Each month, the Idler magazine brings together a great collection of writers, speakers and musicians for an evening of fun and feasting at the wonderful Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market. Editor Tom Hodgkinson and Idler Academy director Victoria Hull will be your hosts. The ticket includes dinner and a glass of wine or beer.
This month we welcome “happiness” philosopher Meik Wiking who will talk about his new book, The Art of Making Memories, and Forward Poetry Prize founder William Sieghart on the healing power of poetry and his new book, The Poetry Pharmacy Returns.
Meik Wiking has been described by The Times as the happiest man in the world. He’s a leading voice in the field of self-help/personal development. He founded the world’s first Happiness Research Institute in 2011, in Copenhagen, Denmark and as part of this work he contributes annually to the UN World Happiness Report. He is the author of the bestselling Little Book of Hygge and The Art of Making Memories, to published in September.He consults cities, governments and organisations around the world on happiness, and has worked with the Minister of State for Happiness in the UAE, the state of Jalisco in Mexico and the city of Goyang in South Korea, among others.
William Sieghart has published many books and is a regular broadcaster. His most recent books are The Poetry Pharmacy and The Poetry Pharmacy Returns which will be published in September. William’s Poetry Pharmacy began in 2014; since then, he has prescribed over 1,000 poems which speak to every human state; that is, over thousands of hours in person consultations the length and breadth of Britain, honing his prescriptions all the time. With poetry sales set to pass the £10 million mark this year, The Poetry Pharmacy speaks to the growing audience discovering the power of verse.
The dinner will be held at Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market with its superb modern English menu sourced from small local suppliers. There’s been a venue on this corner since the thirteenth century serving local spa waters before it became a pub, and now it has been stylishly brought up to date as a restaurant and bar.