View our opening times for the festive period!

From the 7th of December we will be open every day until Christmas, 10-4 on weekdays and Saturdays, 11-3 on Sundays.  Please note that depending on staffing, the coffee shop might be closed at some points, but the shop will remain open!

Christmas Eve - 10-1

Christmas Day - Closed

Boxing Day - Closed

27th - 30th - 10 - 4

31st - Closed

Due to the cost of heating our old building and January being such a quiet time, we will then be closed until the 25th of January.  This will give us chance to work on behind-the-scenes things for next year and for Deb to work on a new book co-authored with Mark Constantine, and for a bit of spring cleaning!  We look forward to welcoming you back on the 25th of January!

Welcome to the world's first walk-in Poetry Pharmacy!

"Here, instead of sleeping pills and multivitamins, customers will be offered prescriptions of Derek Walcott and Elizabeth Bishop" - Alison Flood, The Guardian.

Our independent bookshop is perfectly at home in this original Victorian building in the heart of the Shropshire Hills. Here you will find a warm welcome and a bookshop where you can browse according to your mood – from ‘Matters of the Heart’ to ‘For days when the world is too much with us’.  You will find books, art and gifts as well as beautiful stationery and artefacts chosen to address a particular emotional ailment.

The Poetry Pharmacist is on hand to prescribe poetic medicine for a complicated mix of emotions… or if it’s more serious, lie on the consulting couch and have a full length consultation with  hand-picked poems (by appointment).

The Poetry Pharmacy is proud to be a centre for poetry and creative writing, with a focus on well-being. The Distillery space upstairs is host to regular reading and writing workshops, as well as arts and well-being events, book launches and open mics. 


Visit the Dispensary Cafe to be prescribed coffees, tisanes, sodas & sherbets to lift the spirits.

Open Monday & Thursday to Saturday · 10am to 3.30pm and Sunday 11am to 2.30pm

Please note the cafe closes half an hour before the bookshop.

Telephone :01588 638069

or email


Our Shop offers books, prescriptions, pills, gifts and more.

Please visit us in Bishop's Castle - or shop online by clicking here.


Click here to learn about events in our light and airy Distillery space, with its own poetry library, tea and coffee and other resources.

You will also find information about our regular reading and writing groups.

Visit our London Pop-Up!

From now until the 6th of January, you can find us at Lush HQ on Beak Street, Soho!  We're so thrilled to have this opportunity, and grateful to Lush who have made it possible.  You'll find a whole range of poetry pills and books there, as well as a thoughtfully curated selection of literary gifts and stationery.   We'd love to see you there!

11am - 6pm Monday - Saturday

Lush Studio Soho, 67-71 Beak Street, Carnaby, London W1f 9SW

Find out more here!

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36 High Street Bishop's Castle Shropshire SY9 5BQ  Open Thursday-Monday 10-4 (11-3 Sunday)