Seren Events Archive

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

07/10/2017 - 10:30 to 16:30
London

Would you love to give your poetry some much-needed oomph? Would you love to add glitz to your titles, an edge to your imagery and glitter to your subject matter? Would you love to take risks in your writing? Are you willing to consider excess, even ‘bad taste’? This one day workshop will consider flamboyance and exuberance, with a focus on the poetry of Peter Redgrove. No previous knowledge of Redgrove’s work is necessary. Come prepared to bang words, images and ideas together – and to write, a lot. The workshop is run by Katrina Naomi whose second poetry collection, The Way the Crocodile...

Celebrate new poetry and fiction at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre with October’s First Thursday event. Seren author Maria Donovan will read from her debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, a touching meditation on grieving, friendship and the meaning of family. Rebecca Parfitt will read poems from her debut collection, The Days After (Listen Softly London, 2017) and Susie Wild will also read new poetry. Susie is the author of two short story collections and a novella. Better Houses (Parthian, 2017) is her first poetry collection.  After our guest readers we will have the famous Open Mic, and...

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. Chaired by Professor of English and holder of the Emyr Humphreys Chair of Welsh Writing in English at Swansea University, M. Wynn Thomas, Menna Elfyn and Seren poets Rhian Edwards, Paul Henry,Robert Minhinnick and Jonathan Edwards read and discuss the poetry of ‘Swansea’s other poet’ before sharing their own new work. Admission is Free but ticketed: hwww.taliesinartscentre.co.uk In support of...

Martyn Crucefix
01/10/2017 - 10:00 to 19:00
London

Martyn Crucefix, whose latest collection The Lovely Disciples was published by Seren in July 2017, will be reading around 6.30pm at the Enfield Poem-a-thon,  a nine-hour feast of poetry. 60 sponsored poets will each read for 8 minutes in relay, starting with John Hegley and finishing with George Szirtes, who came to the UK as a Hungarian refugee at the age of eight. They are joined by other nationally known names, local writers from Enfield Poets, Palmers Green Poets and Palmers Green Stanza, plus children from Highfield Primary School. There will also be a cake stall, tombola and poetry book...

30/09/2017 - 10:00 to 11/03/2018 - 17:00
Cardiff

This exhibition celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru’s first gallery dedicated to photography. Throughout his career as a documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos, Hurn has been an avid collector of photography. Remarkably, he has amassed his private collection by swapping works with other photographers. The collection comprises approximately 700 photographs by leading 20th and 21st century photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Sergio Larrain, Bill Brandt, Martine Franck, Bruce...

Join acclaimed poet Paul Henry and Stornoway frontman Brian Briggs for a unique performance of music and poetry. Following a reading from his collections, The Brittle Sea (Seren 2010) and Boy Running (Seren 2015) Paul will be joined on stage by Brian as they perform their collaborative work, The Glass Aisle – a haunting piece which crosses the borders between poem and song lyric. Tickets are free but a free Curiosity Explorer Ticket will be needed. Visit the Carnival website for further details: www.ox.ac.uk/curiosity-carnival