GUY'S HOSPITALCOMPETITION WINNER!
written by: Tom Jordan
animated by: Carl Stone
with support from: Science Gallery at King’s College London. Part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity art and heritage collection.
"It's fantastic to be able to give a voice to someone who lost his so early. His story of giving up medicine to become a poet is inspiring - much like the risk you take to become an actor! And to tell Tom's story of a Keats I didn't know was a pleasure.”
competition winner: Tom Jordan
Tom Jordan is a professional writer and editor, part-time actor, and full-time dad. He’s done his fair share of globe-trotting, with stints living in Australia and the Middle East, and has had numerous other travel adventures in the line of the written word. He’s now living back in his native Yorkshire, aiming, like Keats, to focus on his creative endeavours, which include fiction, rhyme and children’s media projects. He's on Twitter @MrTomJordan.
Born in Moorgate in 1795, John Keats trained as a surgeon-apothecary at Guy's Hospital before deciding to devote his career to poetry. In his short and brilliant life he wrote some of the greatest poems of the Romantic period, including To Autumn, Ode on a Grecian Urn and Lamia. In 1819 he presented his beloved Fanny Brawne with the sonnet Bright Star as a declaration of his love; however, before they could marry he died in Rome of tuberculosis at the age of 25.
The bronze Keats statue was created for Guy's by sculptor Stuart Williamson, and was unveiled by the poet Andrew Motion in 2007.
This Talking Statue was commissioned by Science Gallery at King's College London for MOUTHY: Into the Orifice (July-November 2016), a season of events that invites you to get involved and connect with your mouth in new ways.