Seren Events Archive

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

On Thursday 9 September, Zoë Brigley and Kristian Evans are joining Wenlock Books for their monthly Poetry Breakfast. As co-editors of 100 Poems to Save the Earth, they will be sharing a series of poems from the anthology. Guide price for the event is £5. Bring your own coffee and croissant! Please contact Anna Dreda to book your place info@wenlockbooks.co.uk.  For more information and to read a sample of poems, visit wenlockbooks.co.uk.

Grahame Davies will be taking part in a preview, talk and reading at the  with the artist Ian Rawlinson, one of the interviewees of Real Cambridge (Seren 2021) the latest volume in Seren's 'Real' psychogeography series, edited by Peter Finch.  'Marginal' is a new exhibition of Ian Rawlinson's work about his hometown, Cambridge, and is the seventh in a series inspired by place and memory.  His artworks are accompanied by text from Real Cambridge, and the event will feature the work of both contributors, including readings from the book.  

Author and photographer Phil Cope's book The Living Wells of Wales takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales, from  Anglesey to Gwent. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere – on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells, cursing wells, and wells named for saints, Satan, witches, angels, fairies, friars, nuns, hermits, murderers and hangmen. Cope’s atmospheric photographs are accompanied by folk tales, myths and legends, conversations with well-keepers and poems inspired by...

Jayne Joso reads from her novel From Seven to the Sea (Seren 2019) as part of the Words in the Woods programme at Between the Trees festival. The novel charts the survival of seven-year-old Esther as she sets out to sea each day in search of adventure and escape from her dysfunctional family and school. For further information and to buy tickets visit:  www.betweenthetrees.co.uk  

The Golden Valley: A Visual Biography of the Garw  is a personal account in words and photographs of the Garw where Phil Cope has lived for thirty-five years. In it he explores the valley’s history: sparsely worked agriculture; boom-town coal exploitation; sudden, followed by gentle, post-industrial decline; attempts at re-invigoration through heritage and leisure; and now, existing in a post-covid world. For further information and to buy tickets visit:  www.betweenthetrees.co.uk

Jayne Joso reads from her new collection of short fiction Japan Stories (Seren 2021) at Between the Trees festival in South Wales. Set in Japan, each story centres on a particular character – a sinister museum curator, a son caring for his dementia-struck father, a widow in the far north reflecting on her provincial life, a young woman who returns to haunt her killer. Together, these compelling narratives become a mosaic of life in contemporary Japan, its people, its society, its thinking, its character. Japan Stories provides a window into a country we would all love to know more deeply. For...