Seren Events Archive

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

03/12/2020 - 19:30

For our last First Thursday of the year we'll be joined by Adnan Al-Sayegh and Jenny Lewis reading poetry from Let Me Tell You What I Saw and Peter Benson reading from his new novel The Stromness Dinner. We'll host our usual open mic following the readings which you can sign up to by emailing sarahjohnson@serenbooks.com. Tickets are £2.74 (incl. admin fee) available via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/129485662101. Details of how to join will be included in your confirmation email.  We hope you can join us (festive themed readings/outfits welcome)! About the books: Let Me Tell You...

Join tutors Judy Brown and Angela Cleland for an online creative workshop focused on writing new science fiction poetry. What poems exist in the future or conditional tense? Can you write the rules for another world? If the moon and stars are dead poetic symbols, how can writers use them? What about all that other stuff hanging around in space’s empty spaces? In this three hour zoom workshop, we’ll ask what if? We’ll use science fiction as a prism through which to examine our past, present and future concerns. We’ll take inspiration from the science fiction poems that are already out there,...

In his new book The Owl House Daniel Butler explores mid-Wales in a journey that begins with a pair of barn owls which nested in the barn of his ancient farm house near Rhayader. He develops a unique relationship with the birds that becomes the starting point for an exploration of how the landscape around his home – and further afield – has altered over the years, and with it the fortunes of all kinds of wildlife, in particular those of birds. Touching on key themes like reintroduction, farming, and weather, it is a book for nature lovers of all kinds that comes at a time when our...

Join us for the virtual launch of Lucy Gannon's childhood memoir The Amazingly Astonishing Story, a frank and surprising look into a child's tumultuous mind.  A soldier’s daughter, Lucy lived in many places but after the death of her mother when Lucy was six, she was lodged with relatives in Lancashire, taken in only because the Army paid an allowance for her care. Escape beckoned when her father remarried but Lucy and her brothers soon found they had swapped one difficult situation for another. The boys fled into the armed forces leaving Lucy behind, a loathed gooseberry in her father’s...

Katherine Stansfield joins Emma Hammond, Lorraine Mariner and Luke Samuel Yates for an event called 'The Human Comedy' as part of Poetry in Aldeburgh online.  The Human Comedy Playing with the currency of language, join us to shake a fist and a leg at life. Embracing the surreal, the bewildering and the nonsensical, four poets jostle and jest with modern life. Whilst Katherine Stansfield queries and pokes fun at power structures through language, Emma Hammond takes us on ‘text adventure games’ belying the intrinsic weirdness of the everyday. Lorraine Mariner seduces us with her lingering...

14/11/2020 - 15:00 to 16:00

André Mangeot joins Clare Crowther, Mina Gorji and Rebecca Watts for a reading called 'The World Around Us' as part of the online Poetry in Aldeburgh festival.  The World Around Us​ In perceiving the world around us, how do we reconcile what we see and encounter with our understanding, our feelings and our beliefs? Rebecca Watts’ poems describe ‘a world of contingency, both fragile and beguiling’ ‘Formally elegant and precise, Watts's lyrical voice is vividly lit, and richly evocative. Red Gloves is a deeply moving collection, profound and insightful: a true tonic for these superficial,...