Seren Events

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

Monday 17th January, 19:00 to 21:00

This new poetry group facilitated by Bryony Littlefair (Giraffe) promises established poets and novices alike a cosy space to write alongside like-minded individuals. The group will include reading on different themes, writing exercises, time to draft new work and chances to share with each other. Whether you’re the resurrected spirit of T S Eliot or have never read a poem in your life, there is cosy fun in store for you. You can join whenever you can - no need to commit every week. There are two free places per session for those who need them. Please email me b.a.littlefair@gmail.com if you...

Tuesday 18th January, 07:55 to Tuesday 22nd February, 07:55
ONLINE

Take time out to recharge your energy and creativity. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and improve well-being, clarity, focus and creativity. I’ve thrown in a sprinkling of poetry and a session of writing together for a weekly uplift! These six sessions are a fresh start to the day in the UK, or perhaps a wind down in Australia nearing the end of the day. Each session focuses on a theme to spur positive wellbeing, with a prompt for writing. Writing with mindfulness will give your writing a refreshing edge.  WHO is it for? Those interested in mindfulness and/or poetry or writing....

Tuesday 18th January, 18:00 to 20:00

  Japan Stories is a spellbinding new collection of short fiction from Jayne Joso. Meet the sinister museum curator, a son caring for his dementia- struck father, a young woman who returns to haunt her killer, and a curious homeless man intent on cleaning your home with lemons. This captivating work also includes Joso’s stories ‘I’m not David Bowie’ and ‘Maru-chan’, an homage to Yayoi Kusama. The book is illustrated by Manga artist, NAMIKO. ‘Stripped to the bone by the depredations of dementia, Joso’s prose falls from eloquence to hand-wringing and the bitterness of uncontained grief, to...

Sunday 6th February, 17:00 to 19:30
Bristol

Join poetry group The Spoke for a FREE warming winter evening of poetry. The Spoke poets Elizabeth Parker, Claire Williamson and Robert Walton will be reading from their Seren collections, as well as a range of new work. There will also be an open mic, so you can share your own poetry in the welcoming ambience of this gorgeous cafe. Hot beverages and cakes will be available. If you’d like to book an open mic slot, please email Elizabeth Parker at lizzieitaly@hotmail.co.uk. Limited slots available. Keep up to date with this event on Facebook. 

Friday 25th February, 12:00 to 13:30

In this Digital Taster Course for Tŷ Newydd run by Hammad Rind, you'll be given a quick introduction on how to go about starting to write your first novel. From planning, to research, to creating back-stories for your credible characters, to figuring out your plot, structure and exploring genres, Hammad Rind, who published his debut novel this year, will set you on the correct path, and answer your questions. You will leave the course with a renewed energy and ideas on how to get started. The workshop will last an hour, but time has been set aside to settle in at the beginning to ask...

Saturday 26th February, 10:30

In this online course with the Poetry School, Katrina Naomi will lead a workshop on poetry of the menopause where participants will read and write poems exploring how bodies change – the losses and the gains. You’ll write from direct experience and from the experience of others close to you; from the heart, from the guts; in response to other poets and writers. You’ll subvert medical and other texts, playing with cut-ups and erasure techniques. You’ll write about how you really feel, not how you’re supposed to feel. Some will delight in throwing off the risks of pregnancy, finding newfound...

Friday 11th March, 12:00 to 13:30

In this Digital Taster Course for Tŷ Newydd run by Rosalind Hudis, you will look at the link between poetry and science, and the science of poetry. You'll spend a little time exploring some of the ways poets have embraced science topics in lyric poetry. Then it’s your turn: after choosing a short sample of science writing, you’ll be guided through a step-by-step approach to transform it into the first draft of a lyric poem. No previous scientific knowledge required! You will leave the course with a renewed energy, the elements and ideas on how to get started. The workshop will last an hour,...

Saturday 26th March, 12:45 to 13:45

St David’s Festival of Ideas is a volunteer-run festival set up in 2019 with the aim of bringing people together from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and opinions to see if new ideas and solutions can be birthed in the process. After moving online in 2021, they are returning in person in March 2022.  Eric Ngalle Charles, whose debut collection is forthcoming from Seren in 2022, will be in conversation with Jon Gower in How Books Change the World. Chaired by Amanda Stone. With nearly 200,000 books published in the UK each year they'll discuss how some of them catch the uplift of spirit, time...