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 Thursday, 22nd September at 8.00pm when Peter Kemp will give a talk entitled: 'Edith Wharton: novelist and legend'.

at Woodstock Town Hall

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 lindaglees@btinternet.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.

We hope you will enjoy the reviews 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.

AFTER THE STORM - Saturday, 19th February 2022

Just as we were getting into our stride with the 2022 Lecture Programme, in blew Storm Eunice. Our speaker wanted to keep the engagement with us. After an anxious wait, on Saturday morning there was confirmation that the Chiltern line was operating, and we were relieved and delighted to welcome Professor Rosemary Ashton to Woodstock (details of her talk are on the Reviews & Gallery page). We appreciate Professor Ashton's determination as, having endured a fairly fraught rail journey to Oxford, her return to London was even more protracted.

Woodstock Church (our venue) in sunlight.

Linda and Professor Ashton striding purposefully along Park Street, heading for the church.

A Robin watching audience arrive.

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