Seren Events

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

Wednesday 30th November, 14:00

Peter Finch, author of Walking Cardiff and Real Cardiff among many others, will discuss his latest book Edging the City. Peter is perhaps the foremost chronicler of Cardiff, past and present and his response to the 2020 lockdown restrictions confining people to their local authority area was to begin walking the boundary of his. This was in a mirror of his long walk along the south Wales coast recorded in Edging the Estuary. Edging the City explores (often literally) why and where borders exist, their purposes, legal and geopolitical reasons for their existence and  when politics crosses...

Wednesday 30th November, 19:00

As Margaret Atwood says: ‘ I think calling it climate change is rather limiting. I would rather call it everything change. ‘Time is running out. We need more healthy, creative and sustainable visions of our world, to look more deeply at our place in the world in this time of climate and environmental crisis. We must also care for ourselves and others, and envisage a more just world. Join Cath Drake, feature reader, Craig Santos Perez and a selection of poets from across the UK & Europe who will read their poems from The Climate of Change Poetry Challenge (workshop participants). Poets...

Thursday 1st December, 19:30 to 21:30
Chapter, Cardiff

Join us in person and online for the last First Thursday of 2022. This month we once again return to Chapter Arts Centre where we'll be joined by guest readers Christopher Meredith and Mari Ellis Dunning. When: Thursday 1st DecemberWhere: Media Point, 1st Floor, Chapter Arts Centre & via Facebook LiveTime: 7:30pm GMTTickets: £3 on the door As usual, our guest readers will read in the first half, after which the floor will be opened to attendees for our popular open mic. Those not able to attend in person can watch the main readings here via Facebook live

Sunday 4th December, 10:30

The second of two Poetry Workshops led by Cath Drake this Winter. How do poems lure you into their grip until you’re in much deeper than you imagined? They can make you believe in a whole world with its own rules where places, characters and things may seem impossible yet come across more real than anything.  In the first hour we’ll discuss an inspiring themed batch of poems and will look in depth at the poems and poetic techniques with expert guidance. Then, after a short break, we’ll write together inspired by the poems and share our writing. These workshops are designed to help you develop...

Tuesday 6th December, 19:00

Company of Words is teaming up with Sherman 5 for this in person literary Open Mic featuring guest the legendary Peter Finch, hosted by artist Alix Edwards. Share your poems, monologues, short scripts and prose in a warm, welcoming environment in the fabulous setting of the Sherman foyer.  Peter Finch is one of Wales most established poets, spoken word pioneers and travel writers. He specialises in books about Cardiff (check out his Real Cardiff series) but first and foremost he is a poet. His Collected Poems  in two 500 page volumes appeared in 2022. Recent books include Walking The Valleys...

Saturday 10th December, 16:00

Join author, poet and psychogeographer Peter Finch as he discusses his latest book, Walking the Valleys (Seren 2022) in which he undertakes fifteen walks around the south Wales Valleys, picking out features en route and providing interesting stories, historical and contemporary, about their past and present. His sharp eye and depth of research is illustrated by photographer John Briggs' images, some of which will be on display, in a lively guide to this famous region.  The event is free, for further information visit:

Saturday 28th January, 19:00

Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales 2008 – 2016 and Queen’s Gold Medal winner, will be reading with support from Jonathan Edwards and Rhian Edwards.There will be additional readings from some of Swansea’s best published poets: Natalie Ann Holborow, Emily Vanderploeg, Rebecca Lowe & Rae Howells. Jonathan Edwards work has appeared in a wide range of magazines, including Poetry Review, The North, Poetry Wales and New Welsh Review. His debut collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren 2014) was the winner of that year's Costa Poetry Award and his second collection Gen (Seren...

Monday 17th July, 10:00
The Garsdale Retreat

Taught by tutor Paul Henry, this popular course, will appeal to those keen to develop their poetry within a supportive, homely environment. Welcoming new and experienced poets, it will include a combination of writing workshops, readings and tutorials to focus on the creative choices we make as poets. As we write, we’ll consider the craft and mystery of poetry: the intuitive melding of form and subject; full- and half-rhyme, how traditional metres can enrichen free verse, the power of image and refrain …. Using a broad range of poetic voices and themes as stimulus, we’ll write out of memory...