Seren Events Archive

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

30/05/2018 - 10:00 to 12:30
Hay on Wye

Walking from the Capel-y-Ffin chapel, the cultural historian Jonathan Miles talks about Try the Wilderness First: Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-Ffin (forthcoming from Seren, 2018) , looking at the landscape as inspiration for the artistic community based here. A member of the Brecon Beacons National park team will join the walk. The event will last 2 hours 30 mins. Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus that will take you to Capel-y-Ffin and return to Hay Festival by 12.30pm. Tickets £15.00. Only Friends of Hay Festival may buy tickets prior to public launch on Thursday 29 March....

Join us for an evening of words with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Naomi Kruger. Naomi will be reading from her debut novel, May. (Seren 2018). Jennifer will be reading from Kintu and also will be reading a story from her forthcoming collection. The readings will be followed by engaging discussion chaired by Yvonne Battle-Felton. There will also be refreshments and opportunities to have books signed. Order your free ticket here:

28/05/2018 - 20:30
Hay on Wye

The astronomer Martin Griffiths subverts conventional astronomical thought by eschewing the classical naming of constellations and investigating Welsh and Celtic naming. Ancient peoples around the world placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost behind the dominant use of classical cultural stories to name stars. In many cases it is a result of a literary culture displacing an oral culture. Griffiths has researched past use of Welsh heroes from the Mabinogion in the naming of constellations and his book, Dark Land, Dark Skies (Seren 2017), is...

How does the culture of our past shape and speak to the present? And how might a richer understanding of where we have come from help us discover where we're heading now? The novelist and playwright Barney Norris and the pianist, composer and broadcaster David Owen Norris explore these questions in The Wellspring (forthcoming from Seren, 2018)  a new book of interviews on music and cultural inheritance. Uniquely placed, as father and son artists, to engage with the question of how things are passed on, they meet at Hay to explore the way a life is formed by what has come before, and the way...

25/05/2018 - 19:00 to 20:30
Upton Cross

Enjoy poetry readings from Peter Finch and Liz Berry on the opening night of Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival. Liz Berry’s first book of poems, Black Country, (Chatto, 2014), was some debut – described by The Guardian as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ it was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Peter Finch is quite simply a bastion of British poetry over the past half-century. From 1966 – 1975 he edited and published the seminal Second Aeon magazine, ...

24/05/2018 - 14:00 to 15:00

Naomi Krüger, will present her debut novel, May (Seren 2018) which is about the complexities of memory and is partly narrated by a character with Dementia. May is a contemplative tale of what it means to carry the past with you and the power of letting it go. Entrance is free and no booking is required.