Seren Events

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

Thursday 20th May, 18:00

In this event, Leigh Hendra (The Hours Bookshop & Cafe, Brecon) will chat with renowned Welsh writer, Chris Meredith live on Zoom. Email hello@bleddfacentre.org to register your free place. Chris will be reading from and discussing his new poetry collection Still and novel Please which were released simultaneously in April of this year. Find out more at bleddfacentre.org. Christopher Meredith is a novelist, poet and occasional translator from Welsh into English. Born and brought up in Tredegar, in south Wales, he worked as a steel worker, a teacher and a lecturer before turning his...

Thursday 20th May, 19:00
ONLINE

Join three experienced poets, Judy Brown, Heidi Williamson, Sue Burge, on their individual journeys across time and space in poems that explore landscape, loss and love. You’ll be transported through the cities and countryside of Russia, and visit London’s Royal Academy of Dancing as it experiences the impact of the AIDS epidemic. You’ll move through the stunningly beautiful yet intimately elegiac landscape of Central Scotland. You’ll stop in Hong Kong and journey to Grasmere and North Wales for metaphysical and playful inspiration. In a one hour reading you’ll be amazed how far you can...

Monday 24th May, 18:30

The Cymmrodorion have pleasure in inviting you to an online lecture by Grahame Davies, 'The Dragon and the Crescent: Nine centuries of Welsh encounters with Islam'.  Grahame examines a story of contact, coexistence and conflict between Wales and Islam across nine centuries of literature.  Drawing on the research for his book The Dragon and the Crescent (Seren 2011), he surveys writings by Welsh authors in both languages. Taking in a range of literature —from the Crusades to the present day — he provides a comprehensive literary commentary on social and cultural change. By means of memoirs,...

Thursday 27th May, 10:00
ONLINE

Rhythm is a crucial component in poetry and metre is a vital tool in the poet’s toolbox. And even if you don’t want to write in metre, understanding and hearing metre, enhances the writing and reading of poetry. Join Cath Drake to cover the foundations of poetic metre: the main kinds of metre, focusing in particular on accentual-syllabic metre (such as iambic pentameter). Learn how to scan a poem for its metre and hone your poet’s ear. We’ll also try our hand at writing in metre too. This is an introduction for those new to poetic metre or those who want a refresher. Numbers are limited to 14...

Sunday 13th June, 10:30 to Sunday 12th September, 10:30
ONLINE

 Join Cath Drake for a one hour, online, monthly poetry reading group or you can choose the longer reading and writing poetry session monthly. In the first part of the workshop we will tackle a theme each month with an inspiring batch of poems sent in advance. We'll look in depth at the poems, poets and poetic technique with expert guidance.  If you are interested in writing poetry as well, then after a 15mins break we write together and share our writing for 1.5 hours. Each week we will discuss approaches and techniques to writing poems, share our writing and you'll be given an assignment...

Monday 19th July, 13:00
ONLINE

Cheltenham Poetry Festival are delighted to host a reading by Elizabeth Parker and Frank McMahon plus open mic. There will be a number of two-minute open mic slots available, including a number of slots reserved for poets who have not read at a Cheltenham Poetry Festival open mic before. To sign up choose an open mic ticket.  Elizabeth Parker has won and been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the Bridport, Melita Hume, Troubadour International, and Gregory O’Donoghue awards. Her debut collection In Her Shambles (Seren 2018) was described as Wonderfully lucid and economical......

Tuesday 17th August, 11:00
ONLINE

The Cheltenham Poetry Festival is delighted to offer Free Verse – a free on-line monthly poetry workshop in which you will work with a different poet-tutor each month to craft new poems – and then receive feedback on your work. The topic is Poems For Change and you will explore impactful poems that deal with serious issues: pieces that will inspire you as you create poems that express our opinions and concerns.The August tutor is Elizabeth Parker who has won and been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the Bridport, Melita Hume, Troubadour International, and Gregory O’Donoghue awards...

Monday 13th September, 09:30 to Friday 17th September, 22:00

Join The Writing School Online for an exciting poetry-writing retreat you can access live, online from your own home. Take a week for yourself, 13th-17th September 2021, to experiment with poetry under the expert guidance of Costa Prize-winning poet Jonathan Edwards.  https://www.thewritingschool.co.uk/digital-writing-retreats