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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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April 2019 events

Sunday 21 April, 2pm – 4pm

Family Day: Sew a Sampler

Fanny Brawne was an excellent seamstress and moved into the House 200 years ago. Join us to learn how to make your own Regency sampler.

Free, drop in

Saturday 27 April, 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

May 2019 events

​Friday 3 May, 3pm – 4pm

Blue Stockings Society @KeatsHouse

The original Blue Stockings Society was formed in the early 1750s by Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and others, as a literary discussion group for women and men. Join us at Keats House on the first Friday of the month as we reinvent this group.

Free, booking recommended

​Friday 3 May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Keats House: New Poets

Celebrate the most important bicentenary year for Keats by hearing innovative work from poets writing in 2019. Keats House: New Poets is curated by Suzannah V. Evans, who will read alongside Rachael Allen, Isabel Galleymore, and Mary Jean Chan.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 5 May, 11am – 4pm

The poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

This course, led by Nick Field, City Lit literature tutor and former Keats House Poet in Residence, will give you the chance to read, explore and discuss some of Keats' most significant poetry in the location in which many of them were written.

£39. Book via the City Lit or call 020 7831 7831 using course code HLT115

Sunday 12 May, 2pm – 3pm

Afternoon Poems: Keats’s Odes

Between the Spring and Autumn of 1819 Keats composed his five great odes. They continue to be regarded as some of the best examples of poetry in the English Language. Join our Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a reading which will transport and immerse you in the creative outpourings of John Keats 200 years ago.

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm – 9pm

Late Night Keats: Georgian Legacies

Join us for a special late-night opening of Keats House. We invite you to step back in time to the Georgian period in the beautiful villa in Hampstead. Discover some of the culture of the pre-Regency era with poetry readings, craft activities and a talk by Dr Elizabeth Spencer on what the clothing of three ordinary eighteenth-century women can reveal about their lives. You can also relax with a drink at our pop-up bar and listen to live music. Over 18s only.

£15, booking essential. Includes a complimentary drink.

Friday 17 – Sunday 19 May

Keats in 1819: Cloudy Trophies, Quiet Power

The Keats Foundation’s Sixth Bicentennial Conference at Keats House, including the latest Keats research and talks by Lucasta Miller, Seamus Perry and Emily Rohrbach. Full conference attendance and day tickets available.

Please visit the Keats Foundation for full details and joining information

Sunday 19 May, 2pm – 4pm

Family Day: Scribble Poetry

Learn about the famous poems Keats wrote in 1819 and find some inspiration to “hatch into sonnets” of your own.

Free, drop in

Thursday 23 May, 6.30pm – 8pm

‘Immortal bird’: Keats’s Nightingale

200 years ago, a nightingale ended its 4,000-mile journey from Africa and nested in the garden of Wentworth Place, providing the inspiration for one of the most famous poems in the English language. This talk by Dr Bethan Roberts will consider the literary and natural history of Keats’s ‘Ode to a Nightingale’, exploring the weave of nature and culture which underpins Keats’s ode, across place, scientific fact, symbolism and myth.

£4.50, booking essential

Saturday 25 May, 10am – 5pm

Looking Like Keats: Observation and Inspiration for Your Writing

John Keats isn't just a great English poet - he's a lively working artist who can show us how to be artists too. Join author and teacher Amy Weldon for an informative workshop on sharpening your habits of observation and direct, sensory language to heighten the impact of your words.

This workshop is appropriate for ages 18+

£4.50, booking essential

Saturday 25 May, 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


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