My book, City of Verse: A London Poetry Trail, is now available on the Amazon and Kobo stores.
When John Keats was dying, he asked that the inscription on his gravestone read, ‘Here lies one whose name was writ in water’. His wish was honoured and the gravestone can be seen in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome.
John Clare had been a inpatient at Northampton General Lunatic Asylum for almost twenty years when he wrote his last letter, to James Hipkins. Hipkins, who had never met Clare but admired his work, had written to Dr Wing, the asylum superintendent, to enquire after the poet’s health.