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Gathering Swallows: A community reading of Keats’ poems & letters

  • Winchester Discovery Centre Jewry Street Winchester, England, SO23 8SB United Kingdom (map)

The Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8SB

In 2016 Winchester Poetry Festival held a highly successful all-day community reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Readers from age 10 to 84 came together to read all 154 poems. Now in the 200th anniversary year of poet John Keats’ visit to Winchester, a visit in which he wrote his much-loved ode To Autumn, Winchester Poetry Festival once again invites readers to come and read, share and enjoy a selection of Keats’ poetry as well as his letters.

Listeners are welcome too!

John Keats achieved a firm place in the history of Romantic Literature even though he was only 25 when he died. We will read a selection of Sonnets, Odes, and excerpts from longer poems. We are also lucky that so many of Keats’ letters survived; love letters, letters to friends, letters from Winchester. A selection of these will also be read during this two-hour immersion into the life and words of John Keats.

  • Saturday 14 September: 1130-1330

Booking Details

Listeners are welcome to join us and listen for as long or as little as they so choose. You do not need to book in advance.

Readers must be aged 10years or over, and need to pre-register via Winchester Poetry. This event will take place in an open access area (cafe) of the venue so noise levels may be high