Happy Birthdays!

In this series of blog posts, we will be celebrating the lives of some of our best-loved authors by checking out their wonderful works of literature.

♦31st October-6th November♦

John Keats

31st October 1795-23rd February 1821

The Complete Poems by Romantic poet John Keats, including Ode to a Nightingale and Ode on a Grecian Urn, is available from NORFOLK HOUSE 821.7 KEA


La Belle Dame sans Merci became a popular subject for Pre-Raphaelite artists in mid-1800s. You can find renderings of La Belle Dame by both Frank Dicksee and John William Waterhouse in Elizabeth Pretterjohn’s Art of the Pre-Raphaelites, available in the BOOK ZONE 759.2 PRE

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John William Waterhouse’s version of La Belle Dame and her wandering Knight

Bright Star (2012) tells the story of Keats’ engagement to fashion designer Fanny Brawne. Directed by Jane Campion (Top of the Lake), the film stars Ben Whishaw (Paddington) as Keats and Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) as Brawne. Find it in the DVD LOBBY.


Ben  Whishaw and Abbie Cornish play doomed lovers in Bright Star 

Check back every week to find out more about the famous novelists, poets, playwrights and illustrators you can find here in the Information Store.


Csilkeba (2012) Grecian Urn Cake Available at: (Accessed: 16/09/2016)

Waterhouse, J (1893) La Belle Dame sans Merci Available at: (Accessed: 21/09/2016)

Santels (2010) BRIGHT_STAR_29 Available at: (Accessed: 21/09/2016)


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