Seren Events

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

Saturday 25th January, 20:00

A reading from two of Wales’ finest poets. Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales 2008-2016 and Deryn Rees-Jones, a poet, editor and literary critic. Deryn has published eight collections of poems for Seren. Her selected poems, What It’s Like to Be Alive, was published in 2016 and was a PBS Special Commendation. Her latest collection, Erato, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was published earlier this year and has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Literary Prize. Price: £10 (£12 on the door). For further information and to book visit:

Saturday 1st February, 15:30 to 16:30
Hawarden, Flintshire

Join poet Jonathan Edwards as he reads from his warm, entertaining second collection, Gen, and discusses the importance of place in his poetry. Firmly rooted in the South Wales Valleys, the poems in the collection reflect on what it means to live in this area in the 21st Century. They offer us a world of closely-knit families and night clubs at chucking-out time, crowded retail parks and couples kissing beneath the neon sign of a pub. The collection is as adept at looking at Wales past as at Wales present, reflecting on significant moments in Welsh history such as the tragedy of Aberfan and...

Sunday 2nd February, 19:00

Jonathan Edwards will be running a workshop at Buzzwords, the monthly poetry reading and open mic night in Cheltenham. The workshop will be followed readings from Jonathan and an open mic. Jonathan's latest collection Gen (Seren, 2018)  received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award.  His first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award. . Start time 7pm for the workshop or 8pm for the poetry reading. Tickets: £5 waged/£3 unwaged. For further information visit: www.buzzwordspoetry....

Wednesday 5th February, 13:00
Shapwick, Somerset

Join television naturalist Iolo Williams and RSPB Ham Wall at The Pavilion at Shapwick, Somerset near to the RSPB Ham Wall Reserve, one of the sites featured in his new book Wild Places UK – UK’s Top 40 Nature Sites, (Seren 2020) for an informative talk and book signing. The UK is known for its natural beauty and its wildlife and in his 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. Tickets £22.  For further information and to book viist ​www....

Thursday 6th February, 19:30

First Thursday is back for 2020 and joining us on the 6th February is poet Philip Gross who will be reading some new material, as well as poems from his forthcoming Bloodaxe collection Between the Islands.  Doors open 7:30pm. Followed by our usual open mic. Entry is £3 on the door. 

Tuesday 11th February, 19:00

Do you want to discover more about poetry? Have you been looking for a place to perform your own poetry? Why not come along to a Ledbury Poetry Salon, which includes an Open Mic and Featured Poets reading and chatting about their work. This month's Featured Poet is Elizabeth Parker whose first full collection, In Her Shambles, was published by Seren in April 2018.  Elizabeth's poetry has been shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize and The Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize. She was a prizewinner in the 2016 Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Tickets: £5 on the door.​

Friday 14th February, 12:00 to Sunday 16th February, 21:00

The Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival returns for its third year, taking place for the first time in its new home the Temple of Peace. There is a wonderfully eclectic mix of events taking place over the three day winter weekend. There will be workshops for aspiring writers, and events featuring film, music, art and, of course, poetry from both established and new authors. Please, join us for a fabulous weekend of art, music, discussion, film and of course POETRY! View the full programme and buy your tickets at

Saturday 22nd February, 12:00

Take a walk on the wild side to explore the extraordinary power that animals can bring into your poems. Led by Jonathan Edwards, this course will celebrate and facilitate poems which come fluttering, roaring, snarling and crawling into our lives. Participants will explore different approaches, from description to monologue, narrative to the surreal, as a way of getting the energy of animals into our writing. The course takes place in Bristol which, in sites like The Wild Place Project and with its interesting urban wildlife, is a place with excellent access to the wild. There will be three...

Sunday 23rd February, 13:00 to 15:00

“So this is how we love – by these doodles”. So runs the definition of writing poems which appears in Glyn Maxwell’s wonderful book On Poetry. From Seamus Heaney’s Follower to Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture, many of the best and most emotive poems are written for and about those people the writers love. The workshop will begin with a close reading of Simon Armitage’s brilliant poem Not the Furniture Game, as a way of exploring how metaphor can be used effectively in character sketches. By working through a couple of different writing exercises and strategies, participants will work towards writing...

Sunday 23rd February, 18:00

The final headline event of the festival brings three vital poets together to read and talk about their work. Jonathan Edwards‘ latest collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), follows his acclaimed and Costa Book Award for Poetry winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren 2014). Deryn Rees-Jones‘ latest collection Erato (Seren, 2019) is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and follows her recent selected poems, What It’s Like to be Alive (Seren 2014). Mimi Khalvait‘s latest collection, Afterwardsness (Carcanet, 2019) follows previous gems such as The Meanest Flower, Child and The Weather Wheel, all...