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Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate at a reading of Romantic Poetry for St Valentine's Day at the Keats-Shelley House.

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Prize Chair Carol Ann Duffy at the 2015 Awards

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Carol Ann Duffy with the finalists of the Young Romantics Poetry section

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A scene from Unbound, a theatrical event at the Keats-Shelley House created by Pele Cox who was Poet in residence at the Royal Academy 2011-12
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2013 Keats-Shelley Prize winner Patrick Cotter with Salley Vickers, Prize Chair


The Keats-Shelley House in Rome runs a full and varied programme of literary and theatrical events including talks, poetry readings, creative writing workshops and performances. There are also outreach projects for schools and an annual poetry competition for young writers.

In the UK KSMA organises the Keats Shelley Prize and the Young Romantics Prize. KSMA also sponsors events at literary festivals each year. 

We welcome news of other Romantic events to list here and in our Newsletter.

Events In Rome

Poetry Reading by Will Kemp, Winner of this year's Keats-Shelley Prize, 30 September at 6.30 pm

Details on Keats-Shelley House website

Poetry Reading in Italian by Fabrizio Dall'Aglio 20 October at 5 pm (date has been rescheduled)

Details on Keats-Shelley House website

Sharon Ruston 'The Science of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein' 18 November at 6.30 pm

Details on Keats-Shelley House website

Events of Interest in London

'What Makes Romantic Poetry So Romantic?', a talk by Giuseppe Albano, Curator of the Keats-Shelley House, on 18 September at 6 pm at St Pancras Old Church - a fundraising lecture on behalf of the Parish of Old St Pancras


'Poetry House Live Show' on 19 September at 7 pm


Past Events

11th International Student Byron Conference
23-28 May 2016

The Messolonghi Byron Society
Messolonghi Byron Research Center, Greece
Theme: Byron and the Summer of 1816


The Messolonghi Byron Research Center welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers to be delivered at the 11th International Student Byron Conference, to be held at Messolonghi, May 23-28, 2016. With a focus on the "Haunted Summer" the Byron-Shelley Circle spent on the shores of Lake Geneva in 1816, the conference also hopes to include a short digital humanities workshop, centered on documents housed in the Murray archive of the National Library of Scotland.
We would particularly welcome submissions centering on Byron's works of 1816 (among them Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Canto III, Manfred, "Darkness," The Prisoner of Chillon, and the Alpine Journal), other works begun, written, or inspired at Diodati that summer (such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, P. B. Shelley's "Mont Blanc" and "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty," and John William Polidori's The Vampyre), 1816 publications that proved influential to the Byron-Shelley circle (Goethe's Faust, Coleridge's Christabel, Lady Caroline Lamb's Glenarvon) or relevant contextual matters (such as post-Waterloo political changes or the global aftereffects of the eruption of Mount Tambora).

Keynote Speaker: Professor Paul Douglass, San Jose State University, California, US. Digital Humanities Workshop: David McClay, Senior Curator, John Murray Archives National Library of Scotland.
Presenters at the conference will span all academic levels from undergraduates through graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members.
Proposals should be sent by email to Professor Peter Graham ( Dr. Maria Schoina (, and Mrs. Rodanthi-Rosa Florou, President of the International Byron Research Center ( by February 1, 2016.

The full conference fee including registration, and accommodation, with B/B (Bed & breakfast) at the Theoxenia Hotel by the Messolonghi lagoon, and most of the meals, will be 550 euros for a double accommodation and for a single 650 euros.
During the conference, there will be abundant opportunities to learn about Greek life through first-hand experience. There will be a gala with traditional dancing, along with visits to historic and archaeological sites and museums of Messolonghi and its area associated with Byron in particular and more generally with the historical and cultural heritage of Greece.

Detailed descriptions of the previous international student conferences can be found on the Messolonghi Byron Society's web page


Lord Byron in the Hand of Mary Shelley
29th June - 6th November 2015.
Temporary exhibition at the Keats-Shelley House featuring manuscripts on loan from the National Library of Scotland and Byron treasures from our own collection, many on display for the first time. Mary Shelley copied out Byron's work preparing it for publication. The exhibition attempts to tease out the fascinating relationship between these two giants of Romantic literature. It is curated by Giuseppe Albano, Keats-Shelley House and David McClay, The John Murray Archive, National Library of Scotland.
Entrance to the exhibition is included in the price of admission to the museum. 


Byron, the Shelleys, Italy
A talk by Anne Amison, Keats-Shelley House Thursday 8 October 5 pm
Anne Amison is a British teacher and author based in Venice, a city that inspired her recent book titled 'Byron – Venice: An English Milord in Europe & Italy', published by the San Marco Press in 2013.
Booking is not essential but is recommended +39 06 678 42 35;
Entrance to the talk is included in the admission to the museum. 


Bright Star
An evening of John Keats's love letters and poems performed by Ruth Rosen Keats-Shelley House
Wednesday 21 October, 6.30 pm followed by prosecco.
Award-winning performer Ruth Rosen's acclaimed  performance is based on a selection of Keats's writing, including his love letters to Fanny and the love poems. The poetry includes the great Odes, extracts from Endymion, and the sonnets. Extracts from his letters to his family and friends are all woven together to tell the extraordinary and inspiring story of this struggling young genius.
Tickets €10 please book in advance on 06 678 42 35


5th November 2015 Keats-Shelley House Rome 2pm-7pm 

Lord Bryon in the Hand of Mary Shelley,  An Academic Conference organised by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and the John Murray Archive of the National Library of Scotland. 

The conference coincides with and is inspired by, the temporary exhibition at the Keats-Shelley House, 'Lord Byron in the Hand of Mary Shelley' see full details above. 

Registration fee €25, to include refreshments and prosecco reception. Full details of the papers and speakers can be seen here:
To book please call 0039 06 678 42 35 or write to
General visitors please note that on 5 November 2015 the museum will be only open between 10am and 1pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


KSMA Retrospective

Keats Shelley Prize and Young Romantic Prize Awards 2015

The awards were made on Tuesday 21st April at St. Martin-in-the Fields, London in the presence of the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Prize Judge 2015.  You can find full details and the winning poems and short story on the Keats-Shelley Prize and Young Romantics Prize pages.

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Short Story finalists,Parth Vaghani, Joseph Boorman, Carol Ann Duffy, Louis Scott, Roham Gupta

Cheltenham Literature Festival 2014

Professor Michael O’Neill ‘Percy Bysshe Shelley’
In October 2014, The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association continued its association with the Cheltenham Literature Festival, which, with its line-up of writers, poets, broadcasters and politicians, is such a fascinating and enjoyable annual event.
We were delighted to support Professor Michael O’Neill, the author of several major works and critical studies of Shelley, including The Oxford Handbook to Shelley which was published in 2013, and an award-winning poet in his own right. 

After an informed and erudite introduction by KSMA Trustee, Sue Bradbury, Professor O’Neill took us on a journey of discovery into the extraordinary slippery genius of Shelley, concentrating on the influences which informed his poetry, rather than on his controversial and self-centred life style, which has for so long been the subject of discussion and scrutiny.

Shelley’s knowledge of the classical writers was unparalleled, and Michael O’Neill delighted the audience with his personal interpretation of how he drew upon these influences in his own work, whilst making reference to his respect and admiration for the work of fellow Romantic poet, John Keats.

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 Keats-Shelley Prize Awards 2013 

The awards were made Thursday 7th November 2013  in the St Martin's Crypt, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. 

The Awards were presented by novelist and Prize Chair 2013, Salley Vickers whose best known titles include Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and her latest novel The Cleaner of Chartres.  She has worked as a university teacher and psychoanalyst and is a novelist who is passionate about poetry.  After presenting the prizes Salley Vickers gave a talk on Why Poetry Matters.

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Salley Vickers


Cheltenham Literary Festival 2013, Romantic Women

From Dorothy Wordsworth to Mary Shelley, women were a powerful presence in the lives of the Romantic poets. Sisters, mothers, friends and lovers, many achieved greatness in their own right- but at what cost?

Authors Daisy Hay, Young Romantics, Miranda Seymour, Mary Shelley, and Katie Waldegrave, The Poets' Daughters, explored the achievements and characters of these extraordinary women.


Lecture on New Keats Biography: Professor Nicholas Roe gave a talk at the Ashmolean Museum on his recent biography of Keats, John Keats: A New Life. The work reveals Keats for the first time as true flesh-and-blood passionate poet rather than a fragile, sensitive, tragic figure.

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KSMA Friends were invited to a private view of the Piranesi Drawings at Sir John Soane's Museum in March 2013, a tour of the exhibition was conducted by the Curator Dr Jerzy Kierkuc-Bielinski.