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 hello@poetrypharmacy.co.uk


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.

Poetry Pharmacy on Oxford Street! 

Our London pop-up is now closed, but you can find out about how it came about here.  We're so delighted with the news that we will have a more permanent London home on the first floor of Lush Spa on Oxford Street, where we'll also be running a Dispensary Coffee shop.

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