Join us on the 24th of April for our next event: When Poem Meets Script


Keats House Museum, our wonderful home, has been shortlisted for a TimeOut Love London award! The Love London award is TimeOut’s annual award that allows the general public to champion their favorite parts of the city. If you would like to support the Museum do so by voting here:

Also don’t forget our next workshop is this sunday! Hope to see you there:

Keats House has just launched a traineeship program for those interested in working within the museum sector. With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and in partnership with the British Museum, Keats House is currently looking to recruit a trainee to join its team on an 18 month paid training programme.

The purpose of this programme is to equip trainees with necessary skills and knowledge to work in the museum sector, so we don’t expect you to have any previous experience. The programme will also support trainees to think about longer-term career opportunities, and enable them to gain real experience to refer to in future job applications.

For more information click here.

Keats 9-12-12 (4 of 4)

We closed out the year with a December event that featured the usual combination of open mic, forum poets and guest headliner (Nii Parkes!) and a few photos are below. But just as we did last year, there was also a special Christmas list poem cooked up by Simon using the Christmas wishes of every poet who performed on the day. Enjoy!

Keats House Poets instant poem Christmas List 2012
(this poem starts with a quote from a classic of the genre, by Mariah Carey)

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need…
A 12 gauge shotgun, or assault rifle.
One pair of thick thermal socks,
and one pair that’s lighter.
A compass. My friends to return safe.
A record player to play Dave Brubeck on.
A chance to Take Five like that Dave Brubeck song.
My FBI background checks to come through.
A plane ticket to Greece, or China…
A salmon. Sunshine. Absolution.
A hat, almost exactly like Ray’s. But not Ray’s.
Coz if I hand over a fifty note I want change.
A flying carpet. Wax sealed string
round a brown paper parcel.
Huntelaar to sign for Arsenal. Dominic.
My appetite for sleep back. Somebody to share
The mattress I got last year. A large beer.
Every poem that I write to be a sharp spear
Straight into your heart’s ear, this is the just the start
And it starts here, with you, at Keats House.
Thanks for coming…

Keats 9-12-12 (2 of 4)

Keats 9-12-12 (1 of 4)

Keats 9-12-12 (3 of 4)

November’s event was one to remember, all members of the forum were in attendance, we had some great poetry from the open mic and Warsan Shire closed the show with some amazing poetry. Not only did she perform some of her published work (so good it’s been translated into several languages) but she also bought into the ‘safe space’ for trying out new work that is our monthly event by performing something she’d written that morning. Here are a few videos from the day, enjoy!

The Keats House Poets present:
A chilled out Sunday afternoon of (FREE) poetry and spoken word…

and a (FREE) amazing film!!

With performances from:
Raymond Antrobus
Simon Mole
Deanna Rodger
Dean Atta
Kaamil Ahmed

The Albany Young Poets

Runner up young poets of the UK National ‘Shake The Dust’ Slam which was the official Olympic youth slam coached by Dzifa Benson & Raymond Antrobus.

As well as a screening of hit documentary WE ARE POETS, which as a special treat will be followed by a Q & A with the director! Boom!

To attend you must book a place by phoning 020 7332 3868

Where: Keats House, Keats Grove, London. NW3 2RR.
Nearest tube: Hamstead Heath.

What: Keats House Poets are back, launching our autumn season with this bumper package of free poetry goodness!

The event will start promptly at 3pm, and due to the film screening, open mic slots may be limited so best to arrive early for the chance to perform at this prestigious venue!

The film screening will begin at 3.45pm, and the event as a whole will be done by about 5.30/6 pm


WE ARE POETS presents a moving and inspirational story of youth, art and freedom of expression, as a remarkable team of six British teenagers are chosen to represent the UK at Brave New Voices: the most prestigious Poetry Slam competition in the world. From their inner city lives in Northern England, to a stage in front of the White House in Washington DC, the young poets explosively lay bare the concerns of a generation as they take on the world and prepare for a transformational journey of a lifetime.

Cinematic, imaginative and uniquely honest, WE ARE POETS is a moving testament to the power of creativity, community and the dynamism of young people. Anyone tempted to dismiss today’s youth as politically apathetic better pay heed: here is electrifying evidence to the contrary.

Find out more here:

KEATS HOUSE is a museum. A vibrant, thriving museum dedicated to the poetry of John Keats, and to poetry in general. But it is a museum none the less. As well as supporting the development of young poets, the Forum has been established to ensure that on top of honoring the poetry of the past, Keats house is also a platform for the poetry of the future!

Today, we went on a tour of Senate House at the University of London. We could be doing the Bloomsbury festival later in the year and were shown some of the spaces that we could use for an event. They were pretty impressive and we had some great ideas on how to use them for a Human Rights themed event.

Here are some of the forum members in the Senate Room, which is basically a very impressive court room.