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Discover our exciting programme of poetry readings, talks, walks, tours, workshops, special displays and family days. Many events are free.

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Booking for events

Booking is recommended for many of our events. Please visit Eventbrite to book tickets. For events that are free with an admission ticket to the house, please purchase your admission ticket when you arrive, or bring your valid ticket with you. For family and other drop-in events no booking is necessary.

July 2014

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in Hampstead
Saturday 26 July
11 am – 1.30 pm
Meet at Hampstead tube
£8 / 6 concessions Booking essential
Follow the story of Keats's life in this walk around Hampstead with readings from some of his best-loved poems. Starting at Hampstead tube, we will stroll through old Hampstead, visit the Vale of Health, dip into the Heath and finish at Keats House.

Events

Wasafiri: Celebrating 30 Years and New Generations
Thursday 3 July
6.30 – 8.30 pm
Join acclaimed poet Daljit Nagra and some of the UK's best writers reading alongside London's brightest new voices. Drawn from four schools around London, students who have been mentored by these authors will give the first public reading of their work, which will appear in September’s birthday supplement of Wasafiri, the Magazine of International Contemporary Writing.
FREE Booking recommended

Afternoon Poems: Canines in Verse
Saturday 5 July 
3 – 4 pm
This will be a reading of poetry about man’s best friend, the dog. It will include works by Shakespeare, Byron, Wordsworth and Ted Hughes. There will also be poems by lesser-known poets celebrating our four-legged friends. For all dog lovers and poetry enthusiasts.
Free with an admission ticket. No booking required. Please arrive early to secure a seat.

Poems on the Underground
Wednesday 9 July
7 – 8.30 pm
A celebration of Dylan Thomas with guest poets Dannie Abse and Owen Sheers; readers Piers Plowright and Cicely Herbert; and music by Welsh composers, performed by the Apollo Chamber Players.

The summer set of Poems on the Underground, posted in July 2014, celebrates the centenary of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The set includes poems by Dylan Thomas and four living Welsh poets: Dannie Abse, Gwyneth Lewis, Owen Sheers and Gillian Clarke, along with a poem by Gerard Benson, co-founder of Poems on the Underground, who died on April 28, 2014.
In partnership with the Keats Community Library.
£5 Booking recommended

The Muse Blast
Saturday 12 July
2 – 4 pm
A series of fun poetry workshops with Keats House Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra. Using outstanding examples from contemporary and historic poetry, Daljit will help participants deepen their knowledge of the techniques for writing exciting poetry. Participants will be given time to write and can expect to come away having started several new poems.
£10 Booking essential

Templar Poetry Live at Keats House
Tuesday 15 July
7 – 8.30 pm
Launching Dawn Wood’s new collection Ingathering, named after the ancient Canaanite vintage harvest festival mentioned in the Hebrew Bible – hag-ha-asip, and also described as ‘the going out’ of the year. Accompanying Wood, 2009 Mslexia Poetry Prize winner Sarah Roby will present her pamphlet This Afternoon and I. Supported by Arts Council England. 
FREE Booking recommended

Family Day: Holidays
Sunday 20 July
1 – 4 pm
Bring your camera for summer fun and creativity in Keats House & garden. Family Day at Keats House offers activities and inspiration for families of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
FREE, drop in. No booking required.

Keats House Poets Present… Miriam Nash
Sunday 27 July
2 – 4 pm
A relaxed afternoon of poetry and spoken word with an open mic and performances from the Keats House Poets plus headliner Miriam Nash. Miriam Nash is a poet and theatre artist. Her book of poems, Small Change, was published by Flipped Eye in 2013 and launched at Keats  House.
FREE, drop in, no booking required.
Please note, we recommend arriving early to book a seat.

August 2014

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in London
Saturday 9 August
11 am – 1.30 pm
Meet at Moorgate tube
£8 / 6 concessions Booking essential
Discover the London haunts of the 'Cockney poet'. Starting at Keats's birthplace in Moorgate, through the quiet City streets to Cheapside, walk to Apothecaries Hall and stroll along the river to London Bridge. We finish by the Keats memorial statue in Guys Hospital.

Keats in Hampstead
Monday 25 August
11 am – 1.30 pm
Meet at Hampstead tube
£8 / 6 concessions Booking essential
Follow the story of Keats's life in this walk around Hampstead with readings from some of his best-loved poems. Starting at Hampstead tube, we will stroll through old Hampstead, visit the Vale of Health, dip into the Heath and finish at Keats House.

Events

Afternoon Poems: War Poetry from Home
Saturday 9 August
3 – 4 pm
War has always had devastating repercussions for those who remain at home and those who look back on wars in later years. Some very powerful war poetry has been written by poets not involved in combat. In particular, women have had to face the loss of loved ones throughout the centuries.
FREE with an admission ticket. No booking required. Please arrive early to secure a seat.

Keats is not on Facebook
Saturday 16 August
3 – 4 pm
What would Keats make of modern-day London? Or Rome? Helen Burke reads poems written for the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, where she is the judge for this year’s children’s poetry prize. Her poems are fun, accessible and poignant, and feature in her new collection Here’s Looking at You, Kid.
FREE with an admission ticket

Family Day: The Sea
Sunday 17 August
1 – 4 pm
Come to Keats House and garden for an afternoon of journeys and adventure on the deep! Family Day at Keats House offers activities and inspiration for families of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
FREE Drop in. No booking required.

Keats House Poets Present… Travel Poetry with Laila Sumpton
Sunday 31 August
2 – 4 pm
Starting with postcard poetry to explore how we can use description to transport our readers to new destinations, we will then look deeper into the idea of travel – what people seek to find on holiday, what they hope to get away from and what they gain from new experiences.
FREE, drop in, no booking required.
Please note, we recommend arriving early to book a seat.

Guided walks

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Guided walks

We run two guided walks: 'Keats in Hampstead' and 'Keats in London'. The walks are led by City of London Guide Anita Miller. Booking is essential; book online at Eventbrite.

For more walks, visit Anita's website, Anita Miller Walks.

Guided walks calendar

Monday 26 May (Bank Holiday Monday): Keats in Hampstead
Saturday 28 June: Keats in Hampstead
Saturday 26 July: Keats in Hampstead
Saturday 9 August: Keats in London

Keats in Hampstead
Start: Hampstead Tube (Northern Line) at 11am.
Finish: Keats House, Keats Grove.
Duration: approximately 2 hours 15 mins.

Follow in the footsteps of one of our best loved poets, John Keats, and enjoy readings from his poems and letters. Starting at Hampstead tube station, this walk weaves through the quiet streets of Georgian Hampstead and dips into the Vale of Health to Leigh Hunt's cottage. Amongst other places we will see Fenton House and the homes of writers George du Maurier and D.H. Lawrence. Weather permitting, there will be a short stroll on Hampstead Heath which provided Keats with inspiration. We finish at Keats House, where John Keats lived next door to Fanny Brawne before leaving for Italy in 1820.

Cost: £8 (£6 concessions). Booking is essential; book online at Eventbrite. Entry to Keats House is free on the day to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Keats in London
Start: Moorgate tube station, eastern exit by NatWest Bank (opposite Cafe Nero) at 11am.
Finish: Guys Hospital, Nr London Bridge. Moorgate is on the Northern, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith and City lines, and also National Rail.
Duration: approximately 2 hours 15mins.

John Keats was known as the 'Cockney poet' and this walk explores parts of London where he lived and studied. Starting at Keats birthplace in Moorgate, we will weave through the quiet City streets to Cheapside, walk to Apothecaries Hall and stroll along the river to London Bridge. We cross the River Thames to finish by the Keats memorial statue in Guys Hospital. Enjoy a selection of readings from Keats's poetry and letters along the way.

Please note there is a flight of steps leading from the river up to London Bridge.

Cost: £8 (£6 concessions). Booking is essential; book online at Eventbrite. Includes free entry to Keats House.


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