Seren Events Archive

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

Independent Voices: Poetry live from Caroline Smith, Ted Hughes Award shortlisted author of The Immigration Handbook (Seren 2016), Rory Waterman, author of Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate and whose new book is Sarajevo Roses, and Nicholas Murray, whose Swiftian verse satire A Dog’s Brexit also appeared this year. They are joined by readers Sarah Chatwin, Mark Unwin and Jean Woollard who will present some classic poems that challenge society with an independent voice. There will also be live music. Tickets: £5.00. To book visit the Festival website:

17/10/2017 - 19:00 to 21:32

Novelist Jayne Joso will discuss Japan’s deep affinity with nature, how this permeates traditional everyday life and culture, and how it pulses through the country’s art and literature. She will talk us through the insights she gained into Japan’s relationship with nature as one of a cycle of transmigration, as one that places the human in equal relation, and as one that is for forever fluid, dynamic and ultimately humbling. She will also describe how her experiences of living in rural Japan, pressed up hard against the elements, ultimately bled into her own fiction – most notably her recent...

Pay What You Decide. No ticket needed, just turn up. Includes an interval. Come and see emerging poets, whose work has been published in pamphlets or ‘chapbooks’, read their work and represent the independent presses who publish them as they battle for the title of ‘Chapbook Champion’. A fun dynamic contest hosted and judged by Festival Poet in Residence Daljit Nagra – and you the audience! Seren poet Yvonne Reddick will be reading from her poetry pamphlet, Translating Mountains.    

Saturday 7 October 2017, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pmThe Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX Join Jerwood/Arvon mentees Yvonne Reddick, Romalyn Ante, Seraphima Kennedy, and Alice Hiller for the launch of Translating Mountains (Seren) and Rice & Rain (V. Press) with special guest, Ella Frears. Praise for Translating Mountains:‘It’s impossible to read this collection without being moved’ – New Welsh Review ‘Reddick sets a sombre music behind the rawness of loss, like a glimpse of her mountains in the distance’ – PN Review Praise for Rice & Rain: ‘Romalyn Ante’s poems are exquisitely...

07/10/2017 - 19:30 to 21:00

Poets in Performance:  featuring readings from four award winning poets, two from the UK and two with Indian heritage living in the UK. They are Martyn Crucefix, Mona Arshi, Julian Stannard, Caroline Gilfillan and Rishi Dastidar. Martyn's latest collection, The Lovely Disciples, was published by Seren in July 2017. Books from all poets will be available for signing and selling on the night. Tickets: £11.00. For further informaiton and to book visit:    

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.