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Seren

Seren is an independent literary publisher, specialising in English-language writing from Wales. Our prize-winning list has something to offer anyone with an interest in excellent writing. Our aim is not simply to reflect what is going on in the culture in which we publish, but to drive that culture forward, to engage with the world, and to bring Welsh literature, art and politics before a wider audience.

Over its thirty year existence Seren has developed into one of the most interesting publishing houses in Britain. Based in Bridgend and aiming primarily to give voice to outstanding writing in the English language from Wales, Seren continues to nurture and publish new talent whose quality is recognized around the world.

At the heart of our list is a good story told well or an idea or history presented interestingly or provocatively, what used to be called literary publishing before accountants and managers gained ascendancy. We’re international in authorship and readership though our roots remain here in Wales (seren = star in Welsh) where we prove that writers from a small country with an intricate culture have a worldwide relevance.

The Team

Mick Felton, Publisher

Mick Felton has over thirty years experience in publishing and the book trade and has been representing, managing and editing at Seren for many of them. He is a former Trustee of the Poetry Society and has a longstanding interest and involvement in environmental issues.

Simon Hicks, Sales and Marketing Manager

Simon Hicks has been at Seren for eighteen years, working in sales, marketing, design and production. He was previously a copywriter and features editor. He likes reading, music, art, food and sitting in the garden.

Amy Wack, Poetry Editor

Amy Wack was born in Florida, USA, and raised in Coronado, California. She has a BA in English Literature from San Diego State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, New York City. She has worked at Seren since 1989 where she was Reviews Editor of Poetry Wales magazine and, in recent years, Seren’s Poetry Editor, among the many prize-winning titles produced in her tenure are John Haynes Letter to Patience, which won the Costa Award for Poetry, Kathryn Simmonds, Sunday at the Skin Launderette, which won the Forward Prize for best first collection. She also co-edited, with the poet Eva Salzman, the well-received anthology Women’s Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English. She lives in Cardiff with her husband and daughter and hosts a monthly poetry-reading series, First Thursday, at Chapter Arts Centre, Canton.

Penny Anne Thomas, Fiction Editor

Penny Anne Thomas has worked for Seren since 2006 and as part-time fiction editor she is usually buried in manuscripts, some of them wonderful. She loves her job and looks to bring a range of innovative, talented writers to the Seren list. Originally from Hertfordshire she has lived in Wales since 1988. She has a BA English Language and Literature (Oxon) and worked for 15 years as a journalist for Welsh daily newspapers. She is also a freelance editor and lives in Cardiff with her two children and the dog.

Rebecca Parfitt, Editorial Assistant for Poetry Wales

Rebecca has worked in publishing and bookselling for six years, beginning her career in London. She joined Seren in 2011 and spent a year on production for the fiction titles. She is currently Editorial Assistant for Poetry Wales and manages the advertising and subscriptions for the magazine. She is also a writer of poetry and fiction who is published regularly in magazines and anthologies, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2010. She devotes her life to books and poetry, loves second-hand shops and can occasionally be spotted on a trapeze...