Seren Events Archive

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

Take inspiration from contemporary and traditional Japanese poetry, and try your hand at some translation. In this one-day workshop, Katrina Naomi will offer a range of writing exercises based on both contemporary Japanese poetry and traditional Japanese forms. We will read and respond to poetry from the 8th to the 21st century, much of it written by women, looking at the work of Kobayashi Issa, Noriko Ibaragi and Hiromi Ito, amongst others. We will also experiment with collaborative ways of writing and try some basic translation work (no knowledge of Japanese is required). Come prepared to...

08/06/2018 - 20:00

The Room at the Top /Penarth Acoustic Club presents U.S. blues maestro Woody Mann with spoken word support from Robert Walton whose poetry collection Sax Burglar Blues (Seren 2017) was described by Wales Arts Review as “a spectacular selection of poems…Walton truly beautifies what he sees. His work is a sosban of senses, spilling over with the sounds and sights of rural Wales”. Tickets: £10. Available on the door or online via, Also available in Griffin Books or Pencerdd Music in Penarth, and Spillers Records in Cardiff. For more information visit:

‘If you get the chance to hear her read then don’t miss it.’ – Wales Arts Review Poetry returns to Ewenny with Bridgend-based Emily Blewitt, one of the brightest young poets in Britain. Plus an open mic opportunity.  Friday 08 June, 7:30pm You are welcome to bring your own drinks, glasses provided.  Tickets £5, available from Ewenny Pottery: 01656 653020 / Helen: 01656 667047 / Allison: 01656 663878  

Join us for June’s First Thursday event for an evening of new poetry and fiction. Our special guests are Elizabeth Parker, who will read from her debut poetry collection In Her Shambles, and Christopher Meredith, with his newly published short story collection, Brief Lives. We will also be joined by Latvian poet Krišjānis Zeļģis who will read from his new collection, Beasts (Parthian). After the readings we will have the famous Open Mic. All are welcome to join in with a reading of one poem or one page of prose. Entry fee: £3 (redeemable against purchase of any book)  

This stunning long poem by Paul Henry with songs, set on a stretch of the Monmouthshire-Brecon canal, is brought to life in Brian Briggs’ clear tenor. The work breaks down the borders between the poem and the song lyric while offering a haunting elegy to the displaced. Two presences loom in the poem: Marconi, who conducted his experiments for radio on this particular part of the canal, and an old union workhouse, now converted into houses. Price: £7.00 Book now  

Brief Lives: Six Fictions by Christopher Meredith  (forthcoming from Seren, 2018)  takes the reader from the South China Sea in 1946 to a nameless place at the end of time, where the dead have risen. In between are stories in the new post-War South Wales, in which characters sense their aloneness while being a part of the larger world. The individual and community has been at the heart of much of Meredith’s prose and poetry, as it has been in British life over the past century, and it is his skill in creating characters whose brief lives the reader finds engaging that makes this book so...