Seren Events

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

Thursday 25th May, 10:00 to Sunday 4th June, 18:00

Come along to the Seren pop-up bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, which will be open for the duration of the Hay Festival – 25 May to 4 June. Meet the publishing team and browse our great selection of books: fiction, art, biography, poetry, history and more. We will have special offers running throughout. Wine & non-alcoholic refreshments will be available at reasonable prices so come along, have a glass of something nice and talk to us about your love of books. You’ll find the pop-up shop in Hay Castle’s Coach House, along the cobbled walkway. Open from 10am every day.  

Katrina Naomi
Monday 29th May, 16:30 to Saturday 3rd June, 12:00
Craven Arms

Do you keep writing the same poem over and over again? During this week we will experiment with form and content to provoke work that helps us escape our habitual idioms and find a fresh perspective. In a bid to shake things up, we’ll engage in some serious play, writing in response to music, art, dance and other poetries. There’ll be plenty of space to engage in collaborations with other writers or solitary writing, depending on what’s working for you. Come prepared to write as many new perspectives as your imagination can take. Tutors are Katrina Naomi and Jen Hadfield. Single room price: £...

Monday 29th May, 17:30

Four poets read from new collections in this poetry platform. Siobhán Campbell reads from her new collection Heat Signature. Emily Blewitt reads from her Forward-commended This is Not a Rescue. Rhiannon Hooson reads from her collection The Other City. Polly Atkin reads from Basic Nest Architecture.   Tickets available from the Hay Festival website.

Thursday 1st June, 19:30

Join us for June’s First Thursday, our monthly celebration of new poetry and fiction at Chapter, Cardiff. Guest readers are Emily Blewitt, whose debut poetry collection This Is Not A Rescue has just been published; Maggie Harris, author of new short story collection Writing on Water; and Kate Brown, with her glittering debut novel, The Women of Versailles. After the readings we will have our famous Open Mic, which you are welcome to join in with – please bring up to one poem or one A4 page of prose to read. Entry to the event is £2.50 (redeemable on purchase of any book).  

Friday 2nd June, 10:00 to Monday 5th June, 18:00

Poems after Poems will interest those who wish to explore how new poems can emerge from existing ones in the rich cultural and historical canon. We’ll be reading poems and borrowing a single image, form, metre or theme you find inspiring to create your own. We’ll also look at translating poems between Welsh and English and other languages. Working both independently and as a group, we’ll breathe new life into old poems, exploring how language changes. Whether you’re new to poetry or experienced in the art, this weekend course in Tŷ Newydd’s friendly, supportive environment will help you to...

Friday 2nd June, 19:00

Gwyn has edited a magnificent anthology of Contemporary Latin American Poetry, fabulously translated into English. The poems are at once exotic and other, yet recognisably drawing on a poetic tradition that includes Nobel prize-winners Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda. They conjure big landscapes and moments of tenderness, celebrate the individual but also engage with the politics of many repressive regimes in Latin and South America. He is joined for a reading by the Argentinian writer Andres Neuman and the Welsh poet Clare Potter. Tickets available on the Hay Festival website.    

Saturday 3rd June, 10:00

Hay Festival event A conversation about Gabriel García Márquez and Roberto Bolaño, two great, dead Latin American writers whose work has been read around the world, with three great contemporary writers: the Argentinian novelist Andres Neuman is joined by his Colombian colleague Carolina Sanin and the Mexican writer Juan Villoro. Richard Gwyn’s recent book, The Other Tiger, is a bilingual anthology of South and Latin American poetry. Buy your tickets on the Hay Festival website

Monday 5th June, 19:30

Katrina Naomi is the host of Penzance Poetry Parlour, an occasional reading series with invited poets which begins on 5th June. Katrina has booked top poets Jo Bell and Tania Hershman. There will be an informal Q&A after the readings plus cava and popcorn! Entry is by a minimum £5 donation (if you can afford more, then the poets will be paid more). Please arrive early, seats are limited. Katrina Naomi's collection The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren 2016)  is a heartfelt and tragi-comic portrayal of a fraught childhood and adolescence. The pointed, lively and always entertaining poems...

Friday 16th June, 18:30

Debates surrounding the issue of motherhood have hounded women’s writing for decades, and despite advances in feminism, equality, maternity leave and childcare, we are still asking female writers with children how they find time to write. Writing Motherhood is a unique anthology of interviews, poems, and essays which interrogates contemporary representations of motherhood in media and literature. With excerpts from Sharon Olds to Hollie McNish and specially commissioned pieces by a range of writers, this is a vital exploration of sexual politics, artistic creation, and parenting. Join editor ...

Monday 24th July, 16:00 to Saturday 29th July, 10:00

This four day course invites both new and experienced poets to develop their art within a friendly, supportive environment. A combination of workshops, readings and one-to-one tutorials will explore the craft and mystery of writing poetry. The value of learning from a broad range of poetic voices will underscore workshops partly inspired by the inner landscape of Memory and by the stunning dales surrounding the retreat. Tutorials will help you in the redrafting of your poems and in approaches to form. Above all else, ‘Writing Poetry’ will offer you precious time and space to enjoy refining...