200th Anniversary of John Keats’ Arrival in Italy - Keats-Shelley200 Virtual Events
On 31st October 1820, John Keats set foot on Italian soil - or to be precise a Naples dock - after a 35 day sea voyage, and a further 10 days languishing in quarantine in the Bay of Naples.
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of this momentous moment in his life - and also Keats’ 225th birthday - the Keats-Shelley House and Keats-Shelley Memorial Association are hosting a series of events.
A new episode of the Keats-Shelley Podcast reflects on what Keats’ arrival in Italy means for us two centuries later.
We think about Joseph Severn and PB Shelley, Oscar Wilde and Christina Rossetti, the museum’s wartime curator Vera Cacciatore and the young American soldier who was the first person to visit Keats’ bedroom after the liberation of Rome in June 1944. Mostly we think about John Keats, his life, his death and the poetry that continues to inspire so many people across the world. This episode introduces a series that will tell the story of Keats’ final months, John Keats’ Dying Year. We will post the next episode early in November.
Our Google Earth Map of Keats’ Final Voyage follows Keats to the Villa di Londra, and his first day in Naples.
We have also added a new Google Earth Map offering an overview of the voyage.
In Rome, the Keats-Shelley House opens a new exhibition, Gusto by Nancy Cadogan. Gusto features sixteen new oil paintings inspired by the great romantic poets and is named after William Hazlitt’s essay ‘On Gusto’, written in 1817.
Cadogan created Gusto while in lockdown and what emerged was a body of work that strives to give hope out of the global health and economic crisis.
Finally, you can enjoy Julian Sands’ passionate reading of poems by Keats, Shelley and Byron live at the Keats-Shelley House earlier this autumn.
There will be more events throughout the winter. All the latest news will be posted on our websites. Or you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook.
A Grecian Urn for the 21st Century
Specially commissioned by The Institute for Digital Archaeology
Fiona Sampson To Judge 2022’s Keats-Shelley Prizes
The award-winning poet, biographer of Mary Shelley and editor chairs our judging panels
Keats-Shelley & Young Romantics Prizes 2022
Our annual Poetry and Essay competitions are open. 2022's poetry theme is Elegy.
The Beautiful and Damned Lives of John Keats and F. Scott Fitzgerald – Cheltenham Literature Festival October 2021
Keats-Shelley 200: Keats by Candlelight
An evening of poetry and readings in collaboration with Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes 2021: Winners
Watch Simon Barnes announce 2021's winning poems and essays
2021’s Keats-Shelley Prize Awards
7pm GMT, 16th September 2021. Simon Barnes reveals the winning poets and essayists at the 23rd Keats-Shelley Awards
Keats-Shelley 200: Winchester Water Meadows ‘To Autumn' Walk
KSMA hosts a glorious walk that followed in the footsteps of John Keats