Seren Events

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

Monday 24th July, 16:00 to Saturday 29th July, 10:00

This four day course invites both new and experienced poets to develop their art within a friendly, supportive environment. A combination of workshops, readings and one-to-one tutorials will explore the craft and mystery of writing poetry. The value of learning from a broad range of poetic voices will underscore workshops partly inspired by the inner landscape of Memory and by the stunning dales surrounding the retreat. Tutorials will help you in the redrafting of your poems and in approaches to form. Above all else, ‘Writing Poetry’ will offer you precious time and space to enjoy refining...

Friday 4th August, 19:30 to 23:30

Join Martin Griffiths for the Snowdonia stop on his Myths & Legends Astronomy Tour of Wales. With his new book, Dark Land, Dark Skies, Martin offers a Celtic reclamation of the night sky, and in this event you will learn about Welsh myths and their connection to the stars. This will be an exciting evening of astronomy, storytelling and connection to our culture. Good news – this is a free event and all are welcome to attend! Guarantee your place: register now.       

Friday 4th August, 20:00

The opening event of the National Eisteddfod of Wales on Anglesey will see the premiere of a new musical commission by the composer Paul Mealor to words by Seren author Grahame Davies to commemorate the centenary of the death of the Welsh First World War poet, Hedd Wyn.  The piece, entitled ‘Gorffwysgan Hedd Wyn’, commissioned by the Eisteddfod, will be performed by the 250-strong Eisteddfod choir, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  There are limited tickets still available: £25 Adults/£17 Under 16's. For further information and to book visit the Eisteddfod website: www.eisteddfod....

Monday 7th August, 16:00 to Saturday 12th August, 10:00

Jonathan Edwards is guest reading on this week long course which will consider how best to articulate our thoughts about the body; the body praised, the body mourned, the body touched, the body in decline, the body in ecstasy; how we can translate the paradoxically physical and ephemeral body into poetry on a page. An exciting and engaging course which will use workshops, close readings and discussion to explore the body in a poem and the body as a poem. Our bodies, and the bodies of those around us, are often how we first make contact with the outside world and how we articulate our own...

Wednesday 9th August, 18:30

Come along and enjoy a glass of wine whilst listening to an extract from Maggie's new book Writing on Water (Seren 2017). The stories are informed by the Caribbean, where Maggie was born, and Britain where she has lived as an adult, and through them, the wider world. Issues of belonging and migration feature, but alongside these are growing interests in voice, narrative, gardening and botany, music and family. There are both UK and Caribbean voices in these tales, told by children, migrants, mothers, grandparents. Maggie will be supported by Raul Speek on piano. Tickets are free but places...

Nicholas Murray
Friday 25th August, 11:00

"What do we mean when we talk about borders?" Nicholas Murray introduces his latest book, Crossings: A Journey through Borders (Seren) and reads from his poetry collection The Migrant Ship (Melos). Part travel book, part personal journey, part meditation on the meaning of borders, literal and metaphorical, Crossings is also rooted in the author’s thirty-year residence in the Radnor Valley in the border country of Mid-Wales.Tickets £7.50 unreserved. Refreshments available. Transport Festival Bus departs from Presteigne at 10.30am (Advance return Bus Tickets are bookable online, and attract a...

Thursday 7th September, 14:00 to 15:30

Join us at the Teifi Marshes Centre, Cardigan, to learn more about magnificent Skomer Island, a National Nature Reserve just off the Pembrokeshire coast. Former Skomer Warden, Rosanne Alexander and naturalist, Iolo Williams host an insightful and intimate talk and presentation into Skomer Island’s important wildlife and landscape. Rosanne and Iolo will give an impressive insight into the island’s important birds, seals and other inhabitants, including its significant breeding populations of manx shearwaters and puffins, and reveal what they know about Skomer’s important landscape. If you have...

Friday 22nd September, 19:00

“To be born Welsh is to be born privileged; not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but music in your blood and poetry in your soul.” There’s a whole raft of exciting new poetic voices breathing fire into Brian Harris’ famous words. This showcase gives a platform to some of Wales’ most exciting new poets: Rhiannon Hooson, Rhian Edwards, Emily Blewitt, Sophie McKeand, Susie Wild, Natalie Ann Holbrow and Rhys Milsom. Seren is proud to have published the debut collections by three of these young poets: The Other City by Rhiannon Hooson, This Is Not A Rescue by Emily Blewitt and Rhian Edwards'...

Saturday 23rd September, 19:00

The lives of the Power family were taken in 1999: a mother, her two daughters and their grandmother.  In The Clydach Murders: Miscarriage of Justice (forthcoming from Seren in September) author and solicitor John Morris asks whether an innocent man, Dai Morris, was wrongfully convicted of this horrific crime. Join John and his wealth of captivating evience as he illustrates his powerful case that Dai Morris’ conviction was a miscarriage of justice.  Tickets: £5.00/ £3.00. For further information and to book visit the Festival website:

Sunday 24th September, 17:00

For millennia, humans have looked to the night sky and wondered.  Wonder no more as Martin Griffiths shows off his stargazing expertise and his Celtic interpretation of the night sky.  He’ll share stories from his book Dark Land, Dark Skies, an engaging astronomical guide complete with star charts and other helpful materials for star gazing which reclaims the night sky for the Welsh peoples by repopulating it with the myths superseded by classical mythology, including figures from The Mabinogion. Tickets: £5.00/£3.00. For further information and to book visit the Festival website: www....