William Seighart - Lime Tree Theatre

William Seighart

Presented by Limerick Literary Festival in Honour of Kate O’Brien


William Sieghart has spent most of his adult life promoting poetry and its powers. He founded the Forward Prizes for Poetry, the UK’s biggest poetry prizes, in 1991 and soon after, National Poetry Day which is celebrated in the UK every October.


William Seighart

William Sieghart

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William Sieghart has been dispensing poetry prescriptions since his Poetry Pharmacy began in 2014 listening to thousands of people’s problems and prescribing them a poetic remedy.

He has published many books, including The Poetry Pharmacy, The Poetry Pharmacy Returns and this autumn the final book in the trilogy, The Poetry Pharmacy Forever.

Drawing on emails he received from the public during multiple lockdowns, as well as tried-and-true classics from his in-person pharmacies, he reminds us of the power of words to help us heal, reconnect us with the world and to recover what has been lost. From weathering sorrow and sudden loss, to dealing with environmental despair and burnout, his poems speak directly to a society in urgent need of comfort and compassion. Join us for readings from, and a discussion of, his powerful final instalment of the hugely beloved series, ‘The Poetry Pharmacy Forever’, a fulfilling dose of poetry to bring joy, solace and inspiration, one verse at a time.


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  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • No late comers admitted to the theatre once show commences.
    On street parking.

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