Seren Events

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

Saturday 18th February, 11:00 to Saturday 22nd April, 17:00

 The Battle of Mametz Wood was the most significant battle in World War I for Welsh troops. Over 4,000 soldiers of the 38th Welsh Division were killed or wounded there in July 1916. Aled Rhys Hughes has tried to answer the question: does this landscape have a memory of what happened here one hundred years ago? From 11 February to 22 April, a selection of Aled’s striking photographs are to be exhibited at STORIEL, the museum and art gallery in Bangor. STORIEL is open 11:00–17:00, Tuesday to Saturday.   Aled Rhys Hughes’ book Mametz, a photographic essay commemorating the battle, was published...

Thursday 2nd March, 19:30

March’s First Thursday event celebrates the Spring Issue of Poetry Wales Magazine and will be hosted by Editor Nia Davies, featuring readings by Eric Ngalle Charles, a poet from Cameroon, now based in Cardiff, who's memoir is forthcoming from Parthian, and artist/poet Nicky Arscott who lives and works in North Wales.  Following our guest readings we will have the famous open mic, and you are invited to read one poem (or one A4 page of prose). First Thursday tickets are £2.50 on the door (redeemable upon purchase of a book/magazine).

Wednesday 8th March, 14:00

Celebrate International Women’s Day by discovering women’s hidden histories and secret voices in Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives. The event will be an opportunity to explore the collections, listen to a series of exciting talks and examine some of the items before participating in a creative writing workshop run by Seren poet Emily Blewitt, whose debut collection This is Not a Rescue is publishing in April. The first speaker is Susan Morgan who will discuss the anatomical textbooks that have inspired her PhD in creative writing. Her talk will provide insight into the...

Saturday 11th March, 12:00

Writing on Water book launchMaggie HarrisRoyal Temple Yacht Club Maggie Harris is a Guyana-born writer who lived and worked in Kent promoting literature and as part of a woman's group before her move to Wales. A Commonwealth Short Story and Guyana Prize winner, her books include Sixty Years of Loving (Cane Arrow Press) and In Margate by Lunchtime (Cultured Llama Press). She will be launching her new book Writing on Water (Seren, 2017) and talking about inspiration, writing, and her journey as a migrant woman. Entry: Free / Donation  (Tea and coffee included!)11 March 12:00 PM   Book your...

Wednesday 15th March, 19:30

Join us at The Flying Horse pub, Oxford Street, London, for the launch of Siobhán Campbell’s new poetry collection, Heat Signature. It will be a night of poetry and merriment, with a reading by the author, time for questions and an opportunity to get your copy of the book signed. Come along and celebrate with us. Free event, all welcome. 7:30pm onwards. Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road. Please RSVP:   About Heat Signature: There is a beautiful ruthlessness to the poetry of Siobhán Campbell. Her new collection, Heat Signature, is composed in her...

Tuesday 21st March, 19:00

Join Siobhan Campbell, Dai George, Graham Clifford, and Ilse Pedler for an evening of readings followed by an Open Mic. Entry Fee £5/£4. There will also be wine/juice, books/pamphlets and a raffle. All profits in aid of  Cold Weather Shelters.  

Saturday 1st April, 20:15

The Glass Aisle: Poetry and Song. Poet Paul Henry and lead singer of the Oxfordshire band, Stornoway, Brian Briggs join forces for a session of poetry and song featuring their recent collaboration on the long poem, The Glass Aisle, a long poem inspired by the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal close to Henry’s home and its associations with the radio pioneer Marconi and an old union workhouse. He has composed song adaptions of the poem with Briggs, who is a member of the critically acclaimed Oxford indie folk band Stornoway. Henry will read poems from his collections The Brittle Sea and Boy...

Saturday 8th April,
14:00 to 16:00

Paul Henry will be leading a poetry workshop with the Teifi Writers, a group of writers who meet once a month on a Saturday afternoon.Please email |Kelly Yamazaki for futher details:

Friday 21st April, 19:30

Friday 21st April 7.30pm (doors open from 7pm) Venue: Little Man Coffee Company, Ivor House, Bridge Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EE   Edward Thomas has influenced the work of numerous writers, from Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy and W.H. Auden, to Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes. This event will celebrate the influence of his work on contemporary poetry. Lucy Newlyn (from Oxford), Jonathan Edwards (from South Wales) and Glyn Edwards (from North Wales), will read their own poems and talk about the influence of Edward Thomas on their work. Local writers will also share poems written specially...

Saturday 22nd April,
19:00 to 21:30

Poetry in the Crypt is an occasional reading series which takes place in the crypt below St Mary’s Church on Upper Street, Islington.  Come along on 22 April when Seren poet Lynne Hjelmgaard, Donald Atkinson and Kay Syrad will read for the second event of 2017. There will be a chance for all to have a chat with free cake and coffee in the interval. Come early and bring a poem if you wish to read from the floor. Admission £4 – all proceeds go to the charity Hospice Care Kenya.