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Deborah Alma

By Rebecca Markwick, on 12 January 2021

Deborah Alma of the Poetry Pharmacy

We chat about poetry’s powerful effects on our mental health, how she prescribes poems, and how things changed when she moved from a vintage ambulance to a bookshop in Shropshire.

Head to the show notes for links and a list of authors and books mentioned in the podcast.

Show Notes
In this Shelf Healing interview we chat to Deborah Alma, poet and founder of The Poetry Pharmacy. We discuss bibliotherapy, poetry, prescribing poems, and wellbeing, and what literature Deborah reaches for to improve mental health. This week I am joined by a guest co-host, Sara Cheraghlou.

Link to The Poetry Pharmacy website
Link to Deborah’s twitter account 

Authors and works mentioned in the podcast:
Tove Jansson
Seamus Heaney
Derek Walcott
John Keats
William Shakespeare
Esther Morgan

The Moomin books by Tove Jansson
Love After Love by Derek Walcott
Postscript by Seamus Heaney
Grace by Esther Morgan
East Coker by TS Eliot

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