It's the 200th anniversary of John Keats visit to Winchester in 1819; his most productive year as a poet, working on 'Lamia', 'Otho the Great', and 'Hyperion' and this exhibition and talk will look at his time here, his works and his life. He took regular walks in the water meadows, and wrote his beautiful ode “To Autumn” after walking from the city to the Hospital of St Cross.
From 6pm to 7pm, we have access to Winchester College's Treasury, which is hosting a special exhibition exploring the influence of the city on Keats, and also some of the links between Keats and eighteenth century poets educated at Winchester College (particularly William Collins and Joseph Warton). Among the objects on display will be Keats’s ‘death mask’, on loan from Eton College.
At 7pm will we join a talk about Keats' life and work given by Professor Sir Jonathan Bate, the internationally renowned critic and broadcaster, currently Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, and Professor of English at Oxford University. This is a unique chance to hear the youngest scholar ever to be knighted for services to English Literature.
This is a free event so nothing to pay to Spice for members. Guests pay a small fee to cover our administration costs.