Book Week NI: ‘I am the poetry pharmacist’

Poetry pharmacy sessions have been taking place in Belfast as part of Book Week NI.

They are the brainchild of philanthropist and author William Sieghart.

“I’m like a pharmacist, you come to me and tell me your troubles and I’ll try find a poem that is going to work for you,” he told BBC News NI.

He added: “There is a poem for everything, people tell me they’re lonely, they’re anxious, they can’t sleep, they have family problems and I try relate poems to these problems.”

Book Week NI is a joint initiative between BBC Northern Ireland and Libraries NI and takes place between 18 and 24 October. Read more about the theme and events for this year here.

Video journalist: Niall McCracken


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