Seren Events Archive

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

07/09/2018 - 19:30 to 21:30

Main Reading with Judy Brown and Kayo Chingonyi. Judy Brown was a popular Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust in 2013 and makes a welcome return to Cumbria. Her most recent collection Crowd Sensations (Seren, 2016) is a highly original exploration of both city and rural landscape. Kayo Chingonyi’s debut collection Kumukanda (Chatto, 2017) is a compelling examination of identity and masculinity and the influence of grime music. Kayo is well-known for the energy and dynamism of his performances. Dove Cottage Young Poets Sophie Hansen and
 Em Humble will also be performing during this...

07/09/2018 - 18:30 to 19:30

Poems at The Park Hotel,  A brief literary history of one of Cardiff’s major landmarks with poet, author and critic Peter Finch. Peter is author of the hugely popular Real Cardiff  books, published by Seren and series editor for the 'Real' series. In his new book Real Cardiff The Flourishing City (Seren 2018), Peter tracks some of the creative outrages perpetrated in the name of literature at this 150-year old institution.  We’ll also hear a little about how, in an age of wind-power, the world’s greatest coal port has boomed again. Cardiff – as much a destination now as it is a place to live...

07/09/2018 - 14:00

Kendal Library host a reading from two Cumbrian poets, Polly Atkin and Kate Davis. Polly’s collection Basic Nest Architecture (Seren, 2017) weaves together poems which explore both the natural landscape and the landscape of the body and the impact of illness. Kate’s first collection The Girl Who Forgot How To Walk will be published by Penned In The Margins in 2018. It tells the story of a small child who falls into the sea and explores disability across a shifting landscape.  Free entry, maximum numbers 30.  Booking ahead advised. For further information and to book visit the Festival website...

03/09/2018 - 17:00 to 08/09/2018 - 10:00

Poetry Tutored Retreat with Jen Hadfield, William Letford and guest Katrina Naomi, whose second full collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, was published by Seren in 2016. Whether you consider yourself a beginner, or an experienced writer, Jen and Billy will be on hand to explore your poetry, offer support, motivation, and detailed advice through one-to-one tutorials. The rest of the week is yours – let Moniack Mhor’s inspiring landscape and homely atmosphere nourish your practice – whether you need time to focus, wander, read, dream. . . All poets with a work in progress are welcome....

03/09/2018 - 11:15 to 16:45

Judy Brown will be holding one hour Poetry Surgeries at the Poetry Cafe.  Judy's  first poetry collection, Loudness, was published by Seren in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best first Collection and the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize.. Her most recent collection, Crowd Sensations (Seren 2016), was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Second Collection Prize.  This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis Judy, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing...

02/09/2018 - 19:00

Ross Cogan will be running a workshop at Buzzwords, the monthly poetry reading and open mic night in Cheltenham. Followed by open mic and readings by Ross and also Alison Brackenbury. Ross Cogan's startling third collection, Bragr  is a reimagining of Norse mythology for our times and was published by Seren in July 2018. Tickets: £5 waged/£3 unwaged. For further information visit the Buzzwords website: