Simon Barnes is Prize Chair of 2021’s Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes
We are pleased to announce that 2021’s Keats-Shelley Prize Chair is Simon Barnes. The award-winning sports journalist and bestselling nature writer returns after guiding last year’s Prizes through the Covid quarantine with enormous grace. As well as selecting a formidable set of poems and essays, Simon ensured our online Awards Ceremony was especially memorable by announcing the winners from his birdsong-filled back garden.
As part of 2020’s Prize, Simon talked to the Keats-Shelley Podcast about his life as a birdwatcher and bird-listener, about birdsong and Romantic poetry, and read from his work. Listen to him ponder what nightingales meant to the Johns Keats and Clare below – and who would have made the better birder.
Helen McCrory: A Tribute
We remember the acclaimed actress and poetry lover who died last week
Frankenstein: A KS200 Collaboration with Blue Apple Theatre
Keat-Shelley House Closed to the Public from 15 MarchThe museum's online tours, exhibitions and events are still open
23rd February 2021: 200 Years After John Keats’ Death
Relive a day of poetry and rememberance
2021’s Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes - Deadline Extension12 April 2021 is the new date
Sir Bob Geldof: The Keats-Shelley House Virtual Tour Guide Sir Bob will also narrate 'The Death of John Keats'
The Keats-Shelley House has Re-Opened
Including the museum's forthcoming online Panoramic Museum Tour
2021’s Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes are Open
The theme of our annual Poetry and Essay writing competitions is 'Writ in Water'. Watch our new trailer.
A Happy New Year Poetry Reading by Heart
To see in 2021, the Keats-Shelley Podcast recites John Keats' 'Bright Star' by heart, and ponders the 200-year history of his 'final poem'