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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.

September 2014

​Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in Hampstead Walk
Saturday 27 September
11 am – 1.30 pm
Meet at Hampstead tube.
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.
£10 / £8 concessions. Booking required.

Events

Templar Poetry Live at Keats House
Tuesday 16 September
7 – 8.30pm
Join us for an evening of Iota Poetry, with Editor Nigel Mcloughlin, regular reviewer Christopher James and publisher Alex McMillen. Nigel is the author of five poetry collections, the latest being 'Chora: New & Selected', and Christopher has won the National Poetry Prize, Bridport Prize and Ledbury Poetry Prize and his latest collection is 'England Underwater'.
Free, booking recommended.

The Poetry of Keats: A Literary Workshop
Tuesday 20 September
11am – 4pm
This one day course at Keats House is led by Jenny Baynes, poet and literature tutor at City Lit, who will read and discuss the Keats poetry that has inspired her. Course code HLT15.
£34. To enrol, contact infoline@citylit.ac.uk or 020 7492 2600.

Family Day: Kites
Sunday 21 September
1 – 4pm
Take to the air at Keats House this September. Make your own colourful kite to fly in the garden, and hear poems and stories of swooping and soaring, strange flying machines and aerial battles and ballets.
Free, no booking required.

Launch of Singing for Inanna
Thursday 25 September
7 – 8.30pm
Poems in English and Arabic by British poet Jenny Lewis and Iraqi poet Adnan Al-Sayegh, published by Mulfran Press, will be launched with a performance by Jenny and Adnan, with oud accompaniment by Patricia de Mayo, introduced by Leona Medlin.
Free, booking recommended.

Keats House Poets Present... "Our Place within it All"
Sunday 28 September
2 – 4pm
Where were you when Diana died? Or when Michael Owen scored that goal against Argentina? Remember watching the twin towers collapse on live TV? How can we creatively express the cracks or eruptions these world events cause in our personal lives? Join Simon Mole and Raymond Antrobus to harness the poetical power of making the political personal.
Free, booking required.

October 2014

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in London Walk
Saturday 25 October
11am – 1.30pm
Meet at Moorgate tube.
Discover the London haunts of the 'Cockney poet'. Starting at Keats's birthplace in Moorgate, walk through the quiet City streets to Cheapside, walk to Apothecaries Hall, then stroll along the river to London Bridge. We finish by the Keats memorial statue in Guys Hospital.
£10 / £8 concessions. Booking required.

Events

Singing for Inanna workshop
Saturday 4 October
Discover the influence of praise poems on Arabic and English poetry with British poet Jenny Lewis and Iraqi poet Adnan al Sayegh. Enjoy the lyricism of this vibrant tradition and write your own poems and songs of praise in response to it.
£15 / £12 concessions.

A Tale of Two Autumns
Tuesday 7 October
7 – 8.30pm
Come immerse yourself in an evening of conversation and readings at Keats House. Autumn 1819 saw deep political ferment, Keats's 'To Autumn' and Shelley's 'Ode to the West Wind'. Whilst in Autumn 1820, both published their greatest collections, and Keats left for Italy. In partnership with UCL English Department.
Free, booking recommended.

Afternoon Poems: Dylan Thomas
Saturday 11 October
3 – 4pm
This October will mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth. Join us to celebrate his life and work with readings by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors.
Included in house admission, no booking required.

Keats Quartet: When I Have Fears
Sunday 12 October
3 – 4pm
Keats Quartet visit the house of their namesake for the first time to perform a programme of all-English music, including works by Purcell, Holst and Vaughan Williams. Also featuring a premiere by young talent Lewis Wolstanholme, a piece based on Keats's poem 'When I have Fears' written especially for the Quartet.
Free, booking required.

Templar Poetry Live at Keats House
Tuesday 14 October
7 – 8.30pm
Join us for the launch of Mattew Henley's first collection, 'Beetle', alongside readings from Paul Maddern. Henley is preoccupied with Bosnia, where he served as Political Advisor to the UN High Representative, whilst Maddern's poetry is often located on the exotic island of Bermuda where he grew up. Supported by Arts Council England.
Free, booking recommended.

Family Day: It's Our World
Sunday 19 October
1 – 4pm
Be inspired by Keats House and garden to make your own drawings, carttons and collages, then work together to build a picture of Our Future World. Part of the Big Draw Family Arts Festival, celebrating the environment and buildings around us.
Free, no booking required.

London Literature Lounge
Thursday 23 October
6.30 – 8.30pm
An evening of poetry with an open mic. Writer, broadcaster and Director of London Literature Lounge, Anjan Saha, will read from his collection 'Lost Luggage'. Anjan's work explores themes of travel, the individual and spiritual journey. He will be joined by special guests and live tabla (India percussion) accompaniment.
Open mic sign up from 6.30pm.
Free, booking required.

Keats House Poets Present... Jo Bell
Sunday 26 October
2 – 4pm
A relaxed afternoon of poetry and spoken word, with an open mic and performances from the Keats House Poets, plus headliner Jo Bell. Former director of National Poetry Day and Glastonbury Poet in Residence, Jo is now the  UK Canal Laureate. Her poems are about narrowboats (she lives on one), archaeology, and dysfunctional relationships (write what you know).
Free, booking required.

Late Night Keats – Halloween with Daljit Nagra
Friday 31 October
7 – 9.30pm
Join us on All Hallows' Eve for gothic literature, music and a poetry open mic compered by Keats House Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra. For lovers of life and literature – adults only.
£8 (includes a complimentary drink), booking required.

November 2014

The Keats Festival is taking place from 7-15 June. For more information see our Festival page.

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in Hampstead Walk
Saturday 22 November
11am – 1.30pm
Meet at Hampstead tube.
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.
£10 / £8 concessions. Booking required.

Events

Afternoon Poems: Women at War –  Mothers, Martyrs and Munitions
Saturday 8 November
3 – 4pm
Some of the finest poetry ever produced came from the devastation and bravery witnessed during the First World War. This afternoon's readings by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors will focus on the unique perspective of women writers.
Included in house admission, no booking required.

Poetry Surgery with Daljit Nagra
Saturday 15 November
1 – 3pm
Do you have poems that you can't quite get right or that you aren't certain work? Poems that keep getting rejected by poetry magazines? Bring along up to three poems and Daljit Nagra will offer supportive critical feedback to help you unlock your poems and take them to the next level.
£5, booking recommended.

Family Day: Witches and Wizards
Sunday 16 November
1 – 4pm
Come to Keats House for tales, songs and poems with a magical flavour from our storyteller. Learn some of the secrets of Merlin, and invent your own magic spell.
Free, no booking required.

Templar Poetry Live at Keats House
Tuesday 18 November
7 – 8.30pm
An evening with Christopher James, Beatrice Garland and the winner of the 2014 Straid Collection Award (yet to be announced). Award-winning Scottish-born poet Christopher James will read a selection of his darkly comic and quintessentially English works. Beatrice Garland's 'The Invention of Fireworks' won the 2013 Straid Award. Supported by Arts Council England.
Free, booking recommended.

Keats House Poets Present... "when the frost has wrought a silence"
Sunday 30 November
2 – 4pm
Join Keats House Poets Anthony Hett and Deanna Rodger for a winter wonderland of words. Shake off the chill in your bones and welcome in December with this seasonally inspired poetry workshop.
Free, booking required. 

December 2014

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in Hampstead Walk
Saturday 20 December
11am – 1.30pm
Meet at Hampstead tube
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.
£10 / £8 concessions. Booking required.

Events

Sounds of the Real World
Sunday 7 December
3 – 4pm
Join us for a reading by Scottish poet Gordon Meade. Meade, who now lives in London, divides his time between his own writing and running creative writing courses for vulnerable young people. His most recent collection, 'Sounds of the Real World', was published by Cultured Llama Publishing in autumn 2013.
Included in house admission, no booking required.

Keats and Festivity
Tuesday 9 December
7 – 8.30pm
This evening of poetry and games will focus on Christmas festivities during the Romantic period, as practised by Keats, Hunt and their circle. Poetry readings will be interspersed with riddles, quizzes and silhouettes, and the evening will culminate in a performance of 'The Eve of St. Agnes'. In partnership with UCL English Department.
Free, booking recommended.

Afternoon Poems: Christmas Bells
Saturday 13 December
3 – 4pm
Escape the dreary December afternoon and join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for words of winter and celebration; seasonal readings in the warm comfort of Keats House.
Included in house admission, no booking required.

Keats House Poets Present... Daljit Nagra
Saunday 14 December
2 – 4pm
A relaxed afternoon of poetry and spoken word with an open mic and performances from the Keats House Poets, plus awesome headliner Daljit Nagra. Daljit won the Forward Prize for 'Look We Have Coming to Dover!' His 'Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!!' and 'Ramayana' were both shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.
Free, booking recommended.

Family Day: Christmas Fun
Sunday 21 December
1 – 4pm
Celebrate Christmas the Keats House way. Make your own cards and decorations to hang from the tree, try some festive family games, and see how people celebrated the festival in times past.
Free, no booking required. 

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 required; book online at Eventbrite.

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

Guided walks calendar

Saturday 27 September: Keats in Hampstead Walk (£10 / £8 concessions)
Saturday 25 October: Keats in London Walk (£10 / £8 concessions)
Saturday 22 November: Keats in Hampstead Walk (£10 / £8 concessions)
Saturday 20 December: Keats in Hampstead Walk (£10 / £8 concessions)

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: £10 / £8 concessions. Booking is required; 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: £10 / £8 concessions. Booking is required; book online at Eventbrite. Includes free entry to Keats House.


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