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Celebrating Keats in Chichester on St Agnes’ Eve

Vincent Gray John Keats sculptureOn Friday 20 Jan, 18.00, Vicars’ Hall, Chichester Cathedral, there will be a free reading of poetry and letters by John Keats by local poets, actors and tutors from University of Chichester.

This is a celebration to promote placing Keats’ statue in Eastgate Square, Chichester. Sculptor Vincent Gray will be on hand to introduce and discuss the project, a sculpture in the form of a maquette and working model of the poet John Keats, so far.

Readers of myriad Keats’ works will include: poet and Festival of Chichester chairman Barry Smith, poet and novelist Naomi Foyle, West Sussex writer Stephanie Norgate and BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year award winner Hugh Dunkerley.

Keats, who briefly lived in Chichester during 1819, is Chichester Copywriter’s favourite poet. A late-September-born fan of autumnal colours, she loves To Autumn most but also appreciates these beautiful nature-inspired lines from The Eve of St Agnes, a poem believed to be partly inspired by Chichester Cathedral?:

“St. Agnes’ Eve—Ah, bitter chill it was!

The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;

The hare limp’d trembling through the frozen grass,

And silent was the flock in woolly fold…”

Come and enjoy Keats on St Agnes’ Eve, with Katy of Chichester Copywriter and many other local literary folk, in the Vicars’ Hall.

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