Seren Events

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

Wednesday 27th January, 19:00 to 21:00
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A poetry reading from Sarah Wimbush and Gill McEvoy followed by an open mic. Sarah will read a selection from her two very recent pamphlets – Bloodlines (Seren Books, 2020), and The Last Dinosaur in Doncaster (Smith Doorstop, 2021).   Her poetry is rooted in Yorkshire with tales of family, colliery villages and Gypsies and Travellers. Using both humour and defiance, her poems weave through memory with one eye on the linguistic and always a sense of being part of something colourful, untamed and rare.  Gill will read from her new collection: Are you listening? (Hedgehog Press, 2020). This...

Thursday 28th January, 19:00
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An hour of poetry, music and film at the launch of Sarah Wimbush’s Smith/Doorstop pamphlet The Last Dinosaur in Doncaster which was a winner in The 2020 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition. In an exuberant journey down the ginnels of South Yorkshire meet men who should have been astronauts, a missing erotic statue and language anchored in a warm Donny twang. Sarah is a Leeds poet who hails from Doncaster and is a member of York Stanza and Doncaster’s Read 2 Write run by Ian Parks. Her debut poetry pamphlet Bloodlines (Seren 2020) was shortlisted in the Michael Marks Awards. Sarah...

Sunday 14th February, 12:00 to 13:00
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Meet the author Leslie Scase as he explores the world of late Victorian crime and punishment in this illustrated talk, bringing this fascinating era and subject alive. Leslie shares his research and how this led to writing his crime novel Fortuna's Deadly Shadow the start of a compelling murder mystery series packed with history and intrigue. Within his presentation, the author covers the background to the period and explains: - how crime was able to flourish; the types of crime that were prevalent; and how the forces of law and order responded. The talk includes an interactive section where...

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

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
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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...