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The Beats: a night of film

Fri
05th June 2015 19:00
Keats House
10 Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR
‘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.

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