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Event at Keats House

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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February 2017 events

Sunday 19 February
Family Day: Melodies are Sweet
1pm - 4pm
Lyres, lutes and nightingale song can all be found in Keats's poetry. Make a percussion stick with beads and sticks and create beautiful music inspired by the words of Keats.
FREE, drop in

Saturday 25 February
Shelley: 'The Trumpet of a Prophecy' Guided Walk
11am  - 1.30pm
(Meet outside King's Cross Station by the Henry Moore statue, Euston Road entrance)
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'.
£12/10 concession, booking essential

Tuesday 28 February
Templar Poetry Live: Ellen Cranitch and David Coldwell
7pm - 8.30pm
Ellen Cranitch launches her first collection 'The Immortalist' following her pamphlet 'Dressing for Vesuvius' alongside the Marsden poet and artist, David Coldwell, with his Templar Portfolio pamphlet, 'Flowers by the Road'.
FREE, booking recommended

March 2017 events

Saturday 4 March
Earth and Air: Three Romantic Poets
11am - 4pm
This workshop with Dr Hugh Epstein will explore poems by Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. We will examine how landscape and weather give rise to these poets' meditations on the relationship between humankind, nature and society, and how each poet creates a poetic world strongly attached to the earth and its atmospheres.
City Lit course HLT135.
£39, to book contact City Lit on 020 7831 7831

Wednesday 8 March
International Women's Day with Jo Shapcott
7pm - 8.30pm
Join award winning poet and former poet in residence Jo Shapcott for a celebration of the female voice. Shapcott and special guests will recite and discuss women's poetry to mark International Women's Day.
£12, booking essential

Sunday 12 March
Afternoon Poems: Women and War
2pm - 3pm
The Whitehall memorial dedicated to the Women of World War II represents the familiar narrative of women performing their heroic duty throughout the devastation of war. This afternoon of poetry goes beyond 'keep calm and carry on' to the personal and psychological battles of workers, wives, mothers, Suffragettes and objectors.
FREE, booking recommended

Sunday 19 March
Family Day: 'A Faery's Child'
1pm - 4pm
‘… a faery's child, Her hair was long, her foot was light, And her eyes were wild.'
Do you believe in fairies, elves and goblins? Make the little people a toadstool house and hear some 'faery'-filled poetry.
FREE, drop in

Saturday 25 March
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.
£12/10 concessions, booking essential

Sunday 26 March
Guided Tour: The Architectural History of Keats House
11am – 11.45am
Explore the architectural history of Keats House, originally known as Wentworth Place. Hear the stories of its residents John Keats and his good friend Charles Brown, and discover how it was transformed into the building that we know today.
FREE with admission

*The tour will include the basement and first floor. The route will include steep steps and please note, as we are a grade I listed building, we do not have a lift.

Tuesday 28 March
Templar Poetry Live: Oliver Comins and Michael Woods
7pm - 8.30pm
Oliver Comins brings wry, witty and wily golfing metaphors in his pamphlet 'Battling Against the Odds', in what may well be a fascinating contrast with Michael Woods embarking on his odyssey to reunite the broken parts of poetry in his new collection, 'Algebra'.
FREE, booking recommended

April 2017 events

Sunday 2 April
International Children's Book Day at Keats House
1pm - 4pm
(Stories at 2pm and 3pm)
Make a book to celebrate International Children's Book Day, and create your own story to fill the pages. You'll also have the chance to hear some well-loved children's stories, listen out for your favourite.
FREE, drop-in

Sunday 9 April
Afternoon Poems: Edward Thomas
2pm - 3pm
To mark the centenary of the death of the famous First World War poet Edward Thomas, join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a reading of his revered war poetry a hundred years to the day since his death.
FREE, booking recommended

Sunday 16 April
Family Day: Easter at Keats House
1pm - 4pm
Easter bunnies have taken over Keats House and garden. They're hiding and we need your help to track them down. Find all the cheeky rabbits and make a carrot cone for carrying home your chocolate prize.
FREE, drop-in (£1 donation welcome)

Tuesday 25 April
Templar Poetry Live: Olive Broderick and the iOTA Shots Pamphlet Award Launch
7pm - 8.30pm
Olive Broderick's debut full collection, 'Night Divers', bristles with myth and stories from a marvelling and longing heart. One of the winning pamphlets from the iOTA Shot Awards (to be announced in February 2017) will also be launched on the evening.
FREE, booking recommended

Saturday 29 April
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.
£12/10 concession, booking essential

Sunday 30 April
Guided Tour: The Architectural History of Keats House
11am - 11.45am
Explore the architectural history of Keats House, originally known as Wentworth Place. Hear the stories of its residents John Keats and his good friend Charles Brown, and discover how it was transformed into the building that we know today.
FREE with admission

*The tour will include the basement and first floor. The route will include steep steps and please note, as we are a grade I listed building, we do not have a lift.


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