with their parents are allowed to have that experience. Everything is monitored. It's surprising we are not raising a race of rebellious lunatics. Perhaps we are!
I think I'm a bit disgruntled because someone just bought the last copy of Grief Works, Julia Samuel's very good new book, and I was reading it between customers.
There is another child in here now, whose mother is discussing the books with her and letting the child really choose. And she does: a Katie Morag book. Her teacher had told them all about Katie Morag, about how the stories are set on a real island. She told her parents all about it. I feel a lot better.