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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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September 2018 events

Sunday 9 September

Afternoon Poems: Avians in Verse

2 – 3pm

This reading by the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors is devoted to our feathered friends and much-loved inhabitants of our gardens and parks. The reading will include poems by Blake, Clare, Keats, Shelley, Coleridge and many others.

Free, booking recommended

Wednesday 12 September

Michael O’Neill: Return of the Gift

6.30 – 8pm

Michael reads from his collection of poems that deal with themes of loss and illness but seek to maintain a resilience of spirit through language, form and humour. Described by the novelist William Boyd as containing ‘wonderful poems — wry, moving, wise — and written with a beautiful precision of language’.

£5, including complimentary glass of wine and book signing

Thursday 13 September

Miranda Seymour: In Byron’s Wake

7.30 – 9pm

In 1815, Annabella Milbanke married the notorious Lord Byron. Just one year later she fled, taking with her their baby daughter, Ada Lovelace. Byron himself escaped into exile and died as a revolutionary hero, aged 36. The one thing he had asked his wife to do was to make sure that their daughter never became a poet.
Miranda Seymour has written a masterful portrait of two remarkable women, revealing how their turbulent lives were haunted by the dangerously enchanting spirit of that extraordinary father whom Ada never knew.

A Keats House / Keats Community Library joint event

£10, tickets available from the library or online via Eventbrite

Sunday 16 September

Family Day: Recreating Keats House

2 – 4pm

Create a 3D model of Keats House and find out how it was similar and different to the House we know today.

Free, drop in

Thursday 20 September

Volunteer open day

4 - 7pm

Looking for experience in the heritage sector? Love poems? Love historic houses? Love Keats?
We are looking for new volunteers to join our friendly and creative team. With a variety of roles available, from gaining customer service experience and helping with events, to giving tours of the house, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. Drop in to one of our open days to speak to staff and current volunteers about the opportunities available at Keats House.

Saturday 22 September

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.

£10, booking essential

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September

Open House London - Keats House

11am – 5pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to see inside Keats House for free as part of Open House London 2018. Join our staff and volunteer-led tours revealing the architecture, history and inhabitants of the House and take part in our drop in family activity throughout the day.

Free, drop in anytime with tours scheduled for 11.30am, 1, 2.30 & 3pm.

Sunday 23 September

Keats House Poets: Anthony Hett’s workshop

2 – 4pm

Anthony Hett brings you a workshop exploring memories and how they change. From the innocence of childhood memories, to how memories can be altered and better understood with the passing of time or by viewing them from a different perspective. Don’t forget to bring a photograph of yourself as a child!

Supported by the Keats Foundation

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 27 September

Templar Poetry Live: Tom Weir collection launch

7 – 8.30pm

Join Templar Poetry for a glass of wine and new poetry in the Chester Room at Keats House.
Tom Weir launches 'Ruin', his deeply moving second collection, alongside readings from the latest issue of IOTA Magazine. Poets appearing include Victor Tapner, Rachel Spence, Jonathan Davidson and Michael Woods.

..Sometimes I’d picture them building your heart
from scratch the way you might build a fire—
sometimes I’d hear their tools
clanking in your chest, trying to ignite
the tiny engine of your breath.

From ‘Noah’ in 'Ruin' by Tom Weir

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 29 September

The Poetry of Keats: a literary workshop

11am – 4pm

Read, explore and discuss some of Keats’s poetry, including the odes and 'The Eve of St.Agnes', in the location in which many of them were written. This CityLit course takes place at Keats House, led by literature tutor Jenny Baynes.

£39 Book via www.citylit.ac.uk/contact-us or call 020 7831 7831 quoting course code HLT15

October 2018 events

Tuesday 9 October

Volunteer open day

2 – 4.30pm

Looking for experience in the heritage sector? Love poems?

Love historic houses? Love Keats?

We are looking for new volunteers to join our friendly and creative team. With a variety of roles available, from gaining customer service experience and helping with events, to giving tours of the house, there’s something for everyone to get involved in. Drop in to one of our open days to speak to staff and current volunteers about the opportunities available at Keats House.

Free, drop in

Wednesday 10 October

The Romantics Reading Milton

6.30 – 8pm

‘Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour’. This talk by Dr Tess Somervell explores the Romantics’ conflicted relationships with their predecessor, John Milton. Keats, Wordsworth, and their contemporaries related Milton’s great poem 'Paradise Lost' to their own revolutionary age, but they also understood Milton as a product of the seventeenth century and the English Civil War.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 14 October

Afternoon Poems: ‘No Coward Soul is Mine’, the poetry of Emily Brontë

2 – 3pm

The success, greatness and popularity of Emily Brontë’s only novel, 'Wuthering Heights', has meant that her achievements as a poet have been overlooked. To mark the 200th anniversary of her birth, join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors in this reading that explores her poetic legacy.

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 18 October

Keats House Poets Black History Month special: Writing Our Roots and Rhythms

6.30 – 9.30pm

The Keats House Poets Laila Sumpton and Stephanie Turner, with Tanya D’Souza, a multi-instrumentalist and percussionist specialising in West African Rhythms, present a very special Black History Month event at Keats House. We invite you to come and join us for an evening of West African drumming and a poetry writing workshop followed by an open mic and live performances.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 21 October

Family Day: Ghosties and ghoulies

2 – 4pm

Create a ghostly mobile and discover some haunting poetry at our monthly creative family workshop.

Free, drop in

Thursday 25 October

Templar Poetry Live: Laurence O’Dwyer launches his 2018 Straid Award Collection

7 – 8.30pm

Join Templar Poetry for a glass of wine in the Chester Room at Keats House, to celebrate the launch of the first of our new 2018 Templar Straid Collections alongside a new Templar Pamphlet Award poet.
The Straid Collection Awards are an annual publishing award administered by Templar Poetry bringing two new collections into print in 2018.

The Irish poet, traveller and neuroscientist Laurence O’Dwyer launches his Templar Straid Award collection, 'Tractography'. This unique, original first collection, travelling in and out of surreal, vivid, disturbing human landscapes, disrupts and transgresses memories real and imagined.

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 27 October

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.

£10, booking essential

Sunday 28 October

Keats House Poets: Anthony Hett

2 – 4pm

Anthony Hett shares new poems on the theme of ‘pictures of me’ while inviting audience members to share their poems on the open mic. The afternoon will then be rounded off with a headline set from the wonderful Yomi Sode.

Supported by the Keats Foundation

Free, booking recommended

Wednesday 31 October

Late Night Keats: My Hideous Progeny

6.30 - 9pm

Join us to take part in activities inspired by Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein', at a special late-night opening of the museum on John Keats’s birthday. Listen to readings from the novel (as part of the international ‘Frankenreads’events programme), join a Gothic tour, and have a go at using ink and quill pens to begin your own masterpiece. Don’t forget to toast Keats on his 223rd birthday at our pop-up bar! Find out more on our Eventbrite page.

£15 (includes a complimentary drink), over 18s only, booking essential

November 2018 events

​Thursday 8 November

Jeremy Reed and The Ginger Light

7 – 8.30pm

Visionary writer Jeremy Reed returns with sound artist Itchy Ear for a performance which blurs the boundaries between spoken word, music, sound design and song. Jeremy describes his work as encompassing ‘glamour, pop, rock, sci-fi, cyber, mutant, gay, drugs, the disaffected and outlawed, and the fizzy big city chemistry of London’. The evening includes works from Jeremy’s new book of poetry, 'Candy4Cannibals', published by Enitharmon Editions.

In partnership with Keats Community Library

£6, booking recommended

Sunday 11 November

Two minute silence and poetry readings

11am

Join us at Keats House to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The First World War is strongly depicted and remembered through poetry and throughout the day there will be readings of poems written during, and in response to the experiences of, 1914 –18.

Sunday 11 November

Afternoon Poems: Lest We Forget

2 – 3pm

Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a commemorative programme of some of the most powerful poetry ever to describe the tragedy of human conflict.

Free, drop in

Thursday 15 November

Andrew Mitchell: Villa Diodati

Join us for a very special performance celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of 'Frankenstein', which first appeared in 1818. Andrew Mitchell will read from his narrative poem sequence, 'Villa Diodati', accompanied on cello, violin and flute, with projected illustrations by Mary Kuper.

Sunday 18 November

Family Day: To autumn

2 – 4pm

Create a beautifully illustrated shape poem or collage inspired by the season at our monthly creative family workshop.

Free, drop in

Wednesday 21 November

Nora Crook: Reviewing Frankenstein

6.30 – 8pm

Join us ‘on a dreary night in November’ as Mary Shelley scholar Professor Nora Crook presents a talk examining ‘Just how notorious was 'Frankenstein' in 1818?’ to celebrate 200 years since the novel’s first publication. Hear about the wider literary landscape in which the text appeared, and its contemporary reception.

£5 (includes a complimentary drink), booking essential

Saturday 24 November

Shelley: ‘The Trumpet of a Prophecy’ Guided Walk

11am – 1.30pm (meet outside King’s Cross Station by the Henry Moore statue)

Experience the stirring life and poetry of a 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'. The walk includes poetry and prose readings along the way.

£10, booking essential

Sunday 25 November

Keats House Poets: Simon Mole’s workshop

2 – 4pm

Join Keats House poet Simon Mole to explore why writing for children and families can mean being more poetic and linguistically playful, as opposed to simplifying your work for a younger audience.
Simon’s first show for children and families was commissioned by the V&A in 2016, and has toured the UK extensively. His debut book for children will be published by Quartro/Frances Lincoln, and his new show (an interactive rap musical for kids created in collaboration with singer songwriter Gecko) is touring spring 2019.

Supported by The Keats Foundation

Free, booking recommended

Thursday 29 November

Templar Poetry Live: Laura Webb launches Pickles, her 2018 Straid Award Collection

7 – 8.30pm

Join Templar Poetry in the Chester Room at Keats House, to enjoy a glass of wine and celebrate the launch of the second new collection in the 2018 Templar Straid Collection Awards, alongside one of our new pamphlet poets.

Laura Webb, joint winner of The Manchester Poetry Prize, launches her inaugural collection, 'Pickles'. Laura was born in Birkenhead and her poetry frequently celebrates the lives and work of women throughout history.

The Greatest Lady Swimmer in the World
for Agnes Beckwith

Dear greatest lady swimmer, does water taste like buckets,
like swallowing a flower only to find it blossomed in your stomach
hours later, casting its turquoise nets in your small intestine,
its petals surfacing ceaselessly on your tongue?

Free, booking recommended 

December 2018 events

Look out in December

for the launch of our new look #Keats200 bicentenary programme, celebrating the 200th anniversary of John Keats living at Wentworth Place, now known as Keats House.


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