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 in 2021 will be on Saturday, 13th November at Woodstock Town Hall when, in a change to the original published programme, Dr William Ghosh will talk on “V.S.Naipaul: A Life in Prose”.

An undoubted hi-light 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.

Peter Kemp & Michael Billington taking a question at the 10th Anniversary Talk

We hope you will enjoy the reviews and poems submitted to A Good Read by members and friends as part of our conversations about literature. Details of how to submit a piece can be found on the page itself.

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.

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.

Whether you are a reader, a writer, or a poet, Woodstock Literature Society welcomes your input and suggestions for future talks.