Seren Events

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

Tuesday 18th June, 18:30

Martyn Crucefix has won numerous prizes including a major Eric Gregory award and a Hawthornden Fellowship. He has published seven collections of poetry, most recently The Lovely Disciplines (Seren 2017) and tonight will be reading new work. Also reading will be Hilary Davies. Poets from the floor very welcome. Admission: £5/£4. All money raised goes towards cold weather shelters for the homeless. For futher information visit:

Saturday 22nd June, 17:30 to 18:30

On Saturday 22nd June, Ross Cogan will be reading from his collection Bragr (Seren 2018) at the Old Norse Poetry in Performance conference 2019.   About the conference: Old Norse Poetry in Performance (ONPiP) is an interdisciplinary project which aims to bring together literary scholars, actors and dramaturgs to explore the dramatic potential in the Old Norse-Icelandic poetic corpus. Triennial conferences, hosted at the University of Oxford, stretch across two days and focus on an array of themes pertaining to both eddic and skaldic poetry. Integral to the structure of each conference are...

Sunday 23rd June, 19:30

As always, we'll be ending the festival with a fantastic poetry showcase with readings from Emily Cotterill, Jonathan Edwards, Ruth Sharman plus a musical interlude from Adrian Lewis. It'll all be chaired by the wonderful Stephen Payne. Authors: Emily Cotterill is a Cardiff-based poet originally from Alfreton, Derbyshire. Her debut pamphlet The Day of the Flying Ants is about growing up, leaving home and how the places we are from affect the people we become. It will be published in May 2019 by smith|doorstop as a part of the Laureate's Choice series selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Jonathan...

Thursday 27th June, 10:00

Open Eye Gallery is delighted to host Deryn Rees-Jones’ launch of her fifth poetry collection, Erato (Seren 2019) , a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Named after the muse of love and lyric poetry, Erato combines documentary-style prose narratives with poems to explore the relationship between the private and the public, and the role of poetry in an increasingly hostile world. Refreshments will be available throughout with a book signing and musical performance by Alex Costello on double bass. Admission is free and all are welcome. For further information visit:

Sunday 7th July, 10:30 to 17:00
Brampton Bryan, Bucknell

Join us for a feast of poetry from 10.30-5pm at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan, with poets Jonathan Edwards, (Costa Poetry Winner 2014), Paul Henry, Pauline Prior-Pitt, and very special guest Gillian Clarke, former National Poet of Wales, and founder of Ty Newydd. There will also be an abundance of poetic activities, including interviews, conversation with Jenny Swann and Deborah Alma, and appearances by Jean Atkin, Thirza Clout, poetry prescriptions by the Emergency Poet, and more. The day is curated by Anna Dreda, of Wenlock Books, founder of Wenlock Poetry Festival, with her trademark...

Tuesday 9th July, 22:00

On Tuesday 9th July, Peter J. Conradi will appear on a special episode of Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3 discussing Iris Murdoch and The Sovereignty of Good. Listen on the day from 10pm.

Friday 12th July, 19:30 to 21:30

Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards’s first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. It was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen, was published by Seren in 2018. He has read his poems on BBC radio and television, recorded them for the Poetry Archive, and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. He lives in Crosskeys, South Wales, and works as a teacher.   Zoë Brigley Thompson Zoë Brigley Thompson, originally from Maesteg in Wales,...

Sunday 14th July, 16:00

On Sunday 14th July Peter J. Conradi will appear on the panel of BBC Radio 4's Open Book for a special episode discussing Iris Murdoch on the eve of her centenary. Listen from 4pm.

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 15th July, 19:00

On Monday 15th July, Peter J. Conradi will be giving an after dinner address at the Iris Murdoch Centenary Conference, St Anne's College, Oxford. The conference marks the centenary of Dame Iris Murdoch, ones of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers and writers. If you are interested in attending the two day conference, please contact Mile Leeson, Director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre, at    2019 marks the centenary of the one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers and writers, Iris Murdoch. Born on the 15th July 1919, she would go on to have a long and...