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News: 18 May 2020

The Immortal Dinner 2 Competition

On December 28th 1817 a famous literary gathering took place at the London home of artist Benjamin Robert Haydon. Among the illustrious guests attending this event, now known as the Immortal Dinner, were the poets John Keats and William Wordsworth and essayists Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt (and yes Shelley wasn’t present). Later letters and diaries describe the evening as one of ‘excitement and tension, conviviality and laughter’. The conversation ranged between literature, politics, science, and exploration, while the debate touched upon contemporary issues including Lord Elgin’s removal of the marble frieze from the Parthenon in Athens.

We have already added Shelley to the guestlist, who has sulked for 200 years after not being invited to the original. ​​​​​​​

But do you think there is a guest missing whom John Keats would have enjoyed meeting?

This is your opportunity to vote for the additional dinner guest. This can be someone who is alive today or dead, a personality from history or a fictional figure.

In December 2020 all the votes will be counted and the names of the three most popular personalities will be announced as part of our KS200 Bicentenary Celebrations.

To nominate your dinner guest please email info@keats-shelley-house.org. You can also leave your suggestion in the ballot box at the Keats-Shelley House when we re-open. You can also vote on Twitter.

Download the poster here.

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