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...

Thursday 21st November, 11:00 to Saturday 4th January, 16:30
Ynyshir

Acclaimed photographer David Hurn’s latest exhibition in Wales will present a series of images shot within a 25 mile radius of the Workers Gallery in the Rhondda valley between 1967 to the present, David became a member of the prestigious Magnum Agency in 1967, and during the seventies established the acclaimed School of Documentary Photography at Newport, Wales. Since leaving there he has photographed and taught around the world. He has published two books of photography for Seren, Writing the Picture (Seren 2010) and Living in Wales (Seren 2003).  Gallery open  Thursday, Friday &...

Thursday 5th December, 19:30
Cardiff

Join us for our monthly celebration of poetry and fiction at Chapter Arts Centre, this month featuring Tamar Yoseloff and Kate North.  In Kate North’s second collection The Way Out (Parthian) sharp observations of addiction, illness and loss rub shoulders with celebrations of the body.  Meanwhile Tamar Yoseloff's new collection The Black Place, is a dark, gorgeously multifaceted collection partially inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings of New Mexico landscapes.  Followed by the usual open mic. Entry £3. Please note we can only accept CASH payments for Kate North's collection The Way Out. 

Saturday 7th December, 09:30 to 17:30
Newport

SOLD OUT This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Jonathan Edwards, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work. Jonathan will be running several one-hour sessions at Cwtsh Arts Centre, Stow Hill, Newport NP20 4HA. £40 for Poetry Society members, £50 for non-...

Tuesday 10th December, 19:00
Ledbury

Hear Jonathan Edwards read at the Ledbury Poetry Salon in December. Jonathan's latest collection Gen was chosen as the People's Choice at the Wales Book of the Year Awards 2019. A book of lions and rock stars, street parties and servants, postmen and voices, Gen is exploration of youth and young manhood.  In the opening sequence, the author sets his own Valleys upbringing against the ’50s youth of his parents and the experience of a range of pop culture icons, including Kurt Cobain and Harry Houdini. These poems give way to a sequence of monologues and character sketches, giving us the lives...

Monday 16th December, 13:00 to 14:00
Cletwr

Iolo Williams will be at Cletwr signing copies of his new book Wild Places UK from 1-2pm on Monday 16th December. The follow up to the hugely popular Wild Places (Wales), Wild Places UK is Iolo's guide to his top 40 nature sites in the UK. From Hermaness on Shetland to the London Wetland Centre, from Dungeness in Kent to Loch Neagh, Williams criss-crosses the country. His list takes in coastal sites from marshes to towering cliffs – and distant islands – mountains, valleys, bogs, meadows, woods and land reclaimed from industry. These wild places vary in size from the vastness of The Wash to...

Saturday 25th January, 20:00
Mold

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: www.theatrclwyd.com

Sunday 23rd February, 18:00
Birmingham

Our 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...

Saturday 11th April, 13:15 to 16:45
Newport, Gwent

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Jonathan Edwards, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work. Jonathan will be running several one-hour sessions . £40 for Poetry Society members, £50 for non-members. Book online here or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420...

Saturday 11th April, 13:15 to 16:45
Newport, Gwent

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Jonathan Edwards, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work. Jonathan will be running several one-hour sessions . £40 for Poetry Society members, £50 for non-members. Book online here or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420...