Seren Events

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

Kim Moore
Thursday 2nd June, 19:00 to Thursday 7th July, 19:00

How has our concept of work changed, and how have contemporary poets tackled it? Using Philip Levine’s beautiful poem ‘What Work Is’ as the touchstone, the course will set off exploring this question to expand our definition of what work is or can be, looking at how poets have written about work and writing poetry about this thing that we will spend, on average 90,000 hours of our lives doing. After the popularity of this online course last term, we are delighted to offer it as a face-to-face course, studying with Kim Moore to create your own ‘poetics of work’. 5 fortnightly sessions over 10...

Thursday 2nd June,
19:30 to 21:30

June's First Thursday is an evening dedicated to Poetry Wales magazine. This particular issue is on the theme of 'Desire'. Editor Nia Davies will introduce a number of the poets reading this evening: Emily Blewitt, Rhys Trimble, Suze de Lee, and Tamara Dellutri. After the readings we will have our famous open mic, and all guests are invited to sign up on the night to read up to one A4 sheet of poetry or prose.  

Saturday 11th June,
11:00 to 17:00

Poetry meets Science in the Poets' House for a day of discussion, readings and open mic at St Hilda's College, Oxford. Speakers/ readers:                               Tony Curtis                               Sam Guglani                               Jenny Lewis                               Lesley Saunders                               Sarah Watkinson   Book your tickets now

Saturday 11th June, 16:00

Grahame Davies will be reading at the Kathleen Raine Poetry Celebration along with Snowdon Barnett, Gawain Douglas, Jeremy Reed and Fiona Sampson. The MC is James Harpur and the event is organised by the Temenos Academy. Price: £10 / £6 concessions (includes light refreshments). Contact: Tel: 01233 813663.

Tuesday 14th June, 15:30

Join Carol Rumens for the launch of her latest poetry collection, Animal People. at Canvas & Cream, Forest Hill. Free event, all welcome. rsvp

Peter Finch, The Roots of Rock
Saturday 2nd July, 11:00

Peter Finch will be reading at Literature on the Lawn, Caerleon Festival. For further information check the festival website:

Grahame Davies
Wednesday 13th July, 17:00

Grahame Davies will be giving the opening keynote address at the plenary session of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter.   He will be speaking about the relationship between Wales and Islam as revealed in the research for his book The Dragon and the Crescent. For further information visit:

Grahame Davies
Thursday 14th July, 17:58
New Romney

A new choral work with music by Paul Mealor and words by Grahame Davies will be performed at the JAM on the Marsh festival at New Romney in Kent. The Shadows of War was commissioned to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme. The Shadows of War will also be performed at the Welsh Proms in St David’s Hall in Cardiff on July 19th.

Monday 1st August, 00:00 to Saturday 6th August, 00:00

Join Jonathan Edwards, Patience Agbabi and guest reader Kim Moore at Tŷ Newydd for a poetry course designed to help you explore the skill of writing poems about people. About the course:From Seamus Heaney’s ‘Follower’ to Dylan Thomas’ ‘The Hunchback in the Park,’ from the monologues of Carol Ann Duffy to the marriage poems of Thomas Hardy, many of the best poems are written about people. This course will look at different ways of writing about people, from the character sketch to the monologue, encouraging you to think carefully about voice as well as description and observation. You will...

Tuesday 16th August, 15:00 to Friday 19th August, 12:00

Poetry Carousel, August 16th - 19th, Abbot Hall Hotel, Kents Bank, Grange-Over-Sands £330 Includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, three-course evening meal and all workshops and readings During the Poetry Carousel, each participant will take part in a two hour workshop with each tutor.  In the evenings there will be poetry readings from the tutors and invited guest poets.  Workshop groups will be limited to a maximum of ten participants, creating an intimate atmosphere in the workshops, and a festival atmosphere in the evening, when we come together for dinner and readings.  The four tutors...