Seren Events

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

Monday 3rd October,
19:00 to 21:00

Paul Henry shares extracts from his long poem-in-progress, inspired by a stretch of the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal above Crickhowell. He’ll perform song adaptations of ‘The Glass Aisle’, composed with Stornoway singer-songwriter, Brian Briggs. The event will also include, from Boy Running, poems rooted in the surrounding landscape. Paul Henry is a leading UK poet. Based in Crickhowell and originally a songwriter, his most recent book, Boy Running, was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2016. A Writing Fellow at the University of South Wales, Paul has also presented programmes for...

The Immigration Handbook, Caroline Smith
Monday 3rd October, 19:00

It’s first Monday of Bristol Poetry Festival and a night of poetry and music to remember. Top Bristol poetry quartet 'The Spoke' is in deep purple mood  with new poems, new collaboration and a new venue. With stunning views over the water from Harbourside’s community venue at The Pavilion, Lizzie Parker, Paul Deaton, Claire Williamson and Bob Walton will present a selection of their latest poems of places, passions and people plus London-based guest poet Caroline Smith reading from her beautiful, deeply compassionate collection, The Immigration Handbook (Seren, 2016), and exciting music from...

Thursday 6th October,
18:30 to 20:30

Come and celebrate National Poetry Day, 6 October, at Berkhamsted Waterstones with an evening of poetry readings, featuring:  Caroline SmithAuthor of The Immigration Handbook, which weaves together stories heard every day in Smith’s work as an Immigration Caseworker Graham CliffordWhose debut, The Hitting Game, contains poems full of unexpected dramas and fresh enchantments that provoke as well as delight. Rosie ShepperdWhose debut collection, The Man at the Corner Table, crackles with the unexpected, tempting the reader with sensual evocations of food and place. Each poet will read from...

Thursday 6th October, 19:30

Seren’s monthly celebration of new poetry and fiction returns after the summer break. Join us at Chapter Arts, Cardiff, on National Poetry Day, Thursday 6th October for readings from our special guests and then the famous open mic. Cardiff poet and author Peter Finch presents: The Roots of Rock, from Cardiff to Mississippi and Back, and Jayne Joso reads from her new novel, set in the outskirts of tokyo: My Falling Down House. Please bring a maximum of one poem or one A4 page of prose if you wish to join in with the open mic. Tickets are £2.50 and redeemable upon purchase of a book.

Saturday 8th October, 19:30

Join us at the Penarth Literature Festival, where poet Tony Curtis will read from his newly released From the Fortunate Isles: New and Selected Poems. The event will be held at Waterloo Tea, Penarth on Saturday 8 October, 7:30pm (doors open at 7). Tickets available here.   About From the Fortunate Isles:Published in celebration of the poet’s 70th year, From the Fortunate Isles: New and Selected Poems features poems from ten of Curtis’ published collections, as well as a substantial number of new poems. This is a poet whose themes and variations remain consistent: a deep affection for his...

Saturday 15th October, 10:30 to Wednesday 26th October, 16:30

Come to The Poetry School, London, for a two-day poetry and visual art course taught by Tamar Yoseloff. About the course:Poets have long drawn inspiration from painters and sculptors; with the rise of a new generation of artists challenging traditional media, can we find in them a source for poems which push boundaries in a similar manner? Tamar will take participants into gallery spaces to engage with contemporary art and to encourage new poems in response. We will also look at parallels between the gallery as a space for exhibition and the page as a dynamic space for composition, and, based...

The Immigration Handbook, Caroline Smith
Saturday 15th October, 12:00

Poetry Reading with Caroline Smith and Neil Elder. The strikingly moving poems in Caroline Smith’s The Immigration Handbook (Seren 2016) are the fruit of the author’s career as an immigration caseworker for one of the most diverse inner-city areas in London. Neil Elder is another local poet who has won the Cinnamon Press Poetry Competition with Codes of Conduct, a collection of poetry that explores the gap between what we think we know about each other and what we actually know. Tickets to include a ploughman’s lunch will be just £8.00. Books will be £9.99 on the day and £4.99 on the day,...

Monday 17th October, 20:00 to Monday 12th December, 22:00

Join host Anne-Marie Fyfe at The Troubadour, London, for the fortnightly Coffee-House Autumn 2016 poetry readings, Mondays 8–10pm: Mon 17 Oct: Cornucopia: Scarlett Sabet, Paul Casey, Sue Boyle, John Greening, Afric Mcglinchey, Heidi Williamson, Angela Kirby & Michelle Cahill Mon 31 Oct: Troubadour International Poetry Prize: 2016 judges Jane Yeh & Glyn Maxwell read along with prizewinners including Abigail Parry, Kirtsen Irving, Barbara Barnes & many more Mon 14 Nov: Guest-Choice: Dom Bury introduces Jon Stone, Kate Wakeling, Rachel Long, Alex Mcdonald, & an eclectic set of up...

Monday 24th October, 00:00 to Friday 28th October, 00:00

Join Kim Moore (The Art of Falling) and poet Jennifer Copley for a residential poetry course in Grange-over-Sands where you will focus on how to write about the people and characters that surround you. You will draw on family history, random strangers and pure invention to write your own poems. You will look at how other poets have written about people using a variety of techniques to make an ordinary life into something extraordinary. This course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced poets.

Saturday 3rd December,
10:00 to 12:30

Paul Henry will be running a poetry workshop with the 'Young Writers Squad' at the Dylan Thomas Centre. For further details email or phone 01792 463980.