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News: 17 February 2021

23rd February 2021: 200 Years After John Keats’ Death

200 years after John Keats died in Rome, the poet’s life and works are being remembered around the world in a series of events. Many centre on the Keats-Shelley House and have been organised in conjunction with the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association. If you want to follow the day’s readings, performances and talks, the itinerary is as follows.

  • 9 am (GMT). Launch of A Panoramic Tour of the Keats-Shelley House: visitors from all over the world are invited to take part in a new online tour of the House in the company of a personal guide on our own platform launched on the bicentenary. Pre-book here.
  • 9.45 am (GMT). Flowers and Poems for Keats at the Non-Catholic Cemetery. The Director of the Non-Catholic Cemetery and the Curator of the Keats-Shelley House will lay flowers by the tomb of Keats, and poems will be read. Live streamed on the Keats-Shelley House Facebook page (circa 15 minutes).
  • Time to be confirmed. Online premiere of ‘The Death of Keats’, a poem written and performed by UK poet Luke Wright for the bicentenary of Keats’s death commissioned by ArtHouse Jersey and Mary Venturini from the Keats-Shelley House Rome Committee (5 minutes).
  • 2.15 pm (GMT). Broadcast of Writ in Water, by Angus-Graham Campbell, commissioned by the BBC and produced by Wireless Theatre Co. in partnership with the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, to mark the bicentenary of Keats’s death. Listen on BBC Radio 4 website. (45 minutes). Read a Q&A with the author at the Keats-Shelley Blog.
  • 5 pm (GMT). Live Stream – CGI Keats reads from the Keats-Shelley House: On the 200th anniversary of Keats’s death his poem ‘Bright Star’, written for Fanny Brawne, will be recited by a virtual Keats from the room where he died beside the Spanish Steps. This exciting project was commissioned by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association from the Institute for Digital Archaeology in Oxford (30 minutes).
  • 5.30 pm (GMT). Online premiere of The Death of Keats: an immersive video story narrated by Keats-Shelley200 Ambassador Bob Geldof. Best enjoyed with a VR Headset but fully accessible without, this video story will recount, through readings of letters by John Keats and Joseph Severn, Keats’s final few months. Via the Keats-Shelley House YouTube channel.
  • 7 pm (GMT). On the Shore of the Wide World: Keats, 200 years on.’ Poetry Society online event , featuring Nicholas Roe, Ruth Padel, Lucasta Miller, Will Harris, Laila Sumpton, Sarah Wooton, Richard Margraff Turley, Rachael Boast. Via Poetry Society website.
  • 7pm (GMT). A stimulating programme of readings, talks and music to commemorate the anniversary of John Keats’ death. A video film on YouTube for the South Downs Poetry Festival, in association with the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and the University of Chichester: http://www.sdpf.org.uk/programme/
  • 9.30 pm (GMT). Online production of ‘Lift me up for I am dying’, a play by UK poet and dramatist Pele Cox first performed at the Keats-Shelley House in 2013. This unique performance for the British School at Rome, in association with the Keats-Shelley House and the British Institute of Florence, will be conducted on FaceTime by the actors, who are all in lockdown in various locations, and shared with the world at the hour Keats passed away two centuries ago. Via the the BSR’s YouTube channel.
  • 10 pm (GMT). ‘Weep for Adonais: A Collaborative Reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Elegy for John Keats,’ hosted by the Keats Letters Project. Pre-register here.

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