Seren Events Archive

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

13/03/2018 - 12:30
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In closing of University Of South Wales extended LGBT History Month celebrations, the USW LGBT Staff Network is delighted to be joined by Norena Shopland, author of Forbidden Lives: LGBT Stories from Wales (Seren 2017)  for an intimate key-note talk. Norena has spent her career researching, recording and promoting LGBT history throughout Wales. She'll be sharing snapshots of LGBT history in Wales through the ages and extracts of her book as well as taking questions and engaging in open discussion around how perceptions of LGBT may have changed through the years. Whether you're LGBT yourself,...

Don’t miss the final Border Crossings session of the festival! Reading today are two poets interested in site-specific poetry. Polly Atkin also explores in her work the intersections between poetry and Disability Studies, the written word and the body. Her first full collection, Basic Nest Architecture (Seren), appeared in 2017 and she’s previously won New Writing North's Andrew Waterhouse Prize for evoking “a strong sense of place or the natural environment”. She reads alongside Gerry Loose, whose work has won him many awards as well as being translated into a number of languages. His work...

In the StAnza Past & Present sessions, contemporary speakers share their enthusiasm for favourite past poets.  Polly Atkin, will be discussing Jane Cooper, an American poet whose work explores women's struggle to maintain meaningful artistic lives, most particularly in the years following WW2. Polly's first full collection, Basic Nest Architecture, was published by Seren in 2017. Also speaking will be Jan Baeke, who will be sharing his enthusiasm for H.H. ter Balkt, a Dutch poet who often returned to and revised his experimental, multiplicitous work. Sponsored by the Dutch Foundation for...

An evening to celebrate the Sequence and the Longer Poem hosted by Anthony Howell. Martyn will read O. at the Edge of the Gorge. His most recent collection, The Lovely Disciplines, was published by Seren in 2017. Other readers are TS Eliot prize nominee, Jacqueline Saphra, plus Graham Buchan and Nandita Ghose. There will be a liberal interval and after-party allowing for debate. Entry is £5 plus donation for refreshments.

Join Poetry Wales for a special St David’s Day First Thursday at Chapter Arts Cardiff. Editor Nia Davies presents three poets for your enjoyment followed by the famous open mic – everyone is invited to read up to one poem or one page of prose. Ailbhe Darcy is an Irish poet living in Cardiff. Her first collection was Imaginary Menagerie (Bloodaxe, 2011), shortlisted for a Shine Strong Award. Her second is Insistence (Bloodaxe, 2018), out in May. Poems from it have appeared in POETRY, Poetry Ireland Review and Poetry Wales. Steven Hitchins’ books include Bitch Dust (Boiled String, 2012), The...

Maggie Harris will be participating in a unique collaboration with leading local poets and the acclaimed cellist, Daniel Davies, performing across the counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The poets (typically 4 reading at each event) are drawn from a pool that includes: Kittie Belltree, Jackie Biggs, Annie Butler, Ron Geaves, Maggie Harris, Paul Steffan Jones, Dave Urwin and Richard Wheeler. Daniel will be playing short pieces (Improv and Classical) between the readings. Expect an evening of thought provoking, powerful, subtle, visceral wordsmithery from several award...