Seren Events

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

Saturday 5th December, 16:00

William Wordsworth was a poet with deep concern for the human condition and its relationship to the natural world. Now, amidst the celebrations of his 250th birthday, Poet in the City brings together poets and academics to explore why an examination of Wordsworth is relevant today. Wordsworth’s work wrote nature into our social and political history. In 2020, a year of seismic shifts to our contemporary social and cultural lives, Wordsworth’s use of the natural world as a canvas has come into even sharper focus. As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to emerge, we will be joined by...

Monday 7th December, 19:00

Join us to hear Will Hayward, political editor for WalesOnline, discussing his new book Lockdown Wales: How Covid-19 Tested Wales with Sandra Loy live on Zoom. Register for FREE via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/129491317015. Details of how to join will be included in your confirmation email.  About the book: In 2020 everyone’s lives were taken over by the Covid-19 pandemic. No-one was unaffected. The spring lockdown changed the way we lived, the way we looked at each other and at ourselves. Big questions engaged us all: PPE, the health service, care homes, shielding. We became...

Wednesday 9th December, 19:00

Earlier this year Cath Drake's debut collection The Shaking City was highly commended in the Forward Prizes and her poem 'Our Front Garden' was published in the Forward Book of Poetry 2021.  Cath's collection is one of many launched during the pandemic. In this reading, poets whose books were launched during this pandemic year will read poems from the Forward Book of Poetry 2021 and their new collections including:  Colette Bryce, The M Pages Cath Drake, The Shaking City Matthew Francis, Wing Maria Ferguson, Alright, Girl? Mina Gorji, The Art of Escape Katherine Horrex, Growlery Shane McCrae...

Monday 14th December, 19:00 to 22:00

On Monday 14 December Will Hayward will be speaking at the online Public Affairs Cymru Annual General Meeting. He will discuss some of the key themes covered in his new book Lockdown Wales and his experience reporting on the crisis. Register your interest via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/128248347259. Lockdown Wales: How Covid-19 Tested Wales is available to pre-order now. Find out more about Public Affairs Cymru on their website publicaffairscymru.com.     Photo by Media Wales.

Monday 14th December, 19:30 to 21:00

As one of the poets shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards 2020, Sarah Wimbush will be reading from her debut pamphlet Bloodlines as part of the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets online awards ceremony on Monday 14 December.  Four Awards will be made, for Publisher, Poet, Illustrator and Poetry in a Celtic Language. The shortlisted poets will each read from their pamphlets, and the publishers will talk about their work this year. To attend, book your FREE place on the British Library website. The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets are presented in partnership with the Michael...

Monday 1st March, 15:00 to Saturday 6th March, 10:00
Sedbergh, Cumbria

People are the inspiration for so much great poetry. As readers, we are moved by poems which explore the connections between us as humans. And people offer such a rich range of ways into poetry. From the character sketch to the monologue, from the real to the surreal, from poems about historical folk to poems in praise of pop culture figures. The narrative, the lyric, the serious, the comic, the sonnet, the epic – this course will explore a rich range of ways in which we can people our poems, or how we can make poems which are worthy of our people. The tutor is Jonathan Edwards whose  first...

Friday 12th March, 19:30
ONLINE

Kick off your weekend in style with readings from Jonathan Edwards and Jericho Brown. Wry, deft and curious, Jonathan's poetry has bagged him a number of awards, including the Costa Poetry Award for his first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes. This collection also won the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, as did his second collection Gen. His writing reminds us that ‘the time to be the people we’ll become’ is now. Also taking to the virtual stage is American poet Jericho Brown, the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His poetry interweaves elegy and an alert...