Seren Events

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

Thursday 3rd October, 10:00 to Thursday 12th December, 18:00

In ‘Pied Beauty,’ Gerard Manley Hopkins insists we celebrate ‘all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.’ Yet the truth is that for most poets the day job is a chore, a necessary evil which stands between us and a day writing poems, but also pays for our writing time. There are a number of exciting ways in which poets have written about work, and this course will draw on their approaches to help generate new poems. Firstly, there are the voices of working-class poets like Geoff Hattersley and Fred Voss, in touch with the routines of the shop floor and the rage of class identity. For other...

Tuesday 22nd October, 20:00

Katherine Stansfield will be reading alongside Frank Olding and John Jones at this monthly poetry happening organised by Ric Hool. Entry: £5 on the door  

Saturday 26th October, 19:30

Gale Burns and Chris Beckett are proud to present Mimi Khalvati, with her new book, and Deryn Rees-Jones, multi-award winning poet and editor of Pavilion Poetry. Deryn's most recent collection, Erato  is her eighth for Seren and was published earlier this year. Tickets £7/5 low income. For more information and to book visit: 

Saturday 2nd November, 19:00

Mary J. Oliver and Lynne Hjelmgaard read from their new books Jim Neat and A Second Whisper at Broc Mor shop in Aberystwyth. They will be joined by local poet Chris Armstrong reading from his collection Mostly Welsh.

Sunday 3rd November, 15:00

Maria Donovan and Rosanna Ley join Gail Aldwin on this panel session to share their experiences of writing about place in fiction. Maria Donovan draws on memory, observation and imagination to create a sense of place and her debut novel: The Chicken Soup Murder (Seren 2017) is set in a fictional version of her home town Bridport.  Location is integral to all Rosanna Ley’s books whose settings include West Dorset and Cornwall as well as abroad. Gail Aldwin is Chair of the Dorset Writers Network and her latest work of fiction: The String Games is a coming of age novel set in England and France...

Monday 4th November, 10:00
Hebden Bridge

Deryn Rees-Jones, Sasha Dugdale and Mark Ford are the tutors on this course for experienced poets who wish to advance their writing through the careful reading of other poets’ work. Over the week you will be exposed to a wide range of international and British work and we’ll look together at how you can use this work to develop your own poetics, themes and concerns. There will also be opportunities to focus on assembling a volume for publication and the final editing processes. The course is held in the wonderful setting of Lumb Bank. The house stands in 20 acres of steep woodland and has a...

Thursday 7th November, 18:00

Join Christopher Meredith at Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop in Machynlleth for readings from his short story collection Brief Lives. More details coming soon. 

Thursday 7th November, 19:00

Mary J. Oliver and playwright, poet and storyteller Anna Murphy join Katrina Naomi for the Penzance Poetry Parlour. Doors open at 7pm, readings start at 7:30. Plus popcorn, cava and a Q & A.  Tickets: £6 on the door

Monday 11th November, 19:00

Join us at The Poetry Cafe in London for the official launch of Jim Neat by Mary J. Oliver and A Second Whisper by Lynne Hjelmgaard.  An evening of readings from both new books, followed by a Q & A chaired by Amy Wack.  More details coming soon.   About the books Jim Neat is an unusual and striking coalescing of prose, poetry, found documents and photographs. It ranges across the history of 20th century England and Canada as she uncovers the life of her father, Jim Neat (b. 1904). She adopts a legal structure, making ‘the case’ for the worth of Jim’s life in a fascinating memoir of a...

Thursday 28th November, 19:00

Paul Deaton will be reading at Exeter’s poetry platform 'Uncut Poets'. Paul's work appears regularly in The Spectator and is featured in various magazines and anthologies including PN Review, The London Magazine. His collection A Watchful Astronomy (Seren 2017) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Also reading will be Veronica Aaronson. Admission: £5/£3. For further information and to book visit: