A Joy Forever

JohnKeats1819_hiresA delicious sideline. My friend and colleague Mike Sims 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

Me reading what is obviously one of Keats’ funnier poems at the Walthamstow garden Party

Mike Sims at the Walthamstow Garden Party
Mike Sims at the Walthamstow Garden Party
A Joy Forever at Keats House in Hampstead, 2015 - this one was florally themed.
A Joy Forever at Keats House in Hampstead, 2015 – this one was florally themed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “A Joy Forever

  1. Ilse Cornwall-Ross August 11, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Nice to meet you and Mike in Winchester recently. (I was the one who gave you her book ‘A Season of Mellow Fruitfulness’.) Interesting to hear a different take on John Keats. Ilse

  2. juliabird August 11, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Lovely to meet you too – I look forward to reading the book!

  3. Ilse Cornwall-Ross September 4, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Let me know what you think of it.

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