Lucasta Miller – Keats

A fresh interpretation of the great Romantic poet:
this short biography separates the man from the


Critic and biographer Lucasta Miller excavates the stories behind Keats’s best-known poems to resurrect the real man: a lower-middle-class outsider from a dysfunctional family, whose extraordinary energy and love of language allowed him to pummel his way into the heart of English literature. The Keats who emerges is not the ethereal figure of his posthumous myth, but a complex individual – a freethinker and a liberal at a time of repression; a human being who delighted in the sensation of the moment. 

Chaired by Neil Astley.

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Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre
Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


30 Apr 2023


11:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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