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Help us keep Keats's legacy alive by joining in our programme of poetry performances, workshops, guided walks, late events and family fun days. Many events are FREE.

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January 2018 Events

Friday 5 January
Keats and Twelfth Night
7 – 8.30pm

Come and toast the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas, the traditional end of the Christmas season with poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims of A Joy Forever. With Keats’s poems and letters, Georgian games, gifts, a seasonal tipple and a glorious Twelfth Night cake, it will be the kind of evening John Keats himself would have relished.

£12 (includes light refreshments), booking recommended

Sunday 14 January
Afternoon Poems: Keats and Milton
2 – 3pm

John Milton was a poet greatly admired by Keats and other Romantic poets. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a special reading to accompany our new exhibition, which centres on Keats’s heavily-annotated, personal copy of Paradise Lost.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 21 January
Family Day: Snowy Scene
2 – 4pm

Even if we don’t have snow this winter we can have fun imagining it. Use feathers, fabric and felt to make a collage of Keats House in the snow, not forgetting the birds and cats in the garden.

Free, drop in

Thursday 25 January
Residency Launch with Hannah Lowe and Michael Rosen
7 – 8.30pm

Join us on Burns Night to welcome Hannah Lowe as she takes over from Michael Rosen as Keats House poet–in-residence. Celebrating the spirit of Burns, Michael will reflect on his residency and Hannah will read from her award-winning collections Chick (2013) and Chan (2016), which explore themes of family, multiculturalism, heritage and London.

Free, booking essential

Saturday 27 January
Keats in the City Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm (meet outside Moorgate tube station)

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 where he lived and studied, including Cheapside, Apothecaries’ Hall and Guy’s Hospital. Enjoy readings from Keats’s poems and letters along the way.

£12, booking essential

Sunday 28 January
Keats House Poets Workshop: Poetry as Protest
2 – 4pm

Work with Keats House Poet Deanna Rodger to both explore and create poetry as protest. Is poetry an effective form of protest? When and where has it been used, and to what extent? Is having a voice and space, to share perspectives, a form of resistance? Is this a fundamental human right?

Free, booking essential

February 2018 Events

Saturday 3 February
Architectural Tour of Keats House
11.30am – 12.15pm

Discover the architectural history of Keats House, originally known as Wentworth Place. Hear stories of its residents – John Keats, his good friend Charles Brown, and the Brawne and Dilke families – and discover how it was transformed into the building we know today.

£6.50 (includes house admission), booking recommended

Sunday 11 February
Afternoon Poems: Love
2 – 3pm

In the run up to Valentine’s Day we invite you to experience the poetry of love, performed by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors. The reading will include poems by Keats, Byron and others.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 11 February
Valentine’s Guided Tour: ‘Love is my religion’
11.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm

Join our knowledgeable guides to hear one of literature’s greatest love stories, the tale of John
Keats and Fanny Brawne. Clever and stylish, the young couple met and fell passionately in love
in this very house, an event that changed their lives forever. Please note the tour includes steep steps.

£6.50 (includes house admission), booking recommended

Wednesday 14 February
The Poetry of Desire with Liz Berry and Richard Scott
7 – 8.30pm

‘I see life in nothing but the certainty of your love’ wrote John Keats to Fanny Brawne, the woman he was in love with but unable to marry. Join us by candlelight this Valentine’s Night to hear poems expressing love and desire in their many forms.

Free, booking essential

Friday 16 February
Late Night Keats: Ah! Dearest Love
7 – 9pm

Celebrate Valentine’s at a special late-night opening of the most romantic house in London. Enjoy poetry and craft activities inspired by Keats’s poems and love-letters to his sweetheart Fanny Brawne, and relax with a drink at our pop-up bar. For lovers of life and literature.

£15 (includes a complimentary cocktail), booking essential

Sunday 18 February
Family Day: Sound Poems
2 – 4pm

Explore your imagination with musician Luke Crookes and create a group sound poem inspired by the life of John Keats.

Free, drop in

Wednesday 21 February
Templar Poetry Live: Rachel Spence and Seán Martin
7 – 8.30pm

Rachel Spence launches her debut collection Bird of Sorrow, taking inspiration from the mythological character of Medea, the sculpture Bird in Space by Constantin Brancusi, and L’Annunziata by the 15th-century Sicilian painter Antonella da Messina. Seán Martin, writer and filmmaker, launches his Templar Portfolio pamphlet The Girl Who Got onto the Ferry in Citizen Kane.

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 24 February
Shelley: ‘The Trumpet of a Prophecy’ Guided Walk 
11am – 1.30pm (meet outside King’s Cross Station by the Henry Moore statue)

Experience the stirring life and poetry of a great radical Romantic poet. We’ll visit fascinating landmarks in the lives of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley, from their first meeting to their notorious elopement and exile in Europe, where they created such ground-breaking masterpieces as Frankenstein and The Mask of Anarchy.

£12, booking essential

Sunday 25 February
Keats House Poets Present… Ella Frears
2 – 4pm

Dean Atta hosts an afternoon of open-mic poetry with a headline performance by poet, visual artist and curator Ella Frears. Ella is currently poet-in-residence at Royal Holloway University, writing about the Cassini Space Mission. Her debut pamphlet Passivity, Electricity, Acclivity is published with Goldsmiths Press. Open mic sign up from 1.45pm.

Free, booking recommended

Wednesday 28 February
David Bowie as Descendant of Lord Byron
7 – 8.30pm

Dr Emily Bernhard Jackson explores the links between Lord Byron and David Bowie. Her talk considers the way both men challenge their eras’ beliefs about what makes masculinity, suggesting that they do this as part of an interrogation of the concept of identity itself.

£6, booking recommended

March 2018 Events

Saturday 3 March
Earth and Air: Three Romantic Poets  
11am – 4pm

Join City Lit tutor Nicholas Field for a special literature workshop. The most human of the elements, earth and air, will lead us into some of the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats, and their meditations on the relationships between the individual, nature and society.

£39, to book contact City Lit on 020 7831 7831

Thursday 8 March
Keats, Women and Wentworth Place
3 – 3.45pm

‘I am certain I have not a right feeling towards women…’, wrote Keats to his friend Benjamin Bailey in July 1818. Join our knowledgeable tour guides at Keats House on International Women’s Day for a special tour devoted to the influential women in Keats’s life.

£6.50, includes house admission

Sunday 11 March
Afternoon Poems: Bells, Bells, Bells
2 – 3pm

Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for poems on the joy of wedding bells, the angst of school bells and the solemnity of those for whom the bell tolls. This reading features bells for all occasions, including Wordsworth’s happy bells, Edgar Allan Poe's moaning bells, and political humour from Keats, not to mention Oranges and Lemons.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 18 March
Family Day: Busy Birds
2 – 4pm

Birds are getting busy in our garden. As they inspired Keats to write poems, be similarly inspired and make a colourful bird from feathers, glitter and streamers to hang up at home.

Free, drop in

Saturday 24 March
Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk
11am – 1.30pm (meet outside Hampstead tube station)

Follow the story of Keats’s life in this walk around Hampstead village, with readings from his poetry and letters. Explore locations that inspired Keats, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and the Heath itself. We finish at Keats House, where entry is free to walkers. Please wear sturdy shoes.

£12, booking essential

Saturday 24 March
Poetry Workshop with Hannah Lowe: Love Thy Neighbour
1.30 – 4.30pm

Who lives next door to you? Who's tapping on your wall? Love (not) thy neighbour? In these socially turbulent times, who we live next to and how we treat each other have renewed importance. In this workshop we will use poems about neighbours and neighbourhoods, past and present, as a stimulus for our own writing.

£6, booking essential

Sunday 25 March
Keats House Poets Workshop: Writing Into Space
2 – 4pm

Dean Atta bring you a poetry workshop for astronauts and star gazers alike. Inspired by Keats’s poem ‘Bright Star’, we will imagine ourselves as heavenly bodies and explorers. Dean has been commissioned to write poems for the BBC, National Portrait Gallery and Tate. He is currently working on his second collection The Black Flamingo.

Free, booking essential

Thursday 29 March
Templar Poetry Live: Jo Haslam and Clive McWilliam
7 – 8.30pm

Join Clive McWilliam as he launches his pamphlet Rose Mining, winner of the 2017 Templar Pamphlet & Collection Award with its sequence of strange and haunting poems. Jo Haslam also reads from her collection Fetch which draws on urban and rural landscapes, the world of painting, and experiences of displacement and loss to explore the evolving ties between family, culture and language.  

Free, booking recommended

April 2018 Events

Sunday 1 April
Fled Is That Music: A Modern Musical Adaptation of Keats
2.30 – 3.45pm

Join us on Easter Sunday for a laid-back performance of contemporary musical interpretations of Keats’s poetry. Singer and guitarist Rob McGlade of Fathers of Western Thought will share his adaptations of 17 sonnets from 1817 – plus some surprise poems – in this unique acoustic concert. 

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 8 April
Afternoon Poems: Keats in 1818
2 – 3pm

1818 was a significant year for Keats. His poem Endymion was published, he lost his beloved brother Tom to consumption, and he moved into Wentworth Place, now known as Keats House. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors to hear some of his poems and letters from this year.

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 12 April
Professor Nicholas Roe on Keats in 1818
7 – 8.30pm

Keats’s biographer reflects upon the poet’s life in this momentous year: his stormy springtime sojourn in Teignmouth, where he composed ‘Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil’; his epic summer tour of the Scottish Highlands and Islands; and his sleepless, anxious autumn nursing his brother Tom, haunted by hostile reviews as he began to compose Hyperion. 

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 15 April
Family Day: Wondrous Words
2 – 4pm

Have fun experimenting with words with storyteller Emily Hannah. We’ll use words from Keats’s poetry to spark creativity, encourage word-play and produce poems to be proud of.  Suitable for over 5s.

Free, drop in

Saturday 21 April
Keats in the City guided walk
11am – 1.30pm (meet outside Moorgate tube station)

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 where he lived and studied, including Cheapside, Apothecaries’ Hall and Guy’s Hospital. Enjoy readings from Keats’s poems and letters along the way.

£12, booking essential

Sunday 22 April
Keats House Poets present... Moniza Alvi
2 – 4pm

Keats House poet Laila Sumpton hosts an afternoon of open-mic poetry with a feature slot from highly acclaimed poet Moniza Alvi. Join us in one of London's most cherished poetry venues for an afternoon of new voices and the powerful and lyrical narratives of Moniza. Open-mic sign up from 1.45pm.

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 26 April
Templar Poetry Live: Damian Smyth and Special Guest
7 – 8.30pm

Damian Smyth’s latest collection English Street explores the myths and moments of a market town in Ireland, with all the vexations, joys and disruptions that belonging to anywhere brings. Damian will be joined by the winner of the 2018 Templar Portfolio Pamphlet Award.

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 28 April
Architectural tour
11.30am – 12.15pm

Discover the architectural history of Keats House, originally known as Wentworth Place. Hear stories of its residents – John Keats, his good friend Charles Brown, and the Brawne and Dilke families – and discover how it was transformed into the building we know today.

£6.50 (includes house admission), booking recommended


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