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A logo consisting of the word Keats and the number 200, with a silhouette of Keats in the rightmost zero.

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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October 2019 events

​Tuesday 1 October, 7.30 – 9pm

Jane Austen’s 'Sanditon'  

Janet Todd talks about Austen’s last, unfinished novel in this fundraising event for Keats Community Library.

£10, booking essential

Thursday 3 October, 6.30 – 8.30pm

‘Delicacies of Law’: Criminal Conversation and Adultery in Byron’s 'Don Juan' 

In this talk, Dr Emily Paterson-Morgan explores how Regency ideas of marriage, adultery, power and the law provide an extended frame of reference for Don Juan Canto I.

£4.50, booking essential

Thursday 10 October, 11am – 5pm

‘… and the day is gone.’ 

Spend a little part of your day with Keats and Fanny Brawne as they rekindle their love for each other for Keats200.

Included with special £2 entry to the House, drop in 

Sunday 13 October, 2 – 3pm

Afternoon Poems: 1819 

The year 1819 saw the creation of some of Keats’s most famous poems as well as works by fellow poets that would be remembered for centuries to come. Let the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors transport you back in time to a very significant historical and literary year. 

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 19 October, 11am – 1.30pm

Keats in the City Guided Walk

  • Meet outside Moorgate 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.

£10, booking essential

Sunday 20 October, 2 – 4pm

Family Day: Peg Doll Keats 

Create peg doll characters of the people who lived in the House.  

Free, drop in

Tuesday 22 October, 10am – 12pm or 2 – 4pm

Simon Mole workshop: Talking with Trees 

Join Poet in Residence Simon Mole and the Open Spaces team to learn and write about the trees on Hampstead Heath. We will try to understand the vital role that trees play in the battle against the climate crisis, writing some poems as we go!

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 24 October, 10am – 12pm or 2 – 4pm

Simon Mole workshop: The Grown Ups Ruined Everything

Young people are taking an increasingly active role in the global response to the climate crisis. This workshop for children and young people explores how creatively expressing yourself through poetry can help you be a force for change, as well helping you understand your own feelings about the unprecedented global emergency humanity is facing.

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 31 October, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Nine Letters and Poems

  • Meet at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, EC2M 3TL

Celebrate Keats’s birthday with an evening of readings and music in the setting of St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, where Keats was baptised in December 1795.

£7.50, booking essential 

November 2019 events

​Thursday 7 November, 6.30 – 8pm

Percy Bysshe Shelley and Broken Life

This talk by Dr Bysshe Coffey will explore Shelley’s distinctive approach to materiality and the consequences it has for us today.  

£4.50, booking recommended

Sunday 10 November, 11am then 2 – 3pm

Afternoon Poems: We Will Remember Them All, Always

Despite the significant number of women writing in World War One, many of them have been forgotten.  

Join us at 11am to observe the two-minute silence, and for Afternoon Poems from 2 - 3pm, for a selection of works written by women who experienced the horrors of war. 

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 16 November, 11am – 1.30pm

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 November, 2 – 4pm

Family Day: Regency Pleasure Gardens

Create a collage inspired by the Pleasure Gardens of 200 years ago.

Free, drop in

Sunday 24 November, 2 – 4pm

Simon Mole workshop: Act Now! Write Now!   

The final session in Simon Mole’s ‘No More Nightingales on a Dead Planet’ residency will encourage you to express your ideas and opinions through poetry and become a powerful force for positive change in the world!

Free, booking recommended 

December 2019 events

Sunday 8 December, 2 – 3pm

Afternoon Poems: Christmas with Keats

The Keats House Poetry Ambassadors read a festive selection of poetry, featuring poems for every one of the 12 days of Christmas. Hearing Lord Tennyson a-leaping, three French poems and five golden poems on bells, is sure to warm your heart this December.

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 12 December, 6.30 – 9pm

Late Night Keats: Keats in Festivity

Get in the spirit of the season at a special late-night opening of Keats House, featuring festive drinks, music and activities. Over 18s only.

£15, booking essential. Includes a complimentary drink.

Saturday 14 December, 11am – 1.30pm

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

  • Meet at Hampstead underground 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.

£10, booking essential

Sunday 15 December, 2 – 4pm

Family Day: Deck the House

Create some very special decorations to add a final touch to your festivities.

Free, drop in


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