Seren Events

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

Saturday 26th August, 08:30 to Sunday 15th October, 17:00

Part of the Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting, in partnership with Cyfarthfa Castle and Glasbury Arts, Redhouse, Merthyr, will be displaying the work of one of Wales's leading artists, Ken Elias. Born in 1944, into a working-class family in Glynneath, Elias's childhood was formed during the 1950s. He attended art school in the 1960s during the height of the Pop Art movement in the UK. His work is held in a number of public collections, including the National Museum of Wales, the National Library of Wales, the Arts Council of Wales, Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery and the...

Sunday 24th September, 14:00
Hemel Hempstead

A six-book event featuring Caroline Smith, Sue Hampton, Emma-Claire Sweeney, Leslie Tate and Sue Hampton.  Caroline's most recent collection The Immigration Handbook (Seren 2016) is the fruit of her career as an Immigration Caseworker for one of the most diverse inner-city areas in London. There will be interviews, readings, Q and A, live music by Minnie Birch and signed copies available of all six books. Entrance is Free!

Sunday 24th September, 17:00

For millennia, humans have looked to the night sky and wondered.  Wonder no more as Martin Griffiths shows off his stargazing expertise and his Celtic interpretation of the night sky.  He’ll share stories from his book Dark Land, Dark Skies, an engaging astronomical guide complete with star charts and other helpful materials for star gazing which reclaims the night sky for the Welsh peoples by repopulating it with the myths superseded by classical mythology, including figures from The Mabinogion. Tickets: £5.00/£3.00. For further information and to book visit the Festival website: www....

Thursday 28th September, 14:00 to 17:00

Be it the mass trespass, the right to roam or a walk in the landscape, Derbyshire poet Judy Brown will help you explore what freedom means for local people and places in your own poetry and inspired by museum objects in this event, organised by Buxton Museum. Judy's second book of poems, Crowd Sensations (2016), is a Poetry Book Society recommendation. This is a free workshop, but advanced booking is essential as places are limited. Book your place now. If you need to amend or cancel your booking before the event, please do so via Eventbrite.    

Bethany W. Pope
Thursday 28th September, 19:15 to 22:00

Pighog is back for the Autumn season starting with a Sestina & Sonnet Special. Featured poets are Bethany Pope, Robert Hamberger and Christina Thatcher. Bethany is an LBA winning author, and a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Awards, the Cinnamon Press Novel competition, and the Ink, Sweat and Tears poetry commission. Her debut novel, Masque (Seren 2016) is a richly gothic re-telling of Gaston Leroux's phantom of the opera.  The evening will also feature Plus the always popular Pighog Open Mic (2 minute slots each). Going for over ten years, Pighog is one of the longest-running live...

Friday 29th September, 20:50 to 21:20

Join acclaimed poet Paul Henry and Stornoway frontman Brian Briggs for a unique performance of music and poetry. Following a reading from his collections, The Brittle Sea (Seren 2010) and Boy Running (Seren 2015) Paul will be joined on stage by Brian as they perform their collaborative work, The Glass Aisle – a haunting piece which crosses the borders between poem and song lyric. Tickets are free but a free Curiosity Explorer Ticket will be needed. Visit the Carnival website for further details:

Monday 2nd October, 19:30

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Vernon Watkins Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers, has invited five award-winning Welsh poets to write a response to Watkins’s work. Chaired by Professor of English and holder of the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University, M. Wynn Thomas, Menna Elfyn and Seren poets Rhian Edwards, Paul Henry,Robert Minhinnick and Jonathan Edwards read and discuss the poetry of ‘Swansea’s other poet’ before sharing their own new work. Admission is Free but ticketed: In support of...

Thursday 5th October, 19:30

Celebrate new poetry and fiction at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre with October’s First Thursday event. Seren author Maria Donovan will read from her debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, a touching meditation on grieving, friendship and the meaning of family. Rebecca Parfitt will read poems from her debut collection, The Days After (Listen Softly London, 2017) and Susie Wild will also read new poetry. Susie is the author of two short story collections and a novella. Better Houses (Parthian, 2017) is her first poetry collection.  After our guest readers we will have the famous Open Mic, and...

Saturday 7th October, 10:30 to 16:30

Would you love to give your poetry some much-needed oomph? Would you love to add glitz to your titles, an edge to your imagery and glitter to your subject matter? Would you love to take risks in your writing? Are you willing to consider excess, even ‘bad taste’? This one day workshop will consider flamboyance and exuberance, with a focus on the poetry of Peter Redgrove. No previous knowledge of Redgrove’s work is necessary. Come prepared to bang words, images and ideas together – and to write, a lot. The workshop is run by Katrina Naomi whose second poetry collection, The Way the Crocodile...

Saturday 7th October, 14:00

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Vernon Watkins Swansea University’s Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers, has invited five award-winning Welsh poets to write a response to Watkins’s work. Join him and three of those poets, all published by Seren; Rhian Edwards, Robert Minhinnick and Jonathan Edwards as they read and discuss the poetry of ‘Swansea’s other poet’ before sharing their own new poems with the audience. Admission is Free but ticketed: Presented in association with Swansea University & Literature Wales.