Seren Events Archive

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

The Glass Aisle is an astonishing collaboration between two major talents in poetry and music: acclaimed songwriter and singer Brian Briggs, frontman of the Oxfordshire indie-folk band Stornoway, and poet, Paul Henry. The pair will perform their musical collaboration ‘The Glass Aisle’, a long poem with songs, inspired by the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, which is close to Henry’s home, and its associations with radio pioneer Marconi and an old union workhouse. With its songs composed ‘out of the poem’, and brought to life in Brian’s clear tenor, this work breaks down the borders between the...

After a summer break, Sustainable Wales’ ‘Green Room’ performance space recommences with a series of events.  On Friday, September 28, there will be a celebration of the Elvis festival in Porthcawl, with a welcome satirical look at ‘The King’. There will be Elvis Presley-themed films, and readings from Wales’ finest performance poet, Peter Finch. Peter will also be speaking about his recent book, The Roots of Rock, in which Elvis, of course, is featured. Leading Cardiff academic, Dr Daniel Evans, will discuss the ‘class’ element of the Elvis festival. Plus: there will be an open mic.  £4 (or...

In this, the centenary year of the ending of the First World War, Tony Curtis pays tribute to the memory of those who served and suffered in this most terrible of conflicts.  What connects a Pembrokeshire village, the First World War trenches, Australia, Kenya and Hollywood? Professor and prize-winning author Tony Curtis reveals all in a fascinating history of his family and the 1914-18 war. This illustrated talk draws on some of the great literary and art works of the period, as well as sharing remarkable family photographs. £7 Booking from 17 September on: 07398 362390    

Katrina Naomi is the host of Penzance Poetry Parlour, an occasional reading series with invited poets. This month Katrina has booked top poets Pascale Petit and Alyson Hallet. 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'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 are sure to...

You are invited to the premiere of a new choral work by Paul Mealor with words by Grahame Davies. 'The Souls of the Righteous' is a Requiem commissioned by the Chapel Royal of Scotland to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. The American premiere will take place in Carnegie Hall in New York on Armistice Day itself, November 11th.  Grahame  is a poet, novelist, editor and literary critic, who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. He is the author of 15 books in Welsh and English and his poetry has been translated into many languages. For further...

Poet Anne-Marie Fyfe presents readings, talk & music on writers and the sea, from great novelists, travel-writers & poets of the past – along with readings from the local writers who’ve taken part in her Edge of the Depths workshops. From the constant, recurring presence of the sea in her first five collections of poetry, to new work from her current writing/travel project combining poetry & prose memories, of growing up, of life by the sea in Cushendall, and of other coastal locations she’s experienced on her travels. With sea-music by Cahal Dallat (accordion/mandolin/flute)....