William Sieghart talks about his new anthology of ‘pharmacy’ poems and explains how this latest collection was created in response to reader emails received during lockdown. William is famous for his in-person poetry pharmacies, where he chooses and prescribes a poem as an antidote to life’s problems. The New Prescriptions anthology reflects the trauma experienced by many, from weathering sorrow and sudden loss, to dealing with environmental despair and burnout.
An entrepreneur, philanthropist and a long-term champion of poetry, William Sieghart has had a long career in publishing and the arts. He established Forward Prizes for Poetry in 1992 and founded National Poetry Day in 1994.