William Sieghart CBE

May 18, 8:30am - 10:00am BST. Hosted at LABS

part of a series on Commitment


About the speaker

William Sieghart CBE, has had a distinguished career in publishing and the arts. He established the Forward Prizes for Poetry in 1992, and founded National Poetry Day in 1994. He is a former chairman of the Arts Council Lottery Panel, and current chairman of both the Somerset House Trust and Forward Thinking, a charity seeking peace in the Middle East and acceptance of British Muslims. His previous anthologies include Winning Words: Inspiring Poems for Everyday Life, Poems of the Decade and 100 Prized Poems. He was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to public libraries.

William Sieghart’s Poetry Pharmacy began in 2014; since then, he has prescribed over 1,000 poems which speak to every human state; that is, over thousands of hours in person consultations the length and breadth of Britain, honing his prescriptions all the time to make the definitive selection presented in this book. With poetry sales set to pass the £10 million mark this year, The Poetry Pharmacy speaks to the growing audience discovering the power of verse.

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Doors open at 8.30 for brekkie and chats and we kick off the event at 8.50 sharp. See you bright and early!