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 in Bishop's Castle 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. 


The world's first ever Poetry Pharmacy offering walk-in prescriptions, literary gifts, and books to address your every emotional ailment.  Visit our beautiful Victorian shop in the small town of Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, to browse the bookshop or pause in the Dispensary Café 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.

To browse the events taking place in Bishop's Castle, click here.


The wait is over, and our new Poetry Pharmacy has found its home on the first floor of Lush's Oxford Street Spa!  It stocks a specially curated range of books and other literary artefacts for the restoration of the self, and has its down Dispensary Coffee House serving coffee from our local roasters Hundred House Coffee and delicious cakes.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 9pm and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays.  Dispensary Coffee House 10am to 6pm, and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays.

To find out more about our Oxford Street shop, click here.

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