Seren Events

The latest news on Seren’s books, authors, events and prizes.

Sunday 5th July, 11:00

Don Paterson and Paul Henry: Readings and conversation with Ursula Owen.  Paul Henry’s The Brittle Sea: New & Selected Poems was recently reprinted by Seren. Henry was Herefordshire’s first Poet in Residence and has presented arts programmes for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. He will read from his new book, Boy Running. Don Paterson’s Landing Light won both the Whitbread and the T. S. Eliot Awards and Rain confirmed him as one of our leading poets. A recent review in The Guardian describes his work as ‘Dynamic, interrogative and unsettling; crafted yet open-ended; fiercely smart, savage and...

Sunday 5th July, 16:30

20 minutes with… Nia Davies. Then Spree is Nia’s first pamphlet of poems, published by Salt. In Spring 2014 she took over the editorship of the international quarterly Poetry Wales and is involved with Literature Across Frontiers. 3.40pm–4pm | The Panelled Room in The Master’s House | Free

Sunday 5th July, 18:00

Versopolis: A Celebration of Emerging European Poets  Versopolis is a platform that unites 11 European Festivals to promote and translate their most exciting new poets. Maria Ferenčuhova (Slovakia), Gjoko Zdraveski (Macedonia), Maud Vanhauwaert (Belgium), Aivaras Veiknys (Lithuania) and Ida Linde (Sweden) will share the stage with four of the UK poets: Meirion Jordan, Liz Berry, Adam Horovitz and Eleanor Rees. These are strong performers, writing vivid and original poetry that opens windows and transcends borders. Unmissable. 6pm–8.20pm with an interval | Burgage Hall | £9  box office 01531...

Monday 6th July, 18:45

Pavilion Poets: Mona Arshi, Sarah Corbett and Eleanor Rees. Exploring altered states, inner worlds, reimagined cities and subterranean lands, Pavilion Poetry, imprint of Liverpool University Press, is launched with collections by three poets whose poetry sounds the depths of story, language, territory and selfhood.  6.45pm–7.45pm | Burgage Hall | £9 box office 01531 636 232

Wednesday 8th July, 19:00

Join Jasmine Donahaye​ in the Glyn Jones Centre for the launch of Losing Israel, her moving and beautifully written memoir of her family in Israel, and of her complex history with the country. Supported by Literature Wales. RSVPjessgofton@serenbooks.comor 01656 663018

Friday 10th July, 14:00

Develop your writing through an individual session with Jonathan Edwards, who won the Ledbury Poetry Competition and the Costa Prize for My Family and Other Superheroes. 2pm–4pm | Festival Box Office | £13 per half hour session (advance booking essential) box office 01531 636 232

Friday 10th July, 18:00

Ian McMillan presents Ledbury Poetry Competition’s 2014 Winners  Hosted by judge Ian McMillan, hear this rich horde of competition winners read and enjoy the outstanding talent on display. First place winner Jonathan Edwards went on to win the 2014 Costa Prize for Poetry for My Family and Other Superheroes. He says, “This Festival has been so crucial in my development over the last ten years, both in the poets I’ve managed to see and through your awesome one-to-one sessions.” 6pm–7pm | Burgage Hall | Free but ticketed box office 01531 636 232

Thursday 16th July, 18:00 to 20:00

Join Dr John Pikoulis at the Ty Crawshay building at the University of South Wales for the launch of Alun, Gweno & Freda, his new biography of WW2 writer Alun Lewis. Swansea University's Professor Dai Smith will be in conversation with the author, and refreshments will be served at the event. RSVPjessgofton@serenbooks.comor 01656 663018