Keats Festival - coming soon to Keats House

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Latest update 28.05.2014 16:24

Keats House, a National Trust Partner, will come alive with a whole range of events and activities for all ages at this year's Festival which runs from 7-15 June. From celebrated actor Simon Russell Beale reading a selection of Keats’ poetry and a fun family day with Michael Rosen, to writing workshops and a poetry surgery. Everything you need to find your voice!

The festival will also mark the handover in their poet-in-residence programme from Jo Shapcott to Daljit Nagra, both of whom will be running activities and events during the Festival.

Some events are free while others have a small admission charge. Due to the popularity of the festival, booking for all events is strongly advised.

Highlights will include:

7 June
The Imagination Museum

Allow us to introduce you to Mildred, Henry and Harriet, three eccentric tour guides who will bring Keats House (and its collection of historical artefacts) to life through words and movement. A twilight performance with poetry by Anna Selby and music by Max Perryment.

13 June
Screenwriting with James Ragan

A workshop exploring plot, character and dialogue structure, as well as how to ‘backdrop’ a film. The goal is not only to learn how to write a film, but to ‘read’ any film on the screen. Professor Ragan has worked on several films, including The Godfather and The Deer Hunter.

14 June
Poetry surgery with Jo Shapcott

Bring along a work in progress for feedback and advice from award-winning poet, Jo Shapcott. Suitable for all abilities, from beginners to experienced poets.

15 June
Family Day: Festival fun with Michael Rosen and Daljit Nagra

Join us for a bumper Festival Family Day with poetry activities from former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, and the new Keats House Poet-in-Residence, Daljit Nagra. Presented with Poet in the City, this family event in the grounds of Keats House will be a feast for the imagination.

Keats House

For two years of his tragically short life, the famous 19th-century romantic poet John Keats lived in Hampstead. He fell in love with the girl next door, Fanny Brawne.

Keats House is where, inspired by the beauty and surroundings of his London home, he wrote some of his best-known poems. The Grade I listed house has been open to the public since 1925. It now hosts a two-week festival to celebrate Keats' legacy.

  • Keats Festival 2014 runs from Saturday 7 June to Sunday 15 June
  • Keats House, Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR
  • 50% discount on admission to Keats House for National Trust members, however all festival events will be charged at full price

For more details and a full list of the fantastic array of events taking place please visit the Keats Festival website

Many events require booking in advance. Secure your place now….