Germaine Greer, the celebrated feminist writer and academic, and Michael Rosen, the children’s author and poet, will discuss Shakespeare’s sonnets at Keats House next month, as part of a series of events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.
Professor Greer and the Keats House Poet-in-Residence and former Children’s Laureate will appear together on 10 February from 7pm to 8.30pm to discuss the sonnets’ hold on readers – from Keats’s time to the present day.
Keats House, the poet’s Hampstead home from 1818 to 1820, will present an extensive programme of events from January to April – from poetry workshops and guided walks to readings and a special event on International Women’s Day on 8 March.
Other highlights of the January to April events programme include:
Keats House Poets Present: Jack Underwood and Dean Atta (31 January)
Dean Atta will perform alongside Jack Underwood, who will read from Happiness, his collection of poems that explore the ‘reservoir of wrongheaded questions’ that love and death force us to confront.
Valentine’s Day at Keats House (14 February)
Make a Valentine’s card, listen to Keats’s romantic poems and love letters, and enjoy live music at the pop-up bar.
Keats in the City Guided Walk (26 March)
Follow in the footsteps of John Keats and enjoy readings from his poems and letters along the way. Starting from Keats’ birthplace near Moorgate, explore areas where he lived and studied, including Cheapside, Apothecaries’ Hall and Guy’s Hospital.
Keats and Shakespeare Trail (from 9 April)
This trail explores the relationship between the two poets, charting Shakespeare’s influence on Keats’s life and work.
The London of Wordsworth, Keats and Byron (26 April)
Each poet inhabited very different parts of an ever-changing London – hear about their distinct experiences in a talk by Professor Bernard Beatty, in partnership with the Byron Society.
Vicky Carroll, Principal Curator at Keats House, said: “My colleagues and I are delighted that Germaine Greer and Michael Rosen will discuss Shakespeare’s poetry in a keynote event in our January to April events programme which, as ever, will feature something for everyone. Guided walks in leafy Hampstead and the bustling Square Mile, poetry readings and workshops, family events, and a wonderfully romantic Valentine’s Day event will help keep Keats’s legacy alive and remind people of the power of poetry.”
For more details about the events programme, visit cityoflondon.gov.uk/keats or call 020 7332 3868. Many of the events, even free ones, require advance booking to secure your place. To do so, please book online at keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk