Keats-Shelley 200

News: 18 December 2019

Keats-Shelley200 Bicentenary Campaign 2020-2022

The bicentenaries of Keats’ and Shelley’s deaths in 2021 and 2022, and launch of Keats-Shelley200, with its rich programme of initiatives, exhibitions, scholarships, and events in the UK and Italy​, ​provide an apt​ ​time for celebrating the poets' extraordinary legacies​, as well as looking to the future.

​The ​​Keats-Shelley200 ​campaign ​focuses on the final years of the lives of both poets,​ and includes celebrations of the bicentenaries of major works and events, such as Keats' arrival in Italy​ and ​the publication of Shelley's Adonais​, as well as the poets’ untimely deaths within eighteen months of one another in Italy. It will be a period of intense activity both for the Keats-Shelley House in Rome and the UK charity that supports it, with key projects including:

  • A series of theatrical and poetry events both in the UK and Italy throughout 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • An academic conference at Kings College​ London​ planned for 2020
  • Academic scholarships offered to early career academics researching the romantic poets
  • A series of outreach and educational activities with partners in the UK to profile and celebrate the work of Keats and Shelley
  • A gala dinner, concert, and play at the glorious Palazzo Doria-Pamphilj in Rome on 14 November 2020, to mark the 200th anniversary of Keats' arrival in the Eternal City 
  • A ​​bold new exhibition at the Keats-Shelley House, Rome​, from​ June-October 2021​,​ in partnership with the Pforzheimer Collection of the New York Public Library​ titled ​Adonais: The Intertwining Legacies of Keats and Shelley. The exhibition will tell the stories of the poets' deaths and explore their legacies, beginning with​ ​Adonais, Shelley's elegy on the death of Keats

And many more activities, including an increased presence at literary festivals, a series of Winchester ‘Ode to Autumn’ Walks, podcasts, radio plays, and schools activities in the UK to supplement the work at the House in Rome.

If you would like to DONATE NOW to the Keats-Shelley200 Appeal you will help us realise our ambitious vision for the next few years and enable us to invest in the next generation of scholars and lovers of romantic poetry with our bicentenary scholarships, exhibition, events and outreach programmes.

Updates will be posted here and on the Keats-Shelley House website.

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