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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 2017 events

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.

May 2017 events

Sunday 7 May
The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop
11am–4pm

Read and discuss some of Keats’s poems in the location in which many of them were written. Explore Keats’s odes and ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ with City Lit literature tutor, Nick Field.

£39, to book contact infoline@citylit.ac.uk or 020 7831 7831

Thursday 11 May
Wordsworth, Byron and Wartime Sacrifice
6.30–8pm

Join Phillip Shaw, Professor of Romantic Studies at the University of Leicester, for a talk which discusses poetry by Wordsworth and Byron written in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo and explores some broader questions about war and the ethics of representation in British Romantic poetry.  A wine reception will take place at 6.30pm, with the talk commencing at 7pm.
In partnership with the Byron Society.

£5, booking essential

Sunday 14 May
Afternoon Poems: Afternoons and Coffee Spoons   
2–3pm

It is 100 years since T S Eliot's ‘Prufrock and Other Observations’ was published, the first volume of one of the most original and influential poets of the 20th century. Join the Poetry Ambassadors to explore how its modernist themes are still relevant today.

Free, booking recommended

Wednesday 17 May
Poetry and Psychoanalysis:  Keats and Negative Capability
7pm–8.30pm

Keats thought an important quality of a poet was ‘negative capability’ – the ability to tolerate what is uncertain or doubtful without irritably rushing for an answer. Dr Margot Waddell, psychoanalyst, and Dr Toni Griffiths, trustee of the Keats Foundation, explore how Keats’s insight has influenced the field of psychoanalysis.

£5, booking essential

Sat 20 May
Late Night Keats: Macabre Medicine and Herbal Healing
6.30–9pm

Blood-letting, cupping and anaesthetic-free amputations – John Keats left the life of an apothecary surgeon to become a poet. Discover more about medicine in the early 1800s, with guided tours and a drop-in workshop with Herb Archivist Karen Howell from the Old Operating Theatre. Sample botanically-inspired drinks from our pop-up bar and make your own herbal remedy to soothe your senses. Adults only – part of Museums at Night.

£12, with a complimentary drink

Sunday 21 May
Family Day: Epic Adventures
1–4pm

Ever wanted to star in your own epic adventure? You can do just that in our creative workshop, led by poet Laila Sumpton. You'll also be illustrating your epic with pictures of the daring adventures and the people, creatures and foes you meet along the way.

Free, drop in

Friday 26 May
Jodie Hollander
7–8.30pm

American poet, Jodie Hollander, will read from her newly published collection, 'My Dark Horses'. In her first full length collection, she explores familial dynamics and dysfunction, in ‘powerful and immediate poems [that] chart with huge passion’. There will also be the opportunity to pose your questions to Jodie and have your copy of 'My Dark Horses' signed.

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 27 May
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, booking essential

Tuesday 30 May
Templar Poetry Live: Sarah Roby
7–8.30pm

Sarah Roby launches her second collection, ‘The Straight Man’, alongside the latest winner of the Templar Pamphlet Awards. Sarah Roby's new collection is reminiscent of Angela Carter's work; surreal, utterly grounded and original yet wickedly playful.

Free, booking recommended

Wednesday 31 May
Become an Apothecary’s Apprentice
11am–11.45am, 1.30–2.15pm

Love leeches? Think ghoulish gore is great? Then you’ll make a fine Apothecary’s Apprentice! Did you know Keats trained as an apothecary? Learn the secrets of this trade by getting hands-on with objects. You’ll get the chance to concoct your own soothing herbal potion to take away. For children 7+ who must be accompanied by an adult.

£5, booking essential

June 2017 events

Thursday 1 June
Amaan Hyder 'At Hajj' Book Launch
78.30pm

Join independent publisher Penned in the Margins to celebrate the launch of Amaan Hyder’s debut poetry collection, 'At Hajj'. In a book that flickers between poetry and prose, we are taken on the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, experience the searing heat and crowds of Saudi Arabia, and explore the isolation of immigration. Travelling between forms and continents, Hyder presents a bustling and poignant debut on family, religion and the weight of tradition.

Free, booking essential

Sunday 11 June
Afternoon Poems: The Pleasures of Tea
2–3pm

Come and join the Poetry Ambassadors to celebrate the joys of a cuppa. We will voyage from East Asia to Hampstead via India and Africa, meditating on how tea plays a central role in humanity's most intense experiences, whether birth, marriage or bereavement.

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 17- Sunday 18 June
Open Garden Squares Weekend
11am–5pm

As part of Open Garden Squares Weekend, we’re highlighting the inspiration and dedication behind the tranquillity of our garden. Stop by to find out about the hard work carried out by the volunteers who tend our garden and pick up tips from these skilled horticulturists.

Garden Tours
Saturday 17 June, 2–3pm
Sunday 18 June, 11–12pm

A guided tour of the Keats House garden, uncovering some of the fascinating and often amusing stories about John Keats and his ‘melodious plot’. This tour will also explore elements of Keats’s poetry and how it inspired the existing planting schemes.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 18 June
Family Day: Minibeast Safari
1–4pm

We’re celebrating our magnificent garden as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend. Pick up a wildlife spotter sheet and see what birds and beasties you can spy. You can also make a miniature bug hotel to encourage minibeasts into your own gardens and outdoor spaces.

Free, Drop in

Tuesday 20 June
Templar Poetry Live: Beatrice Garland launching 'The Drum'
7–8.30pm

'The Drum' is Beatrice Garland's second collection bringing a reflective, wry, wistful and humane voice to a celebration of life tinged with wonder, mystery and the certainty of our mortality. It brims with friends, foes, lovers, memories and playful witty asides and travels far and wide. Hear poems that resonate between the finite and the infinite.

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 24 June
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

Saturday 24 June
On a Summer Evening: Late Night Opening
6.30–8.30pm

To celebrate the longer evenings, we’re extending our opening hours on the last Saturday of June and July. Relax with a drink from our pop-up bar and enjoy the unique atmosphere of dusk falling over Keats House, with an exclusive late night tour.

£8.50, booking essential

Sunday 25 June
Guided Tour: The Architectural History of Keats House*
11–11.45am

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 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 1 listed building, we do not have a lift.

Friday 30 June
Keats and the Poems of 1817
7–8.30pm

University College London’s Professor Gregory Dart, leading expert on the Romantics, will be transporting us back to Keats’s 1817 works, marking 200 years since the publication of Poems, 'On Seeing the Elgin Marbles' and the inception of 'Endymion'.  Discover more about this year of growth, travel and literary highs and woes.

£5, booking recommended

July 2017 events

Sunday 9 July
Afternoon Poems: La Bella Italia
2–3pm

Join us for an afternoon inspired by Italy, including Roman and Italian poets (in translation) and the many British and American writers who have over the centuries been drawn to La Bella Italia.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 16 July
Family Day: Plant Power
1–4pm

From beautiful to medicinal, Keats knew the power of plants and we’ll be discovering more about the wonder of the herbs and flowers. We’ll be giving you the chance to sow your own health-giving herb seed to nurture at home.

Free, drop–in

Saturday 29 July
Keats in Hampstead 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 29 July
A Joy Forever: ‘I Almost Wish We Were Butterflies’
2–3.30pm

‘I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain’ wrote John Keats to Fanny Brawne. Join poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims for afternoon tea – with readings, games, gifts, tea and cake – as they explore Keats’s summer days.

£12 (includes light refreshments), booking essential

Saturday 29 July
On a Summer Evening: Late Night Opening
6.30–8.30pm

To celebrate the longer evenings, we’re extending our opening hours on the last Saturday of June and July. Relax with a drink from our pop-up bar and enjoy the unique atmosphere of dusk falling over Keats House, with an exclusive late night tour.

£8.50, booking essential

Sunday 30 July
Guided Tour: The Architectural History of Keats House*
11–11.45am

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 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 1 listed building, we do not have a lift.

August 2017 events

Friday 4 August
Summer Jazz and Poetry
7–8.30pm

Celebrate the lazy, hazy days of the season with the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors and musician Catherine Lima, who will be coming together to bring you a fusion of poetry and jazz. Enjoy a drink from our pop-up bar and take in some sumptuous verse and music – heady summer evenings were meant for this.

£8.50, booking essential

Sunday 13 August
Afternoon Poems: Railway Rhapsody – A Love Affair with Locomotion
2–3pm

Ever since its inception, the railway has cast a spell over our nation and beyond. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for the rhymes and reasons why – from the days of steam through to the travails of travel in modern times – the enchantment lingers still.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 20 August
Family Day: Bird Garlands in the Garden
1–4pm

Swallows, larks and doves swoop through the poetry of Keats and we’re celebrating our feathered friends by making bird-feeder garlands in the garden. Using ingredients you’ll easily find in your kitchens and cupboards, we’ll be cooking up a treat for you to take home for the birds in your gardens, parks and outdoor spaces.

Free, drop in

Saturday 26 August
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, booking essential

Sunday 27 August
Templar Poetry Festival
Museum open 11am–5pm

In a first event of its kind, Keats House will be hosting a festival to celebrate the publications and poets of Templar Poetry, an independent publisher championing high-quality, modern poetry. Listen to pop-up readings throughout the day at Keats House and browse beautifully-crafted titles in the festival bookshop.

The readings and bookshop are included in admission to the museum, workshops and talks are charged separately.

Festival Events

Writing and Editing Workshop: Preparing a Short Collection for Submission
10.30am–12.00pm

Oliver Comins will lead a workshop for poets seeking advice, guidance and practical approaches to assembling and presenting short, Pamphlet-length collections. The workshop will explore techniques and approaches to bringing a collection together and preparing it for submission. Additional 1:1 sessions of 30 minutes will also be available to discuss draft manuscripts.

Workshop: £25, booking essential

Workshop with 1:1 sessions: £35, please email info@templarpoetry.com for further details and booking

Reading Films/Reading Poems Seminar
1.30pm–3.00pm

Paul Maddern will use Jane Campion’s Bright Star as a basis for comparing and contrasting the process of reading a film with that of reading a poem – especially in relation to passive and active engagement with art forms by readers and observers . The workshop will read poems inspired by specific films and discuss the use of the moving image as the natural development of the Ekphractic  tradition – the graphic and often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined.

£20, booking essential.

Walking the Block - Jane Weir
3.30pm–4.30pm

Jane Weir, poet, textile designer and editor reads and discusses her unique poetic biography of the Modernist handblock printers, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher. Their commercially successful work used natural dye stuffs, including indigo and madder and they counted Coco Chanel as one of their clients. Jane's poetry includes three collections and she has written on fashion, tailoring and couture.
*This event is part of the Templar Poetry Festival. In a first event of its kind, Keats House will be hosting a festival to celebrate the publications and poets of Templar Poetry, an independent publisher championing high-quality, modern poetry. Listen to pop-up readings throughout the day at Keats House and browse beautifully-crafted titles in the festival bookshop. The readings and bookshop are included in admission to the museum (open from 11am–5pm), workshops and talks are charged separately.

£5, booking essential

Paul Maddern and Oliver Comins
7.00–8.00pm

These two acclaimed Templar poets will be coming together to read from their catalogue of work, including Paul Maddern's first collection, ‘The Beachcomber's Report’, which was shortlisted in Ireland's  Best First Collection Award – the Strong Award sponsored by the Irish Times, and Oliver Comins' ‘Battling Against the Odds’ – a joyful, witty and stimulating collection about the game of golf and the sport of  life.
*This event is part of the Templar Poetry Festival. In a first event of its kind, Keats House will be hosting a festival to celebrate the publications and poets of Templar Poetry, an independent publisher championing high-quality, modern poetry. Listen to pop-up readings throughout the day at Keats House and browse beautifully-crafted titles in the festival bookshop. The readings and bookshop are included in admission to the museum (open from 11am–5pm), workshops and talks are charged separately.

£5, booking essential


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