The latest news on Seren’s books, authors, events and prizes.
Event 156 • Monday 25 May 2015, 5.30pm • Venue: Elmley Foundation CubeLeaping from the pages, jostling for position alongside the Valleys mams, dads, and bamps, and described with great warmth, the superheroes in question are a motley crew: Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun, and a recalcitrant hippo. Other poems focus on the crammed terraces and abandoned high streets where a working-class and Welsh nationalist politics is hammered out. This is a post-industrial Valleys upbringing reimagined through the prism of pop culture and surrealism. In My Family and...
Event 160 • Monday 25 May 2015, 7pm • Venue: Oxfam MootA Fold in the River is a beautiful collaboration between TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Philip Gross and visual artist Valerie Coffin Price. Gross once lived on the banks of the River Taff in Wales and his journals are the source for the powerful poems. Price revisited the walking route along the river, from which evolved the prints and drawings that accompany the poems. Price: £7.00 For further information and to book visit the Hay Festival website www.hayfestival.com
The poet is publishing two books this spring: the first biography of Lily Tobias, a courageous, idealistic Welsh woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the twentieth century; and a memoir, Losing Israel. In 2007, in a chance conversation with her mother, a kibbutznik, Donahaye stumbled upon the collusion of her family in the displacement of Palestinians in 1948. When she set out to learn the story of what happened, what she discovered challenged everything she thought she knew about the country and her family, and transformed her understanding of the place, and of...
Event 182 • Tuesday 26 May 2015, 1pm • Venue: Oxfam Moot In this first event celebrating the centenary of the Welsh poet Alun Lewis, Owen Sheers will read the poetry and Juliet Aykroyd will reveal how he and her mother, Freda, fell in love in India during World War II. Lewis’s letters to Freda, published in A Cypress Walk, prove him to be one of the great letter-writers. Price: £7.00. For further information and to book visit the Hay Festival website www.hayfestival.com
Event 187 • Tuesday 26 May 2015, 2.30pm • Venue: Oxfam MootGillian Clarke, The National Poet of Wales, celebrates the centenary of Alun Lewis, with a close reading and exploration of his poems. His first volume Raiders Dawn and other Poems, which contains his masterpiece 'All Day It Has Rained' was published in 1942. Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets was published posthumously in 1945. Introduced by Cary Archard. Price: £7.00. For further information and to book visit the Hay Festival website www.hayfestival.com
Event 316 • Friday 29 May 2015, 7pm • Venue: Oxfam MootA reading and conversation with the authors of poetry collection Judas (Seren 2015) and the ‘gospel noir’ Acts of the Assassins. They talk to Rhidian Brook. Price: £7.00. For further information and to book visit the Hay Festival website www.hayfestival.com
Event 323 • Friday 29 May 2015, 8.30pm • Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube A groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry in Wales through the potential of collaboration across our two languages. Six poets have worked with one another to create original poetic works. They’ve been touring these pieces in rolling pairs around Wales, drawing in poets in each location, and inviting them to create their own collaborations. Their tour culminates here in Hay with a showcase performance and Q&A.
Event 325 • Friday 29 May 2015, 9.45pm • Venue: Starlight Stage A late-night reading of ghost stories as Mitchell previews his new story to be published in October, Slade House, and Murray reads from her acclaimed Sugar Hall. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith. Price: £7.00. For further information and to book visit the Hay Festival website www.hayfestival.com