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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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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