Seren Events

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

Wednesday 23rd January, 20:00

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY BOOKED FOR 30TH JANUARY BUT HAS NOW BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 23RD JANUARY. TV wildlife presenter Iolo Williams, author of Wild Places: Wales’ Top 40 Nature Sites, describes with humour and wit the adventures he had and the people he met as a Species Officer for the RSPB –from a farmer who held an egg collector over a 40-foot cliff to the oystercatcher who held up Prince Charles’ train. An informative and entertaining talk which describes not only his wildlife adventures but also the threats our wildlife faces today. A must see for the whole family. Find out...

Thursday 24th January, 19:00 to Thursday 28th March, 21:00

Expand your voice with the thoughts, lives and feelings of others ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’– Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird From Robert Browning to Carol Ann Duffy, Patience Agbabi to Simon Armitage, a number of writers have explored the joy of how writing from the point of view of someone – or something – else can free the creative shackles and unleash poems of great power. In this online course, Costa Award-winning poet will help you will explore a range of things that...

Sunday 27th January, 10:00 to Sunday 17th March, 17:00

The 2019 programme at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw willl start with a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of Jonah Jones. Jonah Jones (17 February 1919 – 29 November 2004) was born Leonard Jones near Wardley, Tyne and Wear in the North East of England, but became known as a Welsh sculptor, artist-craftsman and writer. His father had been a coalminer before being invalided in the First World War; the family endured considerable poverty through the 1920s and 1930s. Registering in the Second World War as a conscientious objector, Jonah Jones at first worked in forestry, but later enlisted in...

Thursday 7th February, 19:30

First Thursday returns for February with a Mufran event, featuring poets Lesley Saunders and Philip Gross. First Thursday is a monthly celebration of new poetry and fiction held at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre. For February’s event, Lesley Saunders and Philip Gross will perform pieces from A Part of the Main (Mulfran Press), a new booklet-length poetic ‘conversation’ between two of Britain's most renowned poets. Issues of nationhood, migration, the threats to nature all arise with allusions back to Shakespeare's Caliban, Greek myth and legend and forward to a world threatened by climate...

Friday 8th February, 18:00 to Sunday 10th February, 15:00

The Seren Cornerstone Poetry Festival returns for 2019 with an eclectic and wonderful mix of poetry, film, art and music. Taking place in the beautiful Cornerstone building on Charles Street, this winter weekend of events will showcase both new and established voices. Highlights include:Owen Sheers’ ‘To Provide All People’Robert Minhinnick & Menna Elfyn: Traitor Translator?Generations: Afternoon Tea with Jonathan Edwards, Christopher Meredith & Archbishop George Stack‘How BAME are you?’ hosted by Hanan Issa See the full programme of events on the festival website. Early bird tickets...

Sunday 10th February, 11:30

Sunday Lunch with Mslexia Magazine: Poetry Pamphlet prizewinners. Mslexia Editor (and novelist) Debbie Taylor joins Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack in this celebration of seven years of pamphlet prize winners: with Seren poet Polly Atkin, Cath Drake, Mara Bergman, Ilse Pedler, Yvonne Reddick, Bryony Littlefair. Special guest is Seren poet and singer-songwriter Rhian Edwards.  Poetry readings, music, full three course Sunday Lunch.  (Vegetarian options). Price: £25.  Advance booking essential. For more information and to book visit the Festival website:

Friday 8th March, 10:00
St. Andrews

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Another Place. Enjoy your breakfast sunny side up at the festival’s Poetry Café. Our breakfast discussion events offer a relaxed start to the day with a group of poets and other festival participants exploring this year’s festival themes over coffee and pastries. Fiona Moore is guest chair for this panel discussion. She will be joined by poets Polly Atkin, whose debut collection Basic Nest Architecture was published by Seren in 2017. Also on the panel will be Alice Tarbuck, Jon Plunkett and Harry Giles. Tickets: £4.75/£3.75. For further information and to book...

Friday 22nd March, 10:37

Paul Deaton will be appearing at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival with ​Julie-ann Rowell & Ronnie Aaronson. Paul's collection A Watchful Astronomy (Seren 2017) is a Poetry Book Society recommendation.  

Monday 15th July, 14:00 to Saturday 20th July, 12:00

This course, led by Jonathan Edwards and Patience Agbabai,  will engage with the idea of poetry as play, exploring the joy of messing about with the shape and noise of language, and the seriously great directions this method can lead a poem. Workshops will explore a range of approaches, from the monologue to traditional forms, from the surreal to the love poem. We will draw inspiration from classical myth and from popular culture to create poems that vibrate on and off the page. Individual tutorials will be tailored closely to each participants’ needs, to ensure that whatever your experience...

Monday 19th August, 21:16 to Saturday 24th August, 21:16

Led by Deryn Rees-Jones and Katrina Naomi, This course will draw on a range of examples from contemporary poetry that could assist us to develop our own writing, as well as consider various ways in which we might respond to political circumstance, both with reference to the wider world and with issues that affect us directly. As we address the ongoing challenges of continuing to develop our personal poetics there will also be opportunities to think about the processes involved in assembling poetic sequences and gathering poems into a full-length collection. Deryn Rees-Jones is a poet, editor...