Seren Events

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

Thursday 27th February, 19:00 to Thursday 30th April, 19:00

A series of poetry workshops taught by  Elizabeth Parker whose debut collection, In Her Shambles, was published by Seren in 2018. Explore exciting poems and experiment with structure, form and language in your writing as you create new work in the stimulating environment of the beautiful North Gallery. The two hour workshops will take place on Thursday 27th February, Thursday 26th March and Thursday 30th April. Each workshop £12 in advance. Contact Elizabeth Parker to book your place: /  T. 07976090342.  .

Monday 30th March, 15:00 to Saturday 4th April, 10:00
Sedbergh, Cumbria

This week long residential course is hosted by award-winning Welsh poet and musician Paul Henry. The course aims to help you develop your poetry by exploring how new poems can emerge from existing ones. Daily writing workshops will interpret “afterness” in its broadest sense and  In addition to morning workshops, individual tutorials will offer technical guidance in redrafting your work. You will write from a wide range of source poems, sharing new reading and reflecting on how writing “after” can enrich and lend authority to our art. Poems ‘after’ Poems welcomes both new and experienced...

Thursday 2nd April, 16:30

Music inspired by Nicholas Murray’s book Crossings: A Journey through Borders (Seren 2016) will be performed as part of the Celtic Rush Hour event at the  New Paths Music Festival in April.  Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Tales of the Invisible, for clarinet and strings, was premiered at the Presteigne Festival in 2019, receiving four stars in the Guardian. The piece takes inspiration from the border country of Mid Wales, and also explores other kinds of borders – between busyness and peace, sanity and madness, and night and day. Admission is free, no booking required. For further information visit: ...

Thursday 2nd April, 19:30

CANCELLED Celebrate new poetry and fiction at April's First Thursday at Chapter Arts centre, Cardiff. This month's event features Lynne Hjelmgaard reading from her latest poetry collection A Second Whisper (Seren 2019) and Mary J. Oliver who will read from her debut collection, Jim Neat: The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck (Seren 2019).  Doors open 7:30pm.  Followed by our usual open mic. Entry is £3 on the door. 

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...

Wednesday 13th May, 13:00

An illustrated celebration in new photographs and old tales of Wales' sacred springs, holy wells and spas. This talk by author and photographer Phil Cope, is based on his new book The Living Wells of Wales. Phil will take us through the contested histories of wellspring cultures, revealing what is so special about our nation’s watery sites and the key challenges they now face. In addition, it will share some of the most inspiring responses from individuals and organisations to the threat, finally revealing what these liminal places can still offer us in our dangerous world, riven by physical...

Monday 18th May, 00:00 to Friday 22nd May, 00:00
Cricieth, Gwynedd

This five day residential course is hosted by award-winning Welsh poet Paul Henry and singer-songwriter Brian Briggs – former frontman of indie-folk band Stornoway. Their collaboration, The Glass Aisle (Seren 2018), is a mesmerising collaboration of songs and poetry. On this course we’ll explore the borders between poems and song lyrics. Through group workshops and one-to-one tutorials, we’ll look at what poetry and songwriting can learn from each other, considering the influences of melody and rhythm. Turning poems into song lyrics and vice versa, we’ll explore how words behave differently...

Thursday 11th June, 18:30

Join us for the launch of Katrina Naomi's new collection Wild Persistence. This is Katrina's third collection and her first since she moved from London to Cornwall. Tickets are free on the door.

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...

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

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...