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Live On Stage
Tuesday December 5 2023, 7pm GMT

The Power of Poetry: Words to Heal and Inspire

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​​Join us for an evening of poetry and inspiration with William Sieghart, the acclaimed author of the bestselling Poetry Pharmacy books. Sieghart’s books have become a sensation, offering readers a prescription of verse to soothe, inspire and revive. At Intelligence Squared, we have had the privilege of hosting Sieghart before, along with stellar guests including Jeanette Winterson, Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West.

Now we’re delighted to welcome Sieghart back for the launch of his final volume in the series, The Poetry Pharmacy Forever: New Prescriptions to Soothe, Revive and Inspire. Joining him in conversation will be BBC broadcaster Sarah Montague. Together they will explore the poems in the new book, each one expertly matched to tackle specific problems we all face, whether it’s coping with grief, environmental despair, or burnout. Alongside the discussion, actors will perform the poems, bringing their emotional resonance to life and connecting us all as fellow human beings.

In a world that has been through tumultuous times, poetry can be a beacon of hope, a reminder of our shared humanity, and a powerful tool for healing. Come to the Tabernacle in Notting Hill on December 5 for an unforgettable evening and discover the poems that can help you to heal, connect, and thrive.

Event Name

The Power of Poetry: Words to Heal and Inspire

  • William Sieghart

    Publisher and philanthropist

  • Sarah Montague

    BBC journalist and broadcaster

  • The Tabernacle
  • 34-35 Powis Square,
  • Notting Hill Gate,
  • London,
  • W11 2AY
  • Tuesday 5 December 2023
  • 7pm to 8:30pm GMT



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 Montague

BBC journalist and broadcaster

Presenter of the World At One on BBC Radio 4, and HARDtalk on BBC World television. In 2018, she stepped down as one of the main anchors on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme after eighteen years.