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IQ2: The Power of Poetry with William Sieghart and Jeanette Winterson at the Emmanuel Centre

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Time 19:00
Date 02/03/18
Price £40

A special event celebrating the positive, transformative force of another kind of spoken word – poetry.

William Sieghart will tell the extraordinary story of his bestselling book, Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul. This is no conventional collection but one created from Sieghart’s own, personal experience of prescribing real poems to real people in need. Every poem is matched to a specific condition: fear of the unknown, unrequited love, stagnation, purposelessness, convalescence, oppression

Joining him in conversation will be novelist and poetry devotee Jeanette Winterson. Together they will explore poetry’s uncanny ability to calm, console and, above all, connect us to the minds and feelings of others. Finding the right poem at the right moment is not just a problem shared, Sieghart says, but a problem transformed. It is 'to discover a powerful sense of complicity, and that precious realisation: I’m not the only one who feels like this.' It is to forge a connection with ‘this stranger who understands – and what results is a sort of peace.’

Bringing the poems to dramatic life will be a cast of star actors including Helena Bonham Carter.