with Miranda Seymour

Thursday 25 January 2018
Reading Room


Special Offer for Friends of Keats-Shelley Memorial Association

Mary Shelley’s great novel “Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus” was first published 200 years ago in January 1818, changing the world of fiction forever.
Behind the tale of this remarkable novel is the tale of its extraordinary creator - Mary Shelley – who was just 19 when, on holiday with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron in 1816, she first conceived the idea for the story that shook the world.
Join us for a special evening in celebration of Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary with Miranda Seymour - author of the definitive Mary Shelley biography. Miranda will be exploring the writing of the novel and the intricacies of Shelley’s life in a fascinating talk, woven around selected readings from Frankenstein and shining a light on the personality behind one of literature’s great classics.

Tickets are available to London Library members at £12.

There will be a special offer for Friends of Keats-Shelley Memorial Association: £12.50. Details and promo code soon.

'Everywhere': Shakespeare and John Keats at Eton

Tuesday 3 October 2017, Eton College, Windsor.

An evening of readings with actor Scott Handy. Devised and co-presented by Paul Edmondson, and Stanley Wells

Shakes Eton

On 3 October 1817, the poet John Keats visited Shakespeare's Birthplace with his friend Benjamin Bailey. Next to his name in the visitors' book, under 'place of abode', Keats wrote 'Everywhere.' He was profoundly inspired by Shakespeare, and to mark the anniversary of his memorable visit, you are invited to a special evening with actor Scott Handy (as Keats) at Eton College, Windsor. A special programme of Keats's Shakespeare-related poetry and prose will be accompanied by the opportunity to see some of Eton College's special collections relating to John Keats and Shakespeare.
Tickets: £15 (includes sandwiches and refreshments). Car parking available.
For bookings please go to: Book Online
Eton College is pleased to support The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and to give a special welcome to members of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association.​

Rebel Angel
A Play About the Young John Keats
By Angus Graham-Campbell

Venue: Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret Address: 9a St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

Times: from Tuesday 19 September (preview) to Saturday 7 October 2017


Young Keats is a major poet in waiting. Meanwhile, he is training to become a London surgeon in the brutal times when body snatchers were at work and anesthetics had not yet come into medical practice. A play that gives you a first look into Keats’s young life, suitable for English Romantics, literature fanatics, children, adults and your local poetry club.

Rebel Angel takes its audience on a journey of John Keats and his pursuit of self-discovery. Previously heard on BBC Radio 4, directed by Richard Wortley, with a cast including Kim Wall, Jane Whittenshaw, David Timson, Geoffrey Whitehead, Gavin Muir, Paul Jenkins, Jonathan Newman, Melanie Hudson, Ian Masters and Alison Reid.

Rebel Angel is commissioned by The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and developed with support from the Old Operating Theatre Museum in London.

You can read reviews of Rebel Angel: here, here and here.

For dates, times, and more information on how to secure your tickets, please click here.

For further information, you can read the press release here.

Angus Graham-Campbell is a playwright, director, academic and teacher of English, Creative Writing and Drama. He is an English graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, and he has taught at Repton, Sevenoaks, Eton, St Paul's School, New Hampshire, USA and Shore School, Australia. He is a Trustee of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, which manages the Keats-Shelley House in Rome and also oversees the graves of the two poets at the Non-Catholic Cemetery. He edited The Keats-Shelley Review for twelve years and he has written widely on the Romantic poets. Two of his plays about the poets have been given site-specific productions in Rome and Hampstead and recently he produced a candlelit celebration of the Romantic poets in the Soane Museum, London. Rebel Angel in its original format was commissioned for radio by the BBC to celebrate the bicentenary of Keats's birth and was directed by Richard Wortley and featured Julian Rhind Tutt as the poet. Angus has written about 30 plays, many of which have been produced on BBC radio.

A. Frances Johnson: Reading at the Keats-Shelley House
28 July at 17:00–18:00

Frances Johnson

A. Frances Johnson is an award-winning Australian poet and recipient of the 2017 Australia Council B. R Whiting writing residency in Rome. In 2015 she won the prestigious Josephine Ulrick-Griffith University Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Motherlode: Australian Women’s Poetry 1986–2008 and Best Australian Poems 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016 respectively. She has published three books of poetry, The Pallbearer’s Garden (Whitmore Press 2008), The Wind-up Birdman of Moorabool Street (Puncher and Wattmann 2012) and Rendition for Harp and Kalashnikov (forthcoming Puncher and Wattmann 2017). Her novel Eugene’s Falls (Arcadia 2007) retraces the wilderness journeys of famed colonial landscape painter Eugene von Guerard who emigrated to Australia to mine gold after trying his hand as a painter of Italian vedute in Rome and Naples. Neither gold mining nor golden Italian views suited him, but he made the strange landscapes of the new world his own..

Booking recommended ( 06 678 42 35).

Entrance to the reading is included in the standard museum entrance ticket (5/4€).

The Ascent of Mary Somerville in Nineteenth Century Society
A Talk by Elisabetta Strickland, University of Rome, at Keats-Shelley House.
Thursday 6 July, 17.00

Mary Somerville1

It is an astonishing experience to go back in time and explore the world where study and research for women were forbidden by law. The fascinating life of the Scottish scientist and popular writer Mary Fairfax Somerville (1780-1872) takes us back to this past and, at the same time, describes the fight of one great dame for equal rights and opportunities for women. Her fight was not political, inasmuch she did not try to influence public opinion with her words or actions, but by conquering respect from the scientific world. Her extraordinary mathematical talent only came to light through fortuitous circumstances. Barely educated as a child, all the science she learned and mastered was self taught. By giving this example of scientific competence, she backed the struggle towards education opportunities for women that lead to their access to schools. The Somerville College in Oxford was named in her honor in 1879 and produced famous graduates such as Vera Brittain, Dorothy Hodgkin, Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher.

Elisabetta STRICKLAND is Full Professor of Algebra at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. She was Vice-President of the National Institute of Advanced Mathematics (INdAM) from 2007 to 2015. Since 2014 she has been a member of the Women in Mathematics Committee (WIM) of the European Mathematical Society. She is also a co-founder of the Gender Interuniversity Observatory GIO over the state Universities in Rome. Since 2016 she has been Ambassador to Italy in the Committee of Women in Mathematics (CWM) of the International Mathematical Union. In 2013 she was awarded as one of the 'Excellent Women in Rome' by the Capitoline Administration.

Booking recommended ( 06 678 42 35)

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