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

Booking for 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.

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March 2015

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
Saturday 21 March
Start: Hampstead Underground Station (on the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line) at 11am.
Finish: Keats House, Keats Grove.
Duration: approximately 2 hours 15 mins.
Follow the story of Keats's life in this walk around old Hampstead, with readings from some of his best-loved poems. We will explore locations that inspired Keats, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and a lovely section of Hampstead Heath (weather permitting).
11am – 1.30pm
£10 / £8 concession, booking essential. Online ticket sales end at 9.30 on the day of the event. The walk finishes at Keats House where entry is free to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Events

Reviving the Muse with Daljit Nagra
Sunday 1 March
Sometimes it can be really difficult to write poems with an imaginative fire and sense of fun. This can take away our confidence and feel for poetry writing. This interactive session will explore ways you can get yourself writing, including overcoming ‘writer’s block’. Daljit will set inspirational writing exercises and you will leave having started at least two new poems.
2 – 4pm
£12, booking essential.

Poetry Workshop with Faber New Poets Rachael Allen & Declan Ryan
Thursday 5 March
4 – 6pm
This event has been cancelled.

Faber New Poets
Thursday 5 March
7 – 8.30pm
This event has been cancelled.

Afternoon Poems: King Arthur – The Enduring Legend
Saturday 14 March
From early medieval times writers have been drawn to the legend of Arthur, a noble king who unites Britain under a code of honour, chivalry and fairness. The legend encompasses human failings, ancient traditions and the Christian quest for redemption. This reading explores how King Arthur’s story has been presented over the centuries.
3 – 4pm
Free with an admission ticket, no advance bookings.

Family Day: My Family
Sunday 15 March
Learn about galloping granddads, crazy aunts and unspeakable brothers and sisters … not to mention dangerous pets. There will be readings and a workshop by performer and poet Joshua Seigel, author of 'My Grandpa’s Beard'. Draw up your family tree or write a complaint to your mum, in an afternoon for the whole family.
1 – 4pm
Free, drop in.

Templar Poetry Live: Kim Lasky and Mark Fiddes
Tuesday 17 March
Musings on the mysteries of dark matter, science and superstition from Kim Lasky's pamphlet 'Eclipse' meet the 2015 iOta Shot Pamphlet Award winner Mark Fiddes launching 'The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre'.
Sarah Roby’s collection will be launched later in the year.
7 – 8.30pm
Free, booking recommended.

Martyrs of India
Thursday 26 March
Vatayan : Poetry on South Bank invite you to the launch of Reginald Massey’s 'Shaheed Bhagat Singh and the forgotten Indian martyrs', with a recital of poems commemorating martyrs read in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.6.30 – 8.15pm
Free, booking recommended.

The Other Side of Sleep
Saturday 28 March
Discover diverse approaches to telling stories through poetry with Inua Elams, Alwyn Marriage, Jennifer A McGowan, Bernie Howells and Sarah Lawson, who feature in Arachne Press’ anthology 'The Other Side of Sleep: Narrative Poems'. Every poem guaranteed over 40 lines: long, narrative, but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices.
3 – 4.30pm
Free with an admission ticket, no advance bookings.

April 2015

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
Monday 6 April
Start: Hampstead Underground Station (on the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line) at 11am.
Finish: Keats House, Keats Grove.
Duration: approximately 2 hours 15 mins.
Follow the story of Keats's life in this walk around old Hampstead, with readings from some of his best-loved poems. We will explore locations that inspired Keats, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and a lovely section of Hampstead Heath (weather permitting).
11am – 1.30pm
£10 / £8 concession, booking essential. Online ticket sales end at 9.30 on the day of the event. The walk finishes at Keats House where entry is free to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.

Keats in the City Guided Walk
Saturday 25 April
Start: Moorgate Underground Station, eastern exit by NatWest Bank (opposite Cafe Nero) at 11am. Moorgate is on the Northern, Metropolitan, and Hammersmith and City lines, and also National Rail.
Finish: Guys Hospital, near London Bridge.
Duration: approximately 2 hours 15mins.
Follow in the footsteps of John Keats, the radical medical student, and discover the London haunts of this 'Cockney Poet'. From Keats’s birthplace we explore areas where he lived and studied, including Cheapside, Apothecaries Hall and Guys Hospital. Enjoy readings from Keats's poems and letters along the way.
Please note there is a flight of steps up to London Bridge.
11am – 1.30pm
£10 / £8 concession, booking essential; book online at Eventbrite. Online ticket sales end at 9.30 on the day of the event. Includes free entry to Keats House.

Events

Fragile and Reckless: The Lives of Sylvia and Ted
Thursday 2 April
This event has been cancelled.

Templar Poetry Live: Ciaran Carson
Tuesday 7 April
"I write in English, but the ghost of Irish hovers behind it; and English itself is full of ghostly presences." Ciaran Carson is the author of nine books of poetry and winner of the T S Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection. He is currently Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen's University, Belfast. Supported by Arts Council England.
7 – 8.30pm
Free, booking recommended.

Afternoon Poems: Edward Thomas - Goodbye Old World
Saturday 11 April
Edward Thomas is one of the most widely recognised of the First World War poets. But it is not the horrors of the trenches for which he is mainly remembered, rather his wonderful evocations of an idyllic rural world which was soon to change forever.
3 – 4pm
Free with an admission ticket, no advance bookings.

London Literature Lounge
Thursday 16 April
An evening of poetry with an open mic hosted by Anjan Saha. London Literature Lounge celebrates the rich literary seams of London and often explores multi-disciplinary approaches to the word. Open mic sign up from 6.30pm.
6.30 – 8.30pm
Free, booking recommended.

Family Day: Spring
Sunday 19 April
Celebrate the spring in beautiful Keats House and garden, with weather poems, make-your-own feather decorations and the famous Keats House Easter Egg Hunt!
1 – 4pm
Free, drop in.

Poems on the Underground: Yeats 150
Thursday 23 April
The year 2015 is the 150th anniversary of W. B. Yeats’s birth. Join us to celebrate with a special performance of 'Yeats and Margot' by Cicely Herbert. In partnership with Poems on the Underground and Keats Community Library. Ticket includes a complimentary drink.
7 – 8.30pm
£8, booking essential.

Consciousness, imagination and poetry
Thursday 30 April
The brain is a mass of tangled matter held in a case of bones. Is it here the universe stops and becomes conscious, suddenly sees itself, perhaps imagines itself? All our thoughts, our reasoning, our feelings unfurl from here – even our impulse to art, to poetry. Join us for a stimulating evening of poetry and discussion with Medicine Unboxed.
7 – 8.30pm
£5, booking recommended.

Guided walks

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Guided walks

We run two guided walks: 'Keats in Hampstead' and 'Keats in the City'. 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 21 March: Keats in Hampstead
Monday 6 April: Keats in Hampstead
Saturday 25 April: Keats in the City

The following walks will be available to book on Eventbrite later in the year:
Bank Holiday Monday 5 May: Keats in Hampstead
Bank Holiday Monday 25 May: Keats in Hampstead
Saturday 27 June: Keats in the City
Saturday 25 July: Keats in Hampstead
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August: Keats in Hampstead
Saturday 26 September: Keats in the City
Saturday 31 October: Keats in Hampstead
Saturday 28 November: Keats in Hampstead
Sunday 27 December: Keats in the City

Cost
10 / £8 concessions, unless indicated otherwise.

Time
11am – 1.30pm, unless indicated otherwise.

Keats in Hampstead
Start: Hampstead Underground Station (on the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line) at 11am.
Finish: Keats House, Keats Grove.
Duration: approximately 2 hours 15 mins.

Follow the story of Keats's life in this walk around old Hampstead, with readings from some of his best-loved poems. We will explore locations that inspired Keats, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and a lovely section of Hampstead Heath (weather permitting).

£10 / £8 concession, booking essential. Online ticket sales end at 9.30 on the day of the event. The walk finishes at Keats House where entry is free to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.

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

Follow in the footsteps of John Keats - the radical medical student - and discover the London haunts of this 'Cockney Poet'. Starting at Keats birthplace, we will explore the areas where he lived and studied, including Cheapside, Apothecaries Hall and Guys Hospital. The walk features readings from Keats's poems and letters. 

Please note there is a flight of steps up to London Bridge.

£10 / £8 concession, booking essential; book online at Eventbrite. Online ticket sales end at 9.30 on the day of the event. Includes free entry to Keats House.


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