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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 2019 events

Sunday 13 January, 2pm - 3pm

Afternoon Poems: Shelley and Byron

Shelley and Byron were friends, lyric poets, and no-punches-pulled commentators on their age. Both were highly controversial figures. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a reading of poetry and prose that remains vibrant and responds to issues that are still live today.

Free, booking recommended.

Saturday 19 January, 11am start

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

  • Meet at Hampstead tube station (Northern Line)

Follow the story of Keats’s life in this walk around Hampstead village, including the Vale of Health, Well Walk and the Heath itself. We finish at Keats House, where entry is free to walkers.

£10, booking essential

Sunday 20 January, 2pm - 4pm

Afternoon Poems Special: The Eve of St Agnes

They glide, like phantoms, into the wide hall;
Like phantoms, to the iron porch, they glide;
Where lay the Porter, in uneasy sprawl,
With a huge empty flagon by his side;
The wakeful bloodhound rose, and shook his hide,
But his sagacious eye an inmate owns:
By one, and one, the bolts full easy slide:
The chains lie silent on the footworn stones;
The key turns, and the door upon its hinges groans.

Keats’s sensuous, Gothic love story, written in January 1819, has become one of his best-loved poems. On St Agnes’ Eve, the feast of a virgin martyr, girls would traditionally fast and pray to receive a vision of their future husbands. From this myth, Keats builds a tale full of drama and contrasts, with Christian imagery set against some of his lushest eroticism. Poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims will carry you through this poem in an interactive journey of deception, feasting and gifts, with readings from the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors.

Free, booking essential

Sunday 20 January, 2pm - 4pm

Family Day: Let it snow

Whatever the weather, join us for some snow themed creative fun.

Free, drop in

Sunday 27 January, 2pm - 4pm

Keats House Poets: Deanna Rodger’s Performance

Join Deanna Rodger as she shares some new writing and ideas around process. She will be joined by a special guest and host an open mic, with sign-up from 1.45pm.

Supported by the Keats Foundation.

Free, booking recommended.

Thursday 31 January, 7pm - 8.30pm

Hannah Lowe book launch: The Neighbourhood

Hannah Lowe and Outspoken Press launch her new chapbook, 'The Neighbourhood'. Written as part of her residency at Keats House, these poems explore how communities survive under extreme pressure, and how children negotiate the many meanings of neighbourhood. With guest readings from Outspoken poets Fran Lock and Anthony Anaxagorou and a Q&A with Hannah on her residency at Keats House.

Free, booking recommended.

February 2019 events

Saturday 9 February, 5pm - 7pm

Keats Foundation Annual Lecture: How much did Keats really know?

Dr Matthew Scott from the University of Reading revisits Keats’s important but vexing idea of Negative Capability and considers the criticism of his contemporaries who frequently imply that he knew either not enough, or too much of the wrong kind of thing.

£5 for non Keats Foundation Members, booking essential

Sunday 10 February, 2pm - 3pm

Afternoon Poems: Love Poetry

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 readings will include poems by Keats, Byron and many others.

Free, booking recommended.

Thursday 14 February, 6.30pm - 9pm

Valentine’s Late Night Keats

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 popup bar. For lovers of life and literature age 18 and over.

£15 (includes a complimentary drink), booking essential.

Saturday 16 February, 11am start

Keats in the City guided walk

  • Meet outside Moorgate station (Northern Line)

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.

£10, booking essential.

Sunday 17 February, 2pm - 4pm

Family Day: A Pot of Basil

Plant some basil seeds to take home and discover Keats’s gory, gothic story.

Free, drop in

Sunday 24 February, 2pm - 4pm

Keats House Poets: Raymond Antrobus’s Workshop

Join Raymond for a look into the creative process behind his work.

Supported by the Keats Foundation.

Free, booking recommended.

March 2019 events

Saturday 2 March, 11am - 4pm

John Keats: ‘The vale of soul making’

Keats pursued – vigorously and brilliantly – questions related to ultimate truths. Led by poet and CityLit tutor Peter Brennan, we shall consider a representative selection of his poetry and letters, reflecting on how their creative insights can help illuminate our own experience and aspirations.

£39. Book via the CityLit or call 020 7831 7831 using course code HLT31.

Sunday 10 March, 2pm - 3pm

Afternoon Poems: London in Verse

Throughout its long history, poets and other writers have responded to the extraordinary richness and diversity of London, its people and its many stories. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a reading in which they explore one of the greatest cities on Earth.

Free, booking recommended.

Saturday 16 March, 11am start

Shelley: ‘The Trumpet of a Prophecy’ Guided Walk

  • Meet outside King’s Cross Station by the Henry Moore statue

Experience the stirring life and poetry of another great radical Romantic poet. We will 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. This walk includes poetry and prose readings.

£10, booking essential.

Sunday 17 March, 2pm - 4pm

Family Day: Wings of Poetry

Keats was inspired by the birds in our garden and they appear in several of his poems. Join us to make a fabulous bird mobile using glitter and collage!

Free, drop-in event.

Sunday 24 March, 2pm - 4pm

Keats House Poets: Simon Mole’s Performance

Simon hosts a relaxed afternoon of spoken word and poetry, and a performance-based reunion bash for the Keats House Poets, class of 2010. As ever the mic is open for you and your poem too! Sign up from 1.45pm.

Supported by the Keats Foundation.

Free, booking recommended.

Thursday 28 March, 6.30pm - 8pm

Byron’s Poetic Afterlife

This talk by Dr Matthew Ward will consider the poetic afterlife of Byron in the long nineteenth century, focusing in particular on Matthew Arnold’s criticism and poetry. It will reflect on literary inheritance by thinking about the various ways the Romantic influence of Byron is dealt with by those that came after, and how (for better or worse) they resurrect Byron in their writing. In partnership with the Byron Society.

£5, booking essential.


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