Woodstock Literature Society
The Woodstock Literature Society was founded in 2009 with the aim of presenting high quality talks on literature to local book lovers, offering time to socialise after the talk with refreshment (a glass of wine at evening talks/tea and cake at afternoon talks). Since then its reputation and membership have grown and we are pleased to welcome members and visitors from Oxfordshire and beyond.
Topics range from classic and contemporary authors, to drama, poetry, and foreign authors in translation. Our speakers include academic specialists, published authors, and literary journalists. Full details can be seen under Programmes. Please note that changes to the programme can also be found on the programme page.
Our next talk will be on Saturday, 19th February at 3.00pm. Please note the change of published venue to The Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Park Street, when Professor Rosemary Ashton will give a talk entitled: 'George Eliot: Naming Novels and Choosing Endings'.
We regret that we cannot accept card payments as we do not have the facilities in place to do so. We can accept cash or cheques, or payment by direct transfer to our bank account. For full account information please email email@example.com
The Woodstock Literature Society reserves the right to change the programme should circumstances require. Any changes to an event will be posted on the website, so please check before starting your journey, to avoid potential disappointment.
A selection of images used for the publicity posters for talks in recent years
Whilst we do not currently have pre-booking for our talks, we operate a system of preferential entry for our members up to ten minutes before the talk starts. We strongly recommend all attendees to allow plenty of time for parking (there is a car park at St Hugh’s Hall). The S3 Oxford-Chipping Norton bus service stops in the town centre on the A44, as does the S7 Oxford-Woodstock via Summertown and Kidlington.
Please email us if you have general or membership queries.
An undoubted hi-light for the Society was the celebration of our tenth anniversary in May 2019 when we enjoyed an afternoon's conversation between the drama critics Michael Billington of The Guardian and Peter Kemp of the Sunday Times, followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea in the elegant setting of Woodstock Parish Church.
Photograph: Peter Kemp & Michael Billington taking a question at the 10th Anniversary Talk.
Whether you are a reader, a writer, or a poet, Woodstock Literature Society welcomes your input and suggestions for future talks.