Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 18:30

Keats House

Keats Grove



Damian Walford Davies | Keats's Killing Breath: Poetry and Theories of Tuberculosis

This talk, by Professor Damian Walford Davies,  will explore what Keats knew about the disease, and how he imagined it; it also identifies in his poetry and letters complex moments of speculation about the different contemporary theories of tuberculosis. These theories focused his preoccupations and anxieties about inheritance and birthrights, individual poethood, imaginative engagement and fantasies of power. ​Damian Walford Davies is Pro Vice-Chancellor (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) at Cardiff University He is a poet, writer and librettist and the author of four Seren collections, most recently Docklands: A Ghost Story (2019). Tickets: £4.50, booking is essential. For further information and to book visit: