Keats House is where the poet John Keats lived from 1818 to 1820, and is the setting that inspired some of his most memorable poetry.
Here, Keats wrote 'Ode to a Nightingale', and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, the girl next door. It was from this house that he travelled to Rome, where he died of tuberculosis aged just 25.
Keats House was built in 1815 as a pair of semi-detached houses known as Wentworth Place. Keats lodged in the smaller dwelling with his friend, Charles Brown from 1818 to 1820 and wrote some of his best-loved poems there. Situated near Hampstead Heath, Keats House was one of the first to be built in the area and was granted Grade 1 listed status by English Heritage in 1950. The house opened to the public as a memorial to John Keats on 9 May 1925.
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For a full list of current events, visit our What's on page.
The September-December 2013 (3.2mb) Culture and Heritage event brochure can be downloaded here.
Jo Shapcott Creating Writing Workshops
Due to the success of her series of workshops earlier this year our Poet In Residence Jo Shapcott has added more workshops. Bring your writing tools for these sessions which will give you starting points for poems. Everyone is welcome - all you need is a readiness to write. Visit our events What's on page for more details.
- Sunday 1 December 1.30-4.30pm: The Moods of Poetry.
- Sunday 2 February 1.30-4.30pm.
- Sunday 13 April 1.30-4.30pm.
Workshops each cost £20 / £15 concessions. All take place at Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead, NW3 2RR. To book, call Keats House any day except Mondays, between 10am and 5pm, on 020 7332 3868. Places are limited.
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