February 10, 2021
John Keats' epitaph runs: 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water'. But what does it mean to write in water? And even more, what does it mean to write 'writ in water' on stone? Or is that in stone?
Confused? We were, which is why in this episode of the Keats-Shelley Prize Podcast, we called Adam Smyth, Professor of English Literature at Balliol College, Oxford, and an expert in Material Texts: or the study of people writing with weird things on weird surfaces. Read the rest of this entry »
January 25, 2021
At the end of 2020, James Kidd of the Keats-Shelley Podcast talked to bestselling novelist Erica Jong about her life-long love of John Keats.
During the conversation, which will be posted soon, we asked what advice she would give writers entering our Young Romantics Poetry and Essay competitions.
A small warning: there is one mild expletive (in reference to bad drafts) near the start of Erica's advice.
For more information visit our Young Romantics page. Read the rest of this entry »
October 31, 2020
To mark the 200th anniversary of John Keats first setting foot on Italian soil on 31st October 1820 – his 25th birthday – the Keats-Shelley House presents a podcast reflecting on what his arrival in Naples means for us two centuries later.
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April 30, 2019
Bestselling sports journalist and nature writer Simon Barnes ponders one of Romantic poetry’s big questions: what’s the big deal with poets and nightingales? Reading from his book The Meaning of Birds, Simon examines nightingales in the poetry of John Keats and John Clare – and asks another question: which poet doesn’t know his nightingale from his nightshirt? Read the rest of this entry »
February 23, 2014
An older podcast, recorded in December 2014 beside the grave of John Keats. To commemorate the death of John Keats on 23 February 1821, @Keats_Shelley (James Kidd) shares some thoughts on Keats' epitaph: 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water.' Listeners of a sensitive disposition should beware: there is a reference to the TV show Cheers. Read the rest of this entry »
February 23, 2014
An older podcast, recorded in 2014 beside the grave of John Keats. To commemorate the death of John Keats on 23 February 1821, @Keats_Shelley shared some thoughts on Keats, death, life, cats, and poetry from beside his grave in Rome's Cimitero Acattolico. Oh, and one ambulance and one crying child... Read the rest of this entry »