A delicious sideline. My friend Mike Sims (Publishing Manager at the Poetry Society) and I once challenged each other to learn John Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ off by heart. Thus mastered, our Keats conversations continued and developed via the writing of Keats-inspired poems to the production of events which combine readings of Keats’ poems and letters with the culinary skills of freelance chefs and cooks. We’ve run a couple of Keats picnics, a Keats Sunday lunch and a number of Keats Afternoon Teas.
The poems, patter, letters and menus are different every time we run the event, but we always call it A Joy Forever.
Me reading what is obviously one of Keats’ funnier poems at the Walthamstow garden Party