Seren Events

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

Thursday 23rd April, 12:00 to Friday 31st July, 21:00

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry via Skype on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Jonathan Edwards, wherever you live. Booking now for dates up to the END OF JULY 2020. Jonathan runs one-hour sessions on a date and time suitable to you.​. During the call, you will have opportunities to discuss strategies for further developing your writing, problems you may be experiencing, and ways to take your work forward. The cost is £50 for Poetry Society Members, £60 for non members. For further information and to book visit   www.poetrysociety.org.uk or call Paul McGrane on 020...

Thursday 4th June, 19:30

This month we welcome Katherine Stansfield and Christina Thatcher to Virtual First Thursday to read from their new poetry collections, both of which have launched during lockdown. The evening will follow our usual format of two readings followed by an open mic.  In her second collection, We Could Be Anywhere by Now, Katherine Stansfield brings us poems about placement and displacement full of both wry comedy and uneasy tension. Stints in Wales, Italy and Canada, plus return trips to her native Cornwall all spark poems delighting in the off-key, the overheard, the comedy and pathos of everyday...

Thursday 11th June, 18:30

Join us to celebrate the launch of Katrina Naomi's new collection Wild Persistence live via the online platform Zoom.  Wild Persistence a confident and persuasive collection of poems. Written after a move from London to Cornwall, it considers distance and closeness, and questions how to live. Poet Katrina Naomi dissects ‘dualism’ and arrival, sex and dance, a trip to Japan. There is a strong section of poems about the aftermath of an attempted rape. Her voice is convincing and contemporary. The evening will open with Katrina giving a reading from the book followed by a Q&A. For details of...

Tuesday 16th June, 19:30

On Tuesday 16th June, we are delighted to be hosting the virtual launch of Rhian Edwards's highly anticipated second collection The Estate Agent's Daughter.  The Estate Agent’s Daughter is the eagerly awaited follow up to Rhian’s Wales Book of the Year-winning debut collection Clueless Dogs. Acute and wryly observed, the poems step forth with a confident tone, touching on the personal and the public, encapsulating a woman’s tribulations in the twenty-first century.  “...fast-talking, wise-cracking and worldly wise” – Zoë Brigley To join us on the night, please RSVP to sarahjohnson@serenbooks....

Sunday 5th July, 10:00 to 17:00
Brampton Bryan

Join us for a summer celebration of poetry  hosted by Aardvark Books.  The guest list is headed by Owen Sheers, Jonathan Edwards, Pauline Prior Pitt and Char March. Owen Sheer's first collection, The Blue Book (Seren, 2000), was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize Best First Collection and Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year 2001. Skirrid Hill, his second collection, won a Somerset Maugham Prize in 2006 and was longlisted for Welsh Book of the Year. Jonathan's latest collection Gen (Seren, 2018)  received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award.  His first collection, My...

Thursday 30th July, 19:30

On Thursday 30th July, Seren are delighted to host the virtual launch for Euron Griffith's new novel Miriam, Daniel and Me.  His first novel in English, it is a gripping story of relationships and simmering political unrest in 1960s Gwynedd, driven by love, jealousy and vendetta. Jon Gower will be leading the conversation with Euron on the night and actress Rakie Ayola will be performing readings from the book.  To register your interest and receive the details for the event, please email sarahjohnson@serenbooks.com. 

Monday 19th October, 12:00 to Saturday 24th October, 09:48
Cricieth

This masterclass is aimed at committed poets aiming to further develop their writing. The tutors are former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and Jonathan Edwards whose first collection, the Costa Prize winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), also received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, as did his second collection Gen (Seren 2018). The week will feature a group workshop each morning to prompt the creation of new poems, individual writing time, and free afternoons for writing or gaining inspiration from Tŷ Newydd’s beautiful surroundings. You will also...