Events - Festival 2021

Poetry Pharmacy (postponed)

Thursday 1 July, 12:00 - Thursday 30 September, 16:00
Preservation Trust Museum, North Street - The Old Chemist’s Shop

Poetic Remedies at the Old Chemist Shop (postponed)

Whether you’re suffering from the stresses of the modern world or the pain of a broken heart, or simply need a tonic for the spirits, the Poetry Pharmacy has a poetic remedy.

As The Emergency Poet, Deborah Alma, assisted by James Sheard, has been dispensing poetry for over seven years—including at StAnza in 2015—from the back of a vintage ambulance at festivals, conferences, hospitals and care settings, libraries and schools, with a poetry pharmacy of poems-in-pills. In 2019 they opened their doors to welcome people to the world’s first walk-in Poetry Pharmacy in Bishop’s Castle. This beautiful Victorian shop with its original shelves and mahogany counter has been filled with poetry, literary and other gifts, retro and vintage stationery, as well as poetry books and pills. The Poetry Pharmacy provided a first aid kit supply of poems-in-pills for the Old Chemist Shop in the Preservation Trust Museum for StAnza 2020 and these have remained in place ever since. 

We had hoped the museum would be open during the festival so people could drop by to enjoy these. However, because of the lockdown it is currently closed, but the poems-in-pills should still be there once it opens again. 

Please note that live viewing of the exhibition depends on, and will be managed to comply with, Covid-19 regulations on social distancing in place in Fife in March 2021, and requires pre-booking for individuals or household groups. Please book your slot on the museum’s website by clicking here.

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This installation is presented in association with the Poetry Pharmacy  and in partnership with St Andrews Preservation Trust

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The Old Chemist’s Shop – Preservation Trust Museum, North Street

Photo: Jiye Lee

Location: On the north side of the eastern end of North Street, next to The Castle Tavern

This venue is an 18th century Scottish town house which was restored in Arts & Crafts style in the early part of...