Seren Events

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

Monday 27th May, 20:30
Hay-on-Wye

Seren throws a poetry party at the Hay Festival featuring four new collections from supremely talented poets. Costa Award-winning Jonathan Edwards reads from Gen, a book of sharp yet beautifully warm and humane poems. Catherine Fisher’s  first collection in twenty years The Bramble King, includes poems on imaginary planets and princes, on the summer solstice, on drawing, on a glass shop – and a clockwork crow.  Rhiannon Hooson’s beautifully resonant first collection The Other City was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. Elizabeth Parker’s In Her Shambles is a fantastic debut of spikey,...

Tuesday 28th May, 17:30
Hay on Wye

WALES: A TAPESTRY OF LITERATURE AND LANDSCAPE. Damian Walford Davies will be joined by Jon Anderson and Mary-Ann Constantine draw on the Literary Atlas project to explore the relationship between literature and landscape which has long fascinated writers, storytellers and readers. This is particularly evident in Wales, where the physical, fabled, industrial and social landscapes continue to influence the fiction that defines the country and its culture. Damian's latest book Docklands: A Ghost Story has just been published by Seren. Tickets: £8.00. For further information and to book visit the...

Tuesday 28th May, 20:30
Hay-on-Wye

A reading and discussion for an after-dark audience. Damian Walford Davies’ latest book Docklands (Seren 2019) is a ghost story told in fifty poems, set in Victorian Cardiff as an architect pursues his commission to level three terraces to make way for a new square. A painted medieval devil in a graveyard awakens unhallowed forces in Michelle Paver’s gothic thriller set in Edwardian Suffolk: Wakenhyrst.  Chaired by Tiffany Murray, author of Sugar Hall (Seren 2014). Tickets: £8.00. For further information and to book visit the Festival website: www.hayfestival.com

Wednesday 29th May, 14:30
Hay-on-Wye

Dylan Moore hosts this conversation about two extraordinary novels. In Jayne Joso’s latest novel From Seven to the Sea (Seren 2019) seven-year-old Esther must negotiate adult dysfunction, and a school environment that exposes her to further prejudice and injustice. The novel is a window onto the world of a child who rejects convention and expectation. Deborah Kay Davies’ Tirzah and the Prince of Crows is set in a remote valley in Wales in 1974. As sixteen year old Tirzah struggles against the confines of her community, juggling everyone’s expectations and trying to find her own way in the...

Thursday 30th May, 15:00
London

Bristol-based poet Elizabeth Parker will be showcasing her acclaimed debut collection, In Her Shambles (Seren 2018). Also performing will be Lantern Carrier, a charismatic regular on the London scene. Plus open-mic - sign up by 2.30pm.  £6/5 concessions. Open mic spots £4. For further information visit: www.dodomodernpoets.wordpress.com    

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

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
Cricieth

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...