Seren Events

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

Thursday 24th January, 19:00 to Thursday 28th March, 21:00

Expand your voice with the thoughts, lives and feelings of others ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’– Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird From Robert Browning to Carol Ann Duffy, Patience Agbabi to Simon Armitage, a number of writers have explored the joy of how writing from the point of view of someone – or something – else can free the creative shackles and unleash poems of great power. In this online course, Costa Award-winning poet will help you will explore a range of things that...

Thursday 21st March, 17:00

Jonathan Edwards will read from Gen  (Seren 2018) his latest collection of poetry. Jonathan's debut collection My Family and Other Superheroes was the winner of the Costa Poetry Prize 2014.  Free entry.

Friday 22nd March, 10:30

Paul Deaton will be appearing at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival with ​Julie-ann Rowell & Ronnie Aaronson. Paul's collection A Watchful Astronomy (Seren 2017) is a Poetry Book Society recommendation.  

Friday 22nd March, 19:00

Jonathan Edwards will read from his latest collection Gen (Seren 2018). His debut collection My Family and Other Superheroes was the winner of the Costa Poetry Prize 2014.  Also reading will be Abigail Parry. Admission: 5 euros. For further information and to book visit the Festival website:

Monday 25th March, 19:30

Iolo Williams is renowned for his love and knowledge of all wildlife in Wales. At this event, for the Gwent Ornithological Society, he will tell in his own words of the beauty and variety we have in Wales. Iolo  is a Welsh naturalist and broadcaster, best known for his BBC Wales and S4C nature programmes. His book Wild Places: Wales’ 40 Top Nature Sites is available from Seren. For further information about the event visit:

Sunday 31st March, 14:30

At the closing of the exhibition ‘After the Taking of Tea and other works’ the Artist Charlotte Hodes will give a walk and talk tour of her work; and afterward a reading by Poet Deryn Rees-Jones from the Book And You, Helen’ (Seren 2018) on which Charlotte and Deryn collaborated. Entrance is Free and there is no need to book.

Tuesday 2nd April, 19:00

Meet author Jayne Joso at independent bookshop Herne Hill Books and enjoy a reading from her new novel, From Seven to the Sea. Tuesday 2nd April, 7:00pm. Entry is free and all are welcome.  About From Seven to the Sea:From Seven to the Sea explores the emotions of childhood and an almost limitless capacity for imagination, invention, and fearlessness as it charts the survival of seven-year-old Esther as she negotiates her mother and stepfather’s dysfunction, and a school environment that exposes her to further prejudice and injustice. It is a window onto the world of a child who rejects...

Saturday 4th May, 16:00

Join two fantastic Seren poets, reading their work at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Ross Cogan’s startling collection Bragr (Seren 2018) connects with the dynamic dreamtime of nature and magic. The hauntingly beautiful poems reinvent Norse myth and legend to explore urgent environmental issues such as habitat loss and global warming. A rigorous intelligence meets an adept sensitivity in the debut collection by Paul Deaton. A Watchful Astronomy (Seren 2017). The poems offer a meditation on loss and renewal, and cast their gaze to the sky above, and the earth below. Tickets: £7.00/£5.00 (+...

Saturday 18th May, 10:30 to 16:30

Tackle the pressing topics of the day and produce new poetry. This one day workshop is led by Katrina Naomi whose collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, was published by Seren in 2016. The workshop will look at the work of Ray Antrobus, Hashem Beck, Terrance Hayes, Alice Oswald, Danez Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Jack Underwood and Ocean Vuong. We will explore poetry on class, ethnicity, love, war, sex, sexuality, religion and politics. How do you write about some of humanity’s biggest – and at times, most difficult – issues while remaining true to yourself? We’ll consider the use of form,...

Monday 15th July, 14:00 to Saturday 20th July, 12:00

This course, led by Jonathan Edwards and Patience Agbabai,  will engage with the idea of poetry as play, exploring the joy of messing about with the shape and noise of language, and the seriously great directions this method can lead a poem. Workshops will explore a range of approaches, from the monologue to traditional forms, from the surreal to the love poem. We will draw inspiration from classical myth and from popular culture to create poems that vibrate on and off the page. Individual tutorials will be tailored closely to each participants’ needs, to ensure that whatever your experience...