Seren Events Archive

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

16/06/2017 - 18:30

Debates surrounding the issue of motherhood have hounded women’s writing for decades, and despite advances in feminism, equality, maternity leave and childcare, we are still asking female writers with children how they find time to write. Writing Motherhood is a unique anthology of interviews, poems, and essays which interrogates contemporary representations of motherhood in media and literature. With excerpts from Sharon Olds to Hollie McNish and specially commissioned pieces by a range of writers, this is a vital exploration of sexual politics, artistic creation, and parenting. Join editor ...

This panel showcases two important contemporary writers working in and out of Wales: novelist Alys Conran (shortlisted for the 2017 Dylan Thomas Prize) and Jonathan Edwards whose debut poetry collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren 2014) was winner of the Costa Prize for that year. Bringing together poetry and prose, readings and interviews, this event seeks to demonstrate something of the vibrancy of Wales’s post-Devolution Anglophone writing scene and to explore its emergence out of Welsh cultural, linguistic, and political contexts. Wales Studies scholar Professor Matthew Jarvis...

Join Costa Prize-winning poet Jonathan Edwards and Mike Jenkins at Hen & Chickens, Abergavenny, at 8pm for an evening of poetry readings. Tickets: £5Telephone: 01495 292271Email: Supported by Literature Wales   Jonathan Edwards is the author of My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), winner of the Costa Poetry Prize.  

05/06/2017 - 21:00

'Alchemy' Reading and Performance Series. Judy Brown is the featured performer followed by open mic, poetry, prose, music and mayhem.Judy's will be reading from her latest poetry collection, Crowd Sensations, (2016, Seren). Her first collection Loudness (2011) was shortlisted for both the Forward and Aldeburgh best first collection prizes, and she won the Manchester Poetry Prize in 2011. For further information about this event visit:

05/06/2017 - 19:30

Katrina Naomi is the host of Penzance Poetry Parlour, an occasional reading series with invited poets which begins on 5th June. Katrina has booked top poets Jo Bell and Tania Hershman. There will be an informal Q&A after the readings plus cava and popcorn! Entry is by a minimum £5 donation (if you can afford more, then the poets will be paid more). Please arrive early, seats are limited. Katrina Naomi's collection The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren 2016)  is a heartfelt and tragi-comic portrayal of a fraught childhood and adolescence. The pointed, lively and always entertaining poems...

Hay Festival event A conversation about Gabriel García Márquez and Roberto Bolaño, two great, dead Latin American writers whose work has been read around the world, with three great contemporary writers: the Argentinian novelist Andres Neuman is joined by his Colombian colleague Carolina Sanin and the Mexican writer Juan Villoro. Richard Gwyn’s recent book, The Other Tiger, is a bilingual anthology of South and Latin American poetry. Buy your tickets on the Hay Festival website