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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.

November 2014

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks
Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
Saturday 22 November
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

Keats House Charity Fundraising Launch
Wednesday, 26 November
This event has been cancelled.

Keats House Poets Present... "when the frost has wrought a silence"
Sunday 30 November
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.
2 – 4pm
Free, booking required.

December 2014

​Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
Saturday 20 December
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

Sounds of the Real World
Sunday 7 December
3 – 4pm
Unfortunately this reading by Scottish poet Gordon Meade has been cancelled.

Keats and Festivity
Tuesday 9 December
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.
7 – 8.30pm
Free, booking recommended.

Afternoon Poems: Christmas Bells
Saturday 13 December
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.
3 – 4pm
Included in house admission, no booking required.

Keats House Poets Present... Daljit Nagra
Sunday 14 December
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.
2 – 4pm
Free, booking recommended.

Family Day: Christmas Fun
Sunday 21 December
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.
1 – 4pm
Free, no booking required. 

January 2015

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in the City Walking Tour
Saturday 24 January
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

Footfalls Echo in the Memory: Eliot's Expatriation
Thursday 8 January
Lyndall Gordon will give a talk to commemorate the 50th anniversary of T.S. Eliot's death. She is a Senior Research Fellow at St Hilda's College Oxford and the author of 'Eliot's Early Years' and 'Eliot's New Life', as well as biographies of Henry James, Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Bronte. In partnership with Keats Community Library.
7 – 8.30pm
£5, booking recommended.

Afternoon Poems: Food Poetry
Saturday 10 January A sensuous feast of words with poetry exploring food. Enjoy these tasty verses with the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors.
3 – 4pm
Free with an admission ticket, no advance bookings.

Family Day: The World in Winter
Sunday 18 January
Whether it’s snowy outside or not, join us for activities, words and pictures inspired by the winter landscape. Design your own snowflakes and frost patterns, and shiver at stories from toboggan accidents to polar expeditions.
1 – 4pm
Free, Drop in.

Paul Muldoon – One Thousand Things Worth Knowing
Tuesday 20 January
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon presents his new collection, 'One Thousand Things Worth Knowing'. Heedful, hard won, head-turning, heartfelt, these poems attempt to bring scrutiny to bear on everything, including scrutiny itself.
'The most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets, who writes poems like no one else.' Nick Laird, 'New York Review of Books'
7 – 8.30 pm
£10, booking recommended.

Templar Poetry Live: 10th Birthday
Tuesday 27 January
Join us for an evening of poetry to celebrate the tenth year of Templar Poetry hosted by Alex McMillen, with a selection of invited poets from Templar Poetry pamphlets, collections, anthologies and Iota Poetry magazine. More information on the guests appearing will be posted at www.templarpoetry.com. Supported by Arts Council England.
7 – 8.30 pm
Free, booking recommended.

February 2015

Booking

Please book events online through Eventbrite.​​

Walks

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
Saturday 21 February
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

Two For Joy and Self-Portraits
Sunday 1 February
A poetry reading by two Waterloo Press poets, Simon Jenner and David Pollard. Jenner's 'Two For Joy' contains an epic mixture of his elegiac monologues, obituaries and more – biographical, literary and musical. Pollard's 'Self-Portraits' is an imagined sequence of 88 poems based on artists' self-portraits. Pollard's reading will be illustrated.
3 – 4.30pm
Free with an admission ticket, no advance bookings.

Poets Upstairs
Sunday 8 February
Led by Pele Cox, the Poets Upstairs poetry writing and appreciation group bring their blend of wit, passion and erudition to Keats House with a special session devoted to 'Bright Star' and 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'. Bring your favourite poem by, or inspired by, Keats and come prepared for a lively discussion and readings.
2 – 3.30 pm
Free with an admission ticket, no advance bookings.

Family Day: Myths and Legends
Sunday 15 February
Come to Keats House for tales of fairies, heroes and monsters you’ll never forget. Learn some legendary songs, draw a dragon and try your hand at inventing a myth of your own.
1 – 4pm
Free, drop in.

Next Generation Poets 2014
Thursday 19 February
The Poetry Book Society presents two poets from Next Generation Poets 2014, a major promotion of the 20 most exciting new poets who have published their first collection in the last decade, reading with a young newcomer. Visit www.nextgenerationpoets.com
7 – 8.30pm
£6 includes a complimentary drink, booking recommended.

A Nightingale in Salon
Sunday 22 February
Historical flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Lofving perform a programme inspired by Keats’s ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. From the enchanting flute solo from Gluck’s famous opera 'Orfeo ed Euridice' to the sentimental songs of Franz Schubert, the ‘Flaugissimo Duo’ depict a wonderland where music has an intimate bond to words.
3 – 4pm
£5.50 (includes admission to Keats House), booking recommended.

Templar Poetry Live: Jane Weir and Patrick Toland
Tuesday 24 February
An evening of poetry with Jane Weir and Patrick Toland, winner of the third Templar Portfolio Award. Jane’s work has been described as a kaleidoscope of poetry where Morrissey meets Anna Magnani meets Edith Sitwell. Patrick’s work stems from a curiosity and sense of wonder about the workings of family and aging, love and loss. Supported by Arts Council England.
7 – 8.30 pm
Free, booking recommended.

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
Gain inspiration and professional advice on your writing in this 2-hour workshop. Bring along your favourite poems for discussion and then work on poems of your own. Rachael Allen is the online and poetry editor for 'Granta', co-editor of poetry anthology series 'Clinic' and online journal 'Tender'. Declan Ryan co-edits the 'Days of Roses' anthology series and is poetry editor at 'Ambit'.
4 – 6pm
£12, booking essential.

Faber New Poets
Thursday 5 March
This lively event showcases the talents of the best in the next generation of poets with readings from the four Faber New Poets 2013-14: Rachel Allen, Will Burns, Zaffar Kunial and Declan Ryan. Faber New Poets is a scheme run in association with Arts Council England that offers support and guidance to poets at an early stage in their careers.
7 – 8.30pm
£6, booking recommended.

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. 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: Sarah Roby
Tuesday 17 March
Templar Poetry is delighted to launch Sarah Roby's first collection, 'The Naming of Girls', to be accompanied by the winner of the fourth Templar Portfolio Pamphlet Award. Sarah Roby has won several national awards, including the iOTA Shot Award in 2013 for her pamphlet, 'This Afternoon and I'. Supported by Arts Council England.
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 Walking Tour
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
Poetry brought them together and, despite Sylvia Plath’s death at the age of 30, her poetry kept them together till the death of Poet Laureate Ted Hughes in 1998. This reading by Noelle Rimmington and Colin Pinney charts their first meeting and their various peaks and troughs, as so movingly portrayed in Ted’s last book 'Birthday Letters'.
7 – 8.30pm
£6, booking recommended.

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 22 November: Keats in Hampstead Walk
Saturday 20 December: Keats in Hampstead Walk
Saturday 24 January: Keats in the City Walking Tour
Saturday 21 February: Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
Saturday 21 March: Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
Monday 6 April: Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
Saturday 25 April: Keats in the City Walking Tour

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 London
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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