Seren Events Archive

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

31/08/2018 - 17:00 to 01/09/2018 - 13:30
Merthyr Mawr

Between the Trees is a unique festival in South Wales with a brilliant mix of live music, art, science and nature in the middle of the woods! Join Martin Griffiths for an astronomy talk with a difference. Martin will draw from his book Dark Land, Dark Skies, which reclaims the night sky for the Welsh people by repopulating the constellations with figures from the Mabinogion and other Celtic myths and legends. His talk will teach you about how ancient peoples may have interpreted the stars and their meanings, and show you how to identify the constellations yourself.  Talks will be held in the...

Over the past year, the painter Matthew Wood has produced an extraordinary series of images of the old churches of mid-Wales in response to the book Wales’ Best One Hundred Churches (Seren 2007) by T.J.Hughes. The exhbition, A Sense of Place, is a painterly depiction of this inspiring and evocative subject. Focusing on the Mid Wales section of the book, Matthew Wood has produced each painting on location and in one sitting. His work makes a powerful addition to the long history of aesthetic and spiritual responses to the land and culture of Wales – responses of which the churches themselves...

19/08/2018 - 14:00 to 16:00

Octavo's welcomes you to the Sunday Sessions - music and poetry every other Sunday. This week featuring Elizabeth Parker, a talented young poet, whose first full collection of poems In Her Shambles was published by Seren in April 2018.  For further information visit:

16/08/2018 - 09:00 to 19/08/2018 - 23:00

SOLD OUT!!! The Glass Aisle is a mesmerising collaboration of songs and poetry by singer-songwriter Brian Briggs – former frontman of indie-folk band Stornoway – and award-winning Welsh poet Paul Henry. Set on the Monmouthshire-Brecon canal, Brian’s pure tenor voice and Paul’s lyrics transport the listener deep into a frozen landscape on the cusp of spring. It is a piece filled with presences, including poacher-fisherman John Moonlight, inventor and engineer Marconi – who conducted his experiments for radio on the canal – and an old union workhouse, now converted into houses. The Glass Aisle ...

13/08/2018 - 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 with Judy, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be...

06/08/2018 - 16:00 to 11/08/2018 - 10:00

Join Rhian Edwards and guest tutor Polly Atkin for this wonderful course in this amazing Yorkshire Dales setting: Character Portraits – Escaping the Ego will focus upon constructing and depicting characters and personalities in poetry, using friends, family, lovers and strangers, objects and emotions, and most fundamentally, writing in the second and third person. This will inject verve and versatility into your writing, while sidestepping the inevitable trappings of purely autobiographical verse.  Hamish and Rebecca are the amazing hosts. Workshops take place in the wonderful music room/...