Seren Events

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

Thursday 27th February, 18:30
Cambridge

 Join André Mangeot as he celebrates his new collection of poems, his first for Seren,  Blood Rain. Resonant, complex, rich in heft and texture, Blood Rain’s compelling poems address some of the most troubling man-made challenges now facing us all: the natural world and its endangerment, populism, radicalisation and terror, the mass movement of people in a battle for survival. Yet amid its powerful and salutary warnings, love runs like a seam through the sequence. This breadth of awareness and range, interwoven with the deeply personal, delivers a collection of significant range and urgent...

Thursday 27th February, 19:00 to Thursday 30th April, 19:00
Bristol

A series of poetry workshops taught by  Elizabeth Parker whose debut collection, In Her Shambles, was published by Seren in 2018. Explore exciting poems and experiment with structure, form and language in your writing as you create new work in the stimulating environment of the beautiful North Gallery. The two hour workshops will take place on Thursday 27th February, Thursday 26th March and Thursday 30th April. Each workshop £12 in advance. Contact Elizabeth Parker to book your place: lizzieitaly@hotmail.co.uk /  T. 07976090342.  .

Sunday 1st March, 10:00
Hawarden, Flintshire

From Robert Browning to Carol Ann Duffy, Patience Agbabi to Simon Armitage, many 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. Make your poems sing in new voices by joining this masterclass with Jonathan Edwards, whose second collection, Gen, features a host of voices, from cities to lions, historical figures to retail park trees. Drawing on the work of a range of poets, you will draft poems in a number of different voices. What would it be like to be an animal or an...

Tuesday 3rd March, 19:30
London

Come and hear four excellent poets -  Lynne Hjelmgaard, Chris Beckett, Jane Kirwan and Anne Stewart - read from their new collections. Local musician, Steve Halliwell, who has worked extensively with Roger McGough and Carol Ann Duffy, will provide music with a poetic lilt. There will also be six floor poets. Lynne Hjelmgaard's poetry is especially lyrical and structural, capturing her experiences of loss, love and the discovering of a new sense of place. She has published two collections with Seren, A Boat Called Annalise  in 2016 and last year, her latest collection, A Second Whisper, a...

Thursday 5th March, 19:30 to 21:00
Cardiff

First Thursday returns to Chapter for another monthly instalment of literature and poetry. This month we are joined by Rhiannon Hooson, author of The Other City (Seren 2016). She will read poems from her collection as well as new work.  As usual, Rhiannon's reading will be followed by our open mic.  Doors open 7:30pm, entry £3 on the door. 

Sunday 8th March, 14:15

In the final Border Crossings session of this festival, we feature two poets -  Lynne Hjelmgaard and Maja Lee Langvad -  who use poetry to explore themes of identity through an international lens. Lynne Hjelmgaard's poetry is especially lyrical and structural, capturing her experiences of loss, love and the discovering of a new sense of place. She has published two collections with Seren, A Boat Called Annalise  in 2016 and last year, her latest collection, A Second Whisper, a thoughtful and sensitive collection that reflects the changing identities of a woman: in motherhood, in widowhood, in...

Sunday 8th March, 15:00
Fishguard

A Welsh /Irish Sunday with facts, fictions and stunning photographs. Author and photographer Phil Cope will be talking about his latest book The Living Wells of Wales ( Seren, 2019) which takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales, from the Anglesey to Gwent. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere – on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells, cursing wells, and wells named for saints, Satan, witches, angels, fairies, friars, nuns, hermits, murderers and hangmen. Cope’s...

Saturday 14th March, 14:30
Carnforth

Join us for an intimate illustrated talk and book signing with television's Iolo Williams, as he shares stories and highlights from his fantastic new book Wild Places UK (Seren 2020). The UK is known for its natural beauty and its wildlife and in this new, lavishly illustrated book Iolo picks his favourite forty wildlife sites in the UK to demonstrate how they are all packed with the widest variety of trees, plants, birds, animals and insects. Price: £20 (£15 for RSPB members)Numbers are strictly limited and advance booking is essential. To secure your seat, pop into the reserve or call the...

Tuesday 17th March, 18:30
London

Wales and Islam: contact, coexistence and conflict in nine centuries of literature. Award-winning poet and critic Dr . Grahame Davies will be delivering a lecture on Wales and Islam to the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion ​showing the full and surprising story of the Welsh relationship with Islam. The lecture is based on the material of Grahame's 2011 Seren book, The Dragon and the Crescent, which examines nine hundred years of contact between Wales and the Muslim world. The discussion will be chaired by Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards. For further information visit: www.cymmrodorion.org

Thursday 19th March, 19:00
London

Seren poets, Lynne Hjelmgaard and  Andre Mangeot will be reading from their new collections. Lynne;s poetry is especially lyrical and structural, capturing her experiences of loss, love and the discovering of a new sense of place. She has published two collections with Seren, A Boat Called Annalise  in 2016 and last year, her latest collection, A Second Whisper, a thoughtful and sensitive collection that reflects the changing identities of a woman: in motherhood, in widowhood, in friendship and grief. André  has published two poetry collections,  two books of short stories and written three...