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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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June 2019 events

​Thursday 6 June, 6.30 – 8pm

Keats and the Sea by Professor Nicholas Roe

In this new lecture for Keats House Nicholas Roe, the poet's biographer and Chair of the keats Foundation, will explore Keats's lifelong fascination with the sea.

£4.50, booking recommended

Thursday 6 – Sunday 26 June

William Blake's Mystic Map of London

Inspired by the visionary poet and artist William Blake, this art project by Louisa Albani travels with him as he wanders through his native Lodnon. Blake's response to the destruction, rebuilding and transformation of late eighteenth-century London was to imaginatively create a symbolic city, a new 'Jerusalem'. From Golden Square near to his childhood home, to the 'bar of gold' that is the River Thames, Blake unveils his 'golden city' for the future, inspired by an arcane past.

Free – included with admission to the House

Friday 7 June, 3 – 4pm

Blue Stockings Society @KeatsHouse: The Backwash of War

The 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 for our own version of the Blue Stockings Society. Everyone is welcome to this free event whether you know a lot about literature or hardly anything.

Later in this month we will be marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles with an evening of poetry, drama and songs inspired by the forgotten women writers of World War 1. Therefore, for this session we will consider the work of a female war writer Ellen N. La Motte whose collection of stories titled The Backwash of War shows her pioneering a writing style long associated with Hemingway, before he had even graduated high school. The book is based on Motte’s experience working at a French field hospital on the Western Front and was banned in England and France for its criticism of the ongoing war. Two years later, after multiple printings and critical acclaim, it was censored in wartime America.

Free, booking recommended

Sunday 9 June, 2 – 3pm

Afternoon Poems: William Blake

Blake lived and worked in London at a time of great political and social change which inspired his creative output and desire to influence people’s minds. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors to ‘Hear the voice of the Bard!’

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 15 June, 11am – 1.30pm

Shelley: 'The Trumpet of a Prophecy' Guided Walk

  • Meet outside King's Cross station by the Henry Moore statue

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 elopment 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 16 June, 2 – 4pm

Family Day: Mystic Maps of London

A workshop inspired by William Blake’s mystic map of London, encouraging participants to become imaginative architects of their own ‘golden’ cities by creating unique maps. Louisa Albani's art exhibition 'William Blake's Mystic Map of London' will be on display at Keats House from 6 - 26 June (entry included with admission to the House). We are delighted that she is able to present this special Family Day workshop alongside the exhibition.

Free, drop in

Wednesday 19 June, 6.30 – 8pm

Byron, Boxing and Regency Culture: a talk by Professor Tim Webb

Like several of his literary contemporaries, including the Keats brothers, Byron was attracted to boxing. It was a powerful cultural phenomenon, especially among the aristocracy and the upper-classes, and fascinated the Prince Regent, who employed nineteen retired boxers at his coronation in 1821.

In partnership with the Byron Society.

£4.50, booking essential

Thursday 20 June, 6.30 – 8pm

Dr David Fallon on William Blake's Visionary London

Blake is London's revolutionary prophet. He spent almost all of his life in the city, which was both the inspiration for his visionary poetry and artworks and a recurrent subject in them. Blake's way of seeing London was uniquely imaginative, visionary, and transformative: his works communicate his sense that the streets of London open out into Eternity. This talk by Dr David Fallon will trace Blake's life as it intertwined with the dramatic historical events the city witnessed during his lifetime and explore the different ways he represented the mighty city in all its horror and grandeur.

David Fallon is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Roehampton and author of 'Blake, Myth, and Enlightenment: The Politics of Apotheosis' (2017).

£4.50, booking recommended

Friday 28 June, 6.30 – 8pm

WOW – Women On War

On the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, join us for a moving, funny and provocative evening of poetry, drama and songs inspired by the forgotten women writers of World War 1.

£4.50, booking essential

July 2019 events

Thursday 4 July, 6.30 – 8pm

Women Writers of the Romantic Period

Join Dr Anna Mercer to hear about the prolific and captivating works and lives of women writers in what is now thought of as the Romantic period (c.1770-1830), including Anna Letitia Barbauld, Frances Burney, Sara Coleridge, Hester Thrale Piozzi, Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Free, booking essential

Saturday 6 July, 2 – 4pm

Outdoor Performance of 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Drama Impact presents William Shakespeare's much loved comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing'. A 90-minute no-nonsense performance with pre-show Director's talk and fun interactive session. Suitable for all ages.

For ticket prices and booking, please visit Drama Impact

Thursday 11 July, 6.30 – 8pm

Keats's Bees and the Odes of 1819

This talk by Ellen Nicholls discusses how Keats imagines and conceptualises bees in the famous odes of 1819. Focussing particular attention on 'Ode on Indolence', 'Ode on Melancholy', and 'To Autumn', it considers how bees are central figures through which Keats envisages and explores the pleasures and pains of the creative process.

Free, booking essential

Sunday 14 July, 2 – 3pm

Afternoon Poems: Byron’s Don Juan

Celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of the first two cantos of Byron’s satirical epic, Don Juan. The poet caused a sensation when these verses first appeared in July 1819: the ‘immoral content’ led the work to be deemed a ‘filthy and impious poem’... but it was very popular with the general public. Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a special reading including works by Byron and some of his contemporaries. In partnership with the Byron Society.

Free, booking recommended

Saturday 20 July, 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

Sunday 21 July, 2 – 4pm

Family Day: Talking Fans

Feeling hot? Join us to learn how to make a Regency fan and discover the art of fan language. 

Free, drop in

Saturday 27 July, 11am – 4.30pm

City Lit poetry masterclass (advanced)

Helen Cox, poetry coordinator at City Lit, facilitates an advanced poetry workshop drawing on a variety of techniques in the idyllic surroundings of Keats House.

£69. Book via the City Lit or call 020 7831 7831 using course code HW440

August 2019 events

​Thursday 8 August, 7 – 8.30pm

Summer Poetry and Jazz

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. Take in some sumptuous verse and music. Heady summer evenings were made for this. 

£7.50, booking essential

Friday 16 August, 2 – 4pm

Afternoon Poems Special: Peterloo 200th Anniversary

Join the Keats House Poetry Ambassadors for a reading of The Mask of Anarchy. Written by Percy Bysshe Shelley in response to the Peterloo massacre which occurred in St Peter’s Fields, Manchester, on 16 August 1819. Professor Ian Haywood of the University of Roehampton will discuss the poem’s historic context.

‘Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you –
Ye are many – they are few.’

Free, drop in

Saturday 17 August, 11am – 1.30pm

Shelley: 'The Trumpet of a Prophecy' Guided Walk

  • Meet outside King's Cross station by the Henry Moore statue

'Rise, like lions after slumber' to experience the stirring life and poetry of another great radical Romantic poet on the 200th anniversary of the writing of 'The Mask of Anarchy'. We will visit fascinating landmarks in the lives of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley – from their first meeting to their notorious elopment 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 18 August, 2 – 4pm

Family Day: 'Rise Like Lions'

Shelley said that 'the torrent of my indignation' flowed into 'The Mask of Anarchy', written after the Peterloo Massacre. Make your own protest poster and learn about Shelley's poem.

Free, drop-in


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