William has spent most of his adult life promoting poetry and it’s 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 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.
Approximate run time: 1 hour.
Run times may vary by up to 15 minutes as they can be affected by intervals and delays.
* Concession tickets are available for students, seniors and unwaged purchases.
69 O’Connell St, Limerick, V94 FK0H
Starting at the Brown Thomas store, continue walking straight up O’Connell St. After the Mallow St junction, Belltable is on the left-hand side of the road, in the middle of the block.
From the bus stop on Sarsfield Street, take the 304 as far as the O’Connell Monument, O’Connell St. Continue back towards the city centre, Belltable is on the right-hand side of the road, in the middle of the block.
Belltable is situated in the city centre and encourages patrons to walk where possible.
For those who can’t walk and need to drive there is only on street parking.
Belltable will open from 9am on both Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of the festival.
Tickets can be booked online at www.limetreebelltable.ie. Links to which can be found on this site.
Weekend Pass €130/€100. Individual Sessions €15/€12.
Tickets may be purchased at the door for individual sessions, while tickets are still available.
Please note that ticket capacity is limited at all events, tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis. Please allow time to purchase tickets on the door as no latecomers will be permitted once an event commences.
Belltable is fully accessible.
Wheelchair spaces: We strongly advise that, should you require a wheelchair space, you contact our Box Office staff on (061) 953400 as early as possible.
Accessible Toilets: Belltable has one accessible toilet in the main foyer area next to the bar.
Guide/Assistance Dogs are welcome in both our venues.
Baby Changing Facilities: We have baby changing facilities in the accessible toilets in Belltable.
The Belltable cafe will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm, serving coffee, tea etc.