A JOY FOREVER
In the last of our 2016 festival preview events, poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims celebrated the poetry, life and legacy of John Keats, in A Joy Forever at St Lawrence’s church.
Their performance grew out of a challenge they had set each other to learn John Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ by heart. That inspired further Keats conversations, including the writing of their own Keats-inspired poems, and eventually led them to create specially-tailored Keatsian events featuring his poems and letters and some of their own work inspired by him. As you might expect, in the city where it was composed, our event also included his great ode, ‘To Autumn’.
They debated Keats’ legacy but it was very clear in Winchester that the audience still love and very much admire his work.