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Thursday 24 October 2019

The Poetry Pharmacy Returns with William Sieghart and Sarah Dunant

Art &
Culture

William Sieghart’s The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul was one of the publishing sensations of the past few years. Anyone who came to the event Intelligence Squared built around it – when Jeanette Winterson, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs,Sue Perkins and Tom Burke joined Sieghart in celebrating the power of poetry – will remember what a magical evening it was.

Now, after huge demand, Sieghart is back with a second volume – The Poetry Pharmacy Returns – and once again Intelligence Squared is bringing it to all to life on stage. Whether your spiritual ailment is loneliness, heartache or anxiety, Sieghart has a poem to meet your needs. He will be joined in conversation by acclaimed novelist and broadcaster Sarah Dunant. With their signature warmth and wit, they will discuss poems from the new book, each one matched to a particular problem, whether it’s unrequited love, fear of the unknown or feeling daunted by the challenges of family life. And we will have a stellar cast of actors to perform the poems, revealing their power to connect us to our fellow humans, bringing comfort and hope.

Join us for an unmissable evening and take the opportunity to have a poem prescribed specially for you.

Book Bundles

Book Bundles include one ticket for the event plus a copy of William Sieghart’s new book The Poetry Pharmacy Returns, to be collected from the venue on the night of the event.

 

Praise for The Poetry Pharmacy

‘Truly a marvellous collection … There is balm for the soul, fire for the belly, a cooling compress for the fevered brow, solace for the wounded, an arm around the lonely shoulder – the whole collection is a matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss’ – Stephen Fry

‘The book is delightful; it rightly resituates poetry in relation to its biggest and most serious task: helping us to live and die well’ – Alain de Botton

 

Sarah Dunant photo © Charlie Hopkinson.

Event Name

The Poetry Pharmacy Returns with William Sieghart and Sarah Dunant


Choose Tickets

Speakers
  • William Sieghart

    Publisher and philanthropist

  • Sarah Dunant

    Award-winning writer, broadcaster and critic

Chair
  • Bonnie Greer

    Author, playwright and broadcaster

 

ACTORS

To be announced.

Speakers are subject to change.


Location
  • Emmanuel Centre
  • 9-23 Marsham Street
  • London
  • SW1P 3DW
Time
  • Thursday 24 October 2019
  • 7pm to 8:30pm



Speakers

Speakers

William Sieghart

Publisher and philanthropist


Publisher and philanthropist. He established the Forward Prizes for Poetry in 1992 and founded National Poetry Day in 1994. He is chairman of both the Somerset House Trust and Forward Thinking, a charity seeking peace in the Middle East and acceptance of British Muslims. For over 20 years he has been running the poetry pharmacy at literary festivals, where he prescribes poems to members of the public to help them address their problems. His anthology, The Poetry Pharmacy, was published in 2017 and The Poetry Pharmacy Returns: More Prescriptions for Courage, Healing and Hope will be published this September.

Sarah Dunant

Award-winning writer, broadcaster and critic


Award-winning writer, broadcaster and critic. She has written twelve novels and worked for many years for the BBC in radio and television, presenting BBC 2’s arts programme, The Late Show, and Radio 3’s Nightwaves. She currently fronts a monthly history show for Radio 4, When Greeks flew Kites. Her most recent novels, including In the Name of the Family and Blood and Beauty, have become international bestsellers, translated into thirty languages.
Chair

Bonnie Greer

Author, playwright and broadcaster


Author, playwright and broadcaster. She was Deputy Chairman of the British Museum’s Board of Trustees and is former Chancellor of Kingston University. She is an Honorary Doctor of Writing from Kingston, and an Honorary Doctor of Drama from The Royal Glasgow Conservatoire.

 

ACTORS

To be announced.

Speakers are subject to change.