Wenlock Books Poetry Breakfast | Celebrating Seren
This month, Wenlock Books are hosting four Seren poets at their monthly poetry breakfast. The event will feature Abeer Ameer, Christopher Meredith, Kim Moore and Ilse Pedler whose latest collections are all published in 2021, our 40th anniversary year. The event will take place live on Zoom and there is guide price is £5. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own coffee and croissant! Seren poetry editor Amy Wack will be introducing the poets.
Abeer Ameer’s poems have appeared widely in print and online journals and anthologies, including Acumen, The Poetry Review, The Rialto and Poetry Wales. This is Abeer’s second time with Poetry Breakfast as Jonathan Edwards chose her poem Ahmad ~ after R. S. Thomas in his ‘I Remember’ selection, November 2021. In her debut collection Inhale/Exile she shares stories of her Iraqi forebears in poetry that is moving, powerful and a testament to her peoples’ spirit.
Christopher Meredith is the award-winning author of five novels (the latest, Please, is published simultaneously with the new poems, Still), a short story collection and five collections of poetry. Prizes include an Eric Gregory Award, the Arts Council of Wales Young Writer Prize and the Fiction Prize for his first novel, Shifts. He has broadcast on radio and TV and given readings around the UK as well as in Europe and the USA. He has been a steelworker, a schoolteacher and a university professor. Still builds on Christopher’s previous collection, Air Histories, shifting between the personal and impersonal, developing a characteristically wide range of forms, techniques, settings and moods. Many of the poems feature Welsh landscapes and settings, in common with much of the author’s previous work.
Kim Moore’s first full-length collection The Art of Falling won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2015. She won a New Writing North Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2012. Her first pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. It was chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012. Kim’s eagerly awaited second collection of poems, All The Men I Never Married is pointedly feminist, challenging and keenly aware of the contradictions and complexities of desire. The 48 numbered poems take us through a gallery of exes and significant others where we encounter rage, pain, guilt, and love.
The title of Ilse Pedler's debut collection, Auscultation, means listening and specifically, in medicine, listening to sounds that come from the body’s internal organs. If listening is a central theme of this collection, it is also about being heard. Ilse Pedler is poet of breadth and depth. There are poems here about waiting rooms and surgical instruments, about crisis calls, about overhearing farmers and pet owners and colleagues. There are poems about surviving a stern childhood and a heartbreaking sequence about being a stepmother. This is a compelling set of poems from a striking new voice. Ilse is a winner of the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition with her pamphlet The Dogs that Chase Bicycle Wheels.