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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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March 2015

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Saturday 21 March
Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm
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.

Events

Tuesday 17 March
Templar Poetry Live: Kim Lasky and Mark Fiddes
7 – 8.30pm
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.
Free, booking recommended.

Thursday 26 March
Martyrs of India
6.30 – 8.15pm
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.
Free, booking recommended.

Saturday 28 March
The Other Side of Sleep
3 – 4.30pm
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.
Free with an admission ticket, no advance bookings.

April 2015

​Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Bank Holiday Monday 6 April
Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm
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.

Saturday 25 April
Keats in the City Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm
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.
£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

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

Tuesday 7 April
Templar Poetry Live: Ciaran Carson
7 – 8.30pm
"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.
Free, booking recommended.

Saturday 11 April
Afternoon Poems: Edward Thomas - Goodbye Old World
3 – 4pm
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.
Free with an admission ticket, no advance bookings.

Thursday 16 April
London Literature Lounge
6.30 – 8.30pm
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.
Free, booking recommended.

Sunday 19 April
Family Day: Spring
1 – 4pm
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!
Free, drop in.

Thursday 23 April
Poems on the Underground: Yeats 150
7 – 8.30pm
The year 2015 is the 150th anniversary of W B Yeats’s birth. 'Words for Music Perhaps', is a celebration of Yeats 2015 and Shakespeare, with guest reader Shaun Traynor and poets Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes. In partnership with Poems on the Underground and Keats Community Library. Ticket includes a complimentary drink.
£8, booking essential.
Please note that this is a change of programme; 'Yeats and Margot' will now be performed on 5 May.

Thursday 30 April
Consciousness, imagination and poetry
7 – 8.30pm
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.
£5, booking recommended.

May 2015

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Bank Holiday Monday 4 May
Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm
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.

Bank Holiday Monday 25 May
Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm
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.

Events

Friday 1 May
Poetry Appreciation Group
2 – 3.30pm
Are you interested in reading and talking about poetry? Our Poetry Appreciation Group meets roughly every three weeks to discuss poetry on a wide range of themes. Members usually commit to at least a term. Contact ken.page@cityoflondon.gov.uk or 020 7332 1819 to find out more.
Free with an admission ticket, enrolment required

Saturday 2 May
The Poetry of Keats: A Literary Workshop 
11am – 4pm
This one day course led by Jenny Baynes, Literature Tutor at the City Lit, will give you the chance to read and discuss some of Keats’s poems in the location in which many of them were written. Works to be explored will include the odes and ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’. City Lit course code HLT115.
£34, to book contact infoline@citylit.ac.uk or 020 7492 2600

Tuesday 5 May
Yeats and Margo, with Timothy West and Victoria Ross
7 – 8.30pm
A live performance of Cicely Herbert’s radio play, with Timothy West as W.B. Yeats and Victoria Ross as Margo Ruddock. The play uses original letters and poems to dramatise the short but passionate affair between the 60-year-old poet and a troubled young actress. In partnership with Poems on the Underground and Keats Community Library.
£8, includes a complimentary drink, booking recommended

Saturday 9 May
Afternoon Poems: Garden of Love
3 – 4pm
The Keats House Poetry Ambassadors bring you a carefully-cultivated afternoon of poetry exploring gardens. Enjoy botanical readings in view of our beautiful garden, in which Keats found inspiration, friendship and of course love.
Included in house admission, no booking required

Tuesday 12 May
Perspectives on Poetry: Don Paterson and Durs Grünbein
7 – 8.30pm
Don Paterson and Durs Grünbein draw on a common understanding of poetry: its classical forms and traditions, its larger ambitions. Here, they are brought together in a meeting of minds across the English/German linguistic divide - a unique opportunity to experience live poetry in conversation. In partnership with Poet in the City.
Free, booking recommended

Friday 15 May
Late Night Keats – Museums at Night 2015
7 – 9.30pm
‘Through buried paths, where sleepy twilight dreams
The summer time away.’
Try your hand at the elegant art of shadow puppetry, create your own Regency silhouette, or join a twilight tour around this striking Georgian villa to explore John Keats’s life.
Join puppeteers Smoking Apples for a drop-in workshop where you will have the chance to operate their intricately-designed shadow puppets, and learn a little about the history of this art form. Two members of the company will be on hand offering practical guidance and support and to answer any questions you may have.
Visit www.smokingapplestheatre.com 
Tickets include a free drink from our pop-up bar. For lovers of literature and life – adults only.
£8, booking recommended

Sunday 17 May
Family Day: London
1 – 4pm
From Wembley to the Tower, and from the Romans to the present day... Join storyteller Olivia Armstrong for tall tales and amazing legends of the city. Family Day brings you free family activities on the third Sunday of every month.
Free, no admission ticket required, drop in

Thursday 21 May
alGEBRA, alPHABET and alMUTANABBI
7 – 8.30pm
Join us for an evening of poetry, music and green tea to accompany an exhibition of artist books from the Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street project – a collaborative artistic response to the bombing of Baghdad’s literary district in 2007. In partnership with Creatives without Borders and the Iraqi Cultural Centre in London; supported by SynergySync.
Free, booking recommended

Friday 22 May
Poetry Appreciation Group
2 – 3.30pm
See 1 May listing for details.
Free with an admission ticket, enrolment required

Saturday 23 May
From Surgery to Sonnets: Keats's Object Lessons with Kelley Swain
11am – 1.30pm
1816 was a formative year for 21-year-old John Keats. Though receiving his apothecary’s license and qualifying to practice as a surgeon, Keats decided to become a poet. Using the exhibition of his medical life, this poetry workshop will take a scientific approach to writing Keats’s preferred verse form, the sonnet.
£10/£8 concessions, booking required

Thursday 28 May – Sunday 7 June
Keats Festival
A celebration of poetry and literature, with performances, film, music, food and family events. Daljit Nagra will also hand over to our new Poet in Residence, Michael Rosen. Information about the Festival will be available soon on this website.

Thursday 28 May
Keats Foundation Annual Lecture 2015
7 – 8.30pm
Michael O’Neill will explore how Keats has inspired later poets, who respond to his linguistic richness and ability to explore contraries and tensions. The talk will trace ways in which Keats influences poems by a range of poets, including Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas, Wallace Stevens, Philip Larkin, and Seamus Heaney. 
Free, booking recommended

Sunday 31 May
Keats House Poets Present…Dean Atta and Hannah Lowe
2 – 4pm
A relaxed afternoon of poetry and spoken word with an open mic and performances from Keats House Poet Dean Atta and guest headliner Hannah Lowe. Atta’s prizewinning work tackles controversial subjects including homophobia and racism whilst Lowe, a Next Generation Poet, explores family relationships and celebrates the multicultural life of London. Supported by the Keats Foundation.
Free, booking recommended

June 2015

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Saturday 27 June
Keats in the City Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm
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.
£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

Friday 12 June
Poetry and Jazz
7 – 8.30pm
Join the Lapeko trio and the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for an evening of relaxing jazz and poetry, with jazz standards, original compositions and a selection of favourite poems to enjoy. Laura Hills: keyboards, Peter Durbin: guitar, Korinna Farrell: double bass.
£5, includes a complimentary drink, booking recommended

Saturday 13 June
Afternoon Poems: ‘When you are old’ – Yeats at 150
3 – 4pm
William Butler Yeats was one of the most original and distinctive voices in twentieth-century poetry, and a man who stood at the cultural, social and political centre of his nation. On what would have been his one hundred and fiftieth birthday, this reading explores how Yeats’s words continue to resonate today.
Included in house admission, no booking required

Sunday 14 June
Michael Rosen’s family show
2 – 3pm
The new Keats House Poet in Residence performs poems from 'Quick Let’s Get Out of Here', 'Mustard, Custard, Grumblebelly and Gravy' and 'Michael’s Big Book of Bad Things'. If coaxed he might even go on a bear hunt. For families with children aged 4-11.
£4, booking recommended

Sunday 21 June
Family Day: Down the Rabbit-Hole!
1 – 4pm
Not only rabbits but dormice, Duchesses and Mock Turtles: An afternoon of song and story inspired by Alice in Wonderland, with musician Luke Crookes. Family Day brings you free family activities on the third Sunday of every month.
Free, no admission ticket required, drop in

Thursday 25 June
Keats and the Art of the Romantic Letter
6.30 – 8.30pm
This evening of readings, discussion and activities will look at Keats’s letters, and the letters of some of his contemporaries, not only as literary texts, but also as material objects, with their own peculiar meaning and charm. In partnership with University College London.
Free, booking required

Sunday 28 June
Keats House Poets Workshop: A Dream Revived
2 – 4pm
What happens when a dream is brought back to life? Come and explore your dreams through writing and performance with Stephanie Turner and Dean Atta. Supported by the Keats Foundation.
Free, booking required

Tuesday 30 June
Templar Poetry Live: Erin Halliday and Emma Must
7 – 8.30pm
Erin Halliday launches her first collection, 'Pharmakon', and Emma Must her debut pamphlet, 'Notes on the Use of the Austrian Scythe'. Emma Must is a former environmental campaigner, preoccupied with the natural world and modernity. In Erin Halliday's lyrical poetry the Augustan Age meets contemporary European journeys and deeply personal encounters. 
Free, booking recommended

July 2015

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Saturday 25 July
Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm
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.

Events

Saturday 4 July
Garden Tour
2 – 3pm
A guided tour of the Keats House garden, uncovering some of the fascinating and often amusing stories about John Keats and his ‘melodious plot’. This tour will also explore elements of Keats’s poetry and how it inspired the existing planting schemes.
Free, booking recommended

Saturday 4 July
'Oranges of Revolution' launch
7 – 8.30pm
To celebrate the launch of her second collection, 'The Oranges of Revolution' (Smokestack Books), Clare Saponia invites a dozen poets to share in the dialogue. From the Arab Spring to the UK riots of 2011 and beyond, the event aims to address a range of issues and expand communication channels.
Free, booking required

Saturday 11 July
Afternoon Poems: 1815 and all that
3 – 4pm
To mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo this reading will focus on the Napoleonic era: the battles and heroes and also life on the home front. This was John Keats's England.
Included in house admission, no booking required

Thursday 16 July
An Evening with Michael Rosen
7 – 8.30pm
Michael Rosen reads from his new collection for adults, 'Don’t Mention the Children' (Smokestack Books) – a mix of surreal and political poems of the moment.
£6, booking recommended

Saturday 18 July
Garden Tour
2 – 3pm
See 4 July listing for details.
Free, booking recommended

Sunday 19 July
Family Day: Food, Glorious Food
1 – 4pm
Whether it's chips, ice cream, strawberries or summer BBQs, come and celebrate all things delicious in Keats House and garden. Family Day brings you free family activities on the third Sunday of every month.
Free, no admission ticket required, drop in

Sunday 26 July
Keats House Poets Present... Laila Sumpton and Tom Chivers
2 – 4pm
A relaxed afternoon of poetry and spoken word with an open mic and performances from Keats House Poet Laila Sumpton and guest headliner Tom Chivers. Sumpton’s poetry complements her NGO work by exploring issues around human rights. Chivers creates site-specific and audio work in addition to poetry, and is Director of Penned in the Margins. Supported by the Keats Foundation.
Free, booking recommended

August 2015

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm
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.

Events

Saturday 1 August
Garden Tour
2 – 3pm
See 4 July listing for details.
Free, booking recommended

Saturday 8 August
Afternoon Poems: From World War to Cold War
3 – 4pm
August 1945 saw the first use of a weapon of awesome power that has cast its shadow over the world ever since. Our readings reflect on that momentous time and its cost in human life.
Included in house admission, no booking required

Sunday 9 August
Family Day: Lions and tigers and bears!
1 – 4pm
From travellers’ tales of far-away lands to trips to the zoo, find out about some of the wildest and strangest creatures on our planet - and maybe make up some of your own.  Family Day brings you free family activities on the third Sunday of every month.
Free, no admission ticket required, drop in

Thursday 13 August
Gautam Sachdev Memorial Lecture
6.30 – 8pm
Join us to celebrate the life and works of Britain’s leading Hindi litterateur, the late Dr Gautam Sachdev. Sachdev wrote extensively, creating prose, poetry and essays. His fiction, besides reflecting the trauma of Indian partition, also incisively explores the conflicts of immigrant communities in contemporary Britain. In association with Sanniddhya, Hindi Samiti and Vatayan.
Free, booking recommended

Saturday 15 August
Garden Tour
2 – 3pm
See 4 July listing for details.
Free, booking recommended

Tuesday 25 August
The Right to an Identity: Mark Doty and Naomi Shihab Nye
7 – 8.30
Acclaimed US poets Mark Doty and Naomi Shihab Nye discuss how poetry is uniquely able to articulate our right to an identity. With live readings and discussion, we celebrate ground-breaking poetry that asks questions about who we are and how we live. In association with Poet in the City and Amnesty International.
Free, booking recommended

Sunday 30 August
Keats House Poets Workshop: Writing for Children
2 – 4pm
Together we’ll look at the best children's poetry, work out what we like and what our younger selves would have liked- before creating our own! Learn how to use colour, sound, rhythm and drama to build up the laughter in children's poetry through creating exciting characters and adventurous plots. Please note this workshop is for adults and young people. Supported by the Keats Foundation.
Free, booking essential

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
Bank Holiday Monday 4 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

The following walks will be available to book on Eventbrite later in the year:
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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