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Performers from Iran and Ethiopia to perform at biggest ever Keats House Summer Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 April 2013

Former poet-in-residence, Benjamin Zephaniah, at the Keats Festival in 2011

Former poet-in-residence, Benjamin Zephaniah, at the Keats Festival in 2011

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Poets and artists from as far away as Iran and Ethiopia will be taking part in the Keats House Summer Festival.

The annual event at the house in Keats Grove, Hampstead, now in its fourth year, features poetry readings, performances, craft workshops and music.

The nine-day festival will see artists from all over the world fly in to share their work, but this year’s festival is set to be bigger than ever, with performers from Mexico, Armenia, Australia and America taking part. The theme is “Health is my expected heaven: The body and the imagination”.

There are some 40 events organised for the festival, running from Friday, May 24, to Sunday, June 2.

This year will also see the inauguration of a new poet-in-residence at the house, as Jo Shapcott who won the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2011, takes over from John Hegley.

In 2011, dub-poet Benjamin Zephaniah held the residency.

Vicky Carroll, curator at Keats House, said: “Keats’ festival is going from strength to strength and we are building on the popularity of the first three events to deliver the biggest and best festival yet.”

For a full schedule of events go to the Keats House website, www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/attractions-around-london/keats-house/Pages/default.aspx.


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