Seren Events Archive

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

For our final First Thursday of the year we’re delighted to be joined by poets Carolyn Jess-Cooke and Jeremy Dixon. Tickets are £2 (plus admin fee), available through Eventbrite here www.eventbrite.co.uk. Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s most recent collection We Have to Leave the Earth deftly interweaves the personal and the political. Climate change is confronted in a sequence about the Arctic; poems that are vividly descriptive of an extreme landscape, sensitive to the effects of global warming. A second sequence, The House of Rest, is a history in 9 poems of Josephine Butler, (1828-1906) a pioneering...

Join Grahame Davies for the London launch of his book Real Cambridge,  the latest in Seren's 'Real' series.  Cambridge: the right brain of Oxbridge, the composite capital city of Clever. For eight centuries, this quiet English seat of learning has been one half of history’s longest-running academic arms race. But behind the picture-postcard image of punts, Pimms and polymaths, is another Cambridge: the working East Anglian fenland community that gave us Pink Floyd, Association Football, the Society for Psychical Research, the Cambridge Folk Festival and more.  Poet and psychogeographer...

Author and freelance journalist Daniel Butler discusses his book The Owl House (Seren 2020), which explores the rich wildlife surrounding his home near Rhayader. Daniel has lived in the Cambrian Mountains near Rhayader for the past twenty-five years, specialising in rural and environmental issues. Daniel’s passion for keeping hawks was compounded by two wild birds, barn owls which nested at his farm and became increasingly tame and familiar with him and his family. The Owl House was published by Seren last year and charts his relationship with the birds and the rich wildlife surrounding his...

Join us on Zoom to hear Tony Curtis in conversation with Matthew Jarvis about his debut novel Darkness in the City of Light. Register for free through Eventbrite here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/203155191647. Please note: Registration for this event will close at 6:30pm on the 18th November. All attendees should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite 25 minutes before the start of the event containing the link. If you do not receive this email, or have trouble accessing the event on the night please email sarahjohnson@serenbooks.com directly. Captions will be provided by Otter.ai....

18/11/2021 - 19:00 to 21:00

In this online workshop with Elizabeth Parker, you will explore exciting poems and experiment with structure, form and language in your writing as you create new work. In this session you will investigate the effects of refrains, exploring examples of villanelle and creating poems that make use of the repeated line. Some students may wish to attempt a villanelle. Focus poems:Jonathan Edwards ‘The Death Of Doc Emmett Brown In Back To The Future’Elizabeth Bishop ‘One Art’ £12 for 1 two hour session. Please contact Elizabeth Parker to book your place in advance: lizzieitaly@hotmail.co.uk / 07976...

Company of Words is back with Cardiff Women's Aid for another fun open mic evening. This online event is for WOMEN, hosted by artist Alix Edwards and is is a chance to catch up with friends, share your work and hear the fabulous poetry of Elizabeth Parker. All women welcome to join!  Elizabeth's poetry has been published in various journals including Magma, The Interpreter’s House and Agenda. Her first full collection, In Her Shambles, was published by Seren in April 2018 and she is currently writing two novels based on her experiences of teaching Shakespeare to teenagers! If you would like...