Poetry for a Change: Health and Happiness

Poetry for a Change: Health and Happiness

10 Apr 2018, 14:30 - 15:30

Poets' Corner

Reports into mental wellbeing in the UK make for unhappy reading: each week one in six reports experiencing symptoms of a common mental health problem, such as depression, and one in five has considered taking their own life. Perhaps it’s no wonder then that more and more people are turning to poetry to help them cope with everyday life and to understand the world. Drawing on their own experience of poetry as a remedy for loneliness, anxiety and distress, a panel of experts discuss what we are learning about its power to change lives.

This seminar is presented to you by National Poetry Day and the Poetry Book Society.


  • Ali Richardson



    Ali Richardson had a varied career in advertising and marketing, including six years running her own business and four years managing a Dorling...

  • Dr Jane Davis


    Founder and Director

    The Reader

    Dr Jane Davis MBE is the Founder and Director of The Reader, which exists to make the reading of literature, and in particular the collaborative...

  • William Sieghart


    Author of The Poetry Pharmacy

    William Sieghart has had a distinguished career in publishing and the arts. He established the Forward Prizes for Poetry in 1992, and founded...

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