Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events
27 – 30 September
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William Sieghart – The Poetry Pharmacy
September 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm£10.00
William Sieghart is a man on a mission. For the past 20 years, he has been prescribing poems for a wide variety of spiritual ailments as part of The Poetry Pharmacy. You may have heard him on BBC Radio 4 or seen him as he travels the length and breadth of the country, dispensing couplets like a wandering shaman. A strong dose of Larkin works wonders for anyone fearing death, while a poem on ironing is a surefire cure for those who have lost their zest for life.
Sieghart, publisher and philanthropist, certainly knows his poetry. He established the Forward Prize for Poetry in 1992 and founded National Poetry Day in 1994. He is also a former chairman of the Arts Council Lottery Panel and current chairman of Forward Thinking, a charity seeking peace in the Middle East and acceptance of British Muslims.
He will be talking about his latest book, The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried- and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul, which has been described by Stephen Fry as “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.”