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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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December 2018 events

Sunday 9 December

Afternoon Poems: Christmas with Keats

2 – 3pm

Join us for our annual festive selection of poetry, featuring poems for every one of the 12 days of Christmas. Including Lord Tennyson a-leaping, three French poems and five golden poems on bells, it's sure to warm your heart this December.

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 13 December

Romanticism and War in the Brontës’ Youthful Writings

6.30 – 8pm

Written between 1829-39, the Brontës’ young writings offer an interesting glimpse into a nation recovering from the ramifications of large-scale conflict. Together, they created the Glass Town and Angrian sagas, which were moulded from war commentary and poetry of the present day. This talk by Dr Emma Butcher, author of the forthcoming book 'The Brontës and War', will explore their uninhibited, complex world, focusing on their fascination with the Romantic figurehead, Napoleon, and their unusual contribution to Romantic war writings of the period.

Free, booking recommended

Friday 14 December

Late Night Keats: ‘In drear nighted December’

6.30 – 9pm

Join us on an evening ‘in drear nighted December’ for a special late-night opening of Keats House. Leave behind the cold weather and get into the festive spirit – relax at our pop-up bar, listen to jazz and poetry by candlelight, take part in special guided tours and make your own Regency-inspired Christmas card. Adults only.

£15, booking essential. Includes a complimentary drink.

Sunday 16 December 2018

Family Day: Victorian Christmas

2 – 4pm

Make a very special card or decoration, using the Victorian technique of decoupage.

Free, drop in

Saturday 22 December

Guided Walk: Keats in Hampstead

11am – 1.30pm

Meet at Hampstead tube station (Northern Line), for an 11am departure

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

January 2019 events

Sunday 13 January

Afternoon Poems: Shelley and Byron

2 – 3pm

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

Keats in Hampstead Guided Walk

Meet at Hampstead tube station (Northern Line), for an 11am departure

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

Afternoon Poems Special: The Eve of St Agnes

2 – 4pm

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

Family Day: Let it snow

2 – 4pm

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

Free, drop in

Sunday 27 January

Keats House Poets: Deanna Rodger’s Performance

2 – 4pm

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

Hannah Lowe book launch: The Neighbourhood

7 – 8.30pm

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

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

5 – 7pm

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

Afternoon Poems: Love Poetry

2 – 3pm

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

Valentine’s Late Night Keats

6.30 – 9pm

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

Keats in the City guided walk

Meet outside Moorgate station (Northern Line), for an 11am departure

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

Family Day: A Pot of Basil

2 – 4pm

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

Free, drop in

Sunday 24 February

Keats House Poets: Raymond Antrobus’s Workshop

2 – 4pm

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

John Keats: ‘The vale of soul making’

11 – 4pm

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

Afternoon Poems: London in Verse

2 – 3pm

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

Shelley: ‘The Trumpet of a Prophecy’ Guided Walk

Meet outside King’s Cross Station by the Henry Moore statue, for an 11am departure

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

Family Day: Wings of Poetry

2 – 4pm

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

Sunday 24 March

Keats House Poets: Simon Mole’s Performance

2 – 4pm

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


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