Sometimes only a poem will do…

Two very different interviews on Sunday’s show – this is what’s coming first…

Here is balm for the soul, fire for the belly, an arm around the lonely shoulder… a matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss – Stephen Fry

In the years since he originally had the idea of prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart CBE has taken his Poetry Pharmacy around the length and breadth of Britain, into the pages of the Guardian, onto TV and onto BBC Radio 4, honing his prescriptions all the time.

This weekend he’s bringing it to Newark, talking to the Girls Around Town about his latest anthology, The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul.

William has had a long career in publishing and the arts and is Tina’s former boss. Although their paths have crossed fleetingly since they last worked together in 1997, she’s looking forward to their first proper catch up in 20 years – not just on Sunday’s show but later in the week too, when he’ll be talking about the book and prescribing poems in St Mary’s Church in Lowdham on Wednesday 22 November.

Tune in or listen online from 10am on Sunday to hear William and Tina in conversation – to find out more about the Poetry Pharmacy event at Lowdham or book tickets, call The Bookcase on 0115 966 4143.

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