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Beat Poets film night - Keats House Festival - Fri 5 June

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Poetry, film and counter culture at the Keats House Festival film night.

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Poet in the City
Keats House
Wantsum Brewery
The Beats: a night of film - Wholly Communion and Howl double bill

at 7pm on Friday 5th June 2015

Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR

Tickets include entry to both films and free Dynamo beer, kindly provided by Wantsum Brewery.

'angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night'

Poet in the City brings an evening of poetry, film and counter culture to the Keats House Festival film night.

In San Francisco, in the autumn of 1955, at the first public reading of Allen Ginsberg's poetic epic Howl, something shifted. The Beat Generation was born. A movement of ground breaking writers including William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, and led by Ginsberg himself, it came to symbolize a new bohemian hedonism, celebrating non-conformity, political engagement and spontaneous creativity.


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Poetry Incarnation, we present a double bill of Beat poets. Wholly Communion is a documentary film celebrating the event which marked the arrival of the counterculture in England, the day 7,000 people filled the Albert Hall for poetry. HOWL is an imaginative ride through Allen Ginsberg's prophetic masterpiece that rocked a generation and was heard around the world.


James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg—poet, counter-culture adventurer, and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career: the poem HOWL. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, HOWL is on trial.


The First International Poetry Incarnation, an evening of American and British Beat poetry, took place on 11th June 1965; the film's birth was as spontaneous as the event itself. Director Peter Whitehead had attended an intimate reading by Allen Ginsberg, at which was suggested the apparently foolhardy idea of booking the Albert Hall for Ginsberg and his contemporaries to gather and perform their poems. Yet after a few days' organisation, 7,000 people of various hitherto unconnected subcultures arrived.

How to Book

Tickets cost £8 (£6 concessions) and can be purchased from

How to Find

Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR

Nearest stations are Hampstead Heath and Hampstead.

Keats House on Google maps

Poet in the City is an organisation which creates new audiences for poetry through an eclectic programme of events, new commissions and education work. Charity Commission number 1117354, Company limited by guarantee 05819413. For more information about the charity telephone 0207 014 2812, email, visit the website at or write to Poet in the City, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

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