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19:00 - 20:30 20 May 2014

Keats and the dreaming suburbs


Keats House | Keats Grove (link Map)
London | NW3 2RR | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Mark Ford, UCL English
Dr Gregory Dart, UCL English
Diana Quick, Actress

Join us for an evening at Keats House devoted to the poetry of the suburbs, especially Hampstead, the Cockney Parnassus. Our story, which will be illustrated with readings, will offer a brief history of the suburban imagination, beginning with Keats and Leigh Hunt in the 1810s, before moving on to James Thomson, Thomas Hardy, John Betjeman, Stevie Smith, Anne Ridler and Thom Gunn. What is distinctive about suburban experience? And how has it influenced and inspired poets from the Romantic period to the present day? This evening will be devoted to finding out.


Nick Shepley


Keats House