Seren Events Archive

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

13/02/2018 - 18:00

Maggie Harris will be the guest reader at the Creative Writing and Reading Series. Maggie's short story collection, Writing on Water, was published by Seren in 2017. Her stories are informed by the Caribbean, where she was born, and Britain where she has lived as an adult, and through them, the wider world. Issues of belonging and migration feature, but alongside these are growing interests in voice, narrative, gardening and botany, music and family. There are both UK and Caribbean voices in these tales, told by children, migrants, mothers, grandparents. Entrance is £2.00. For further...

In this evening talk, David Hurn and Martin Parr will be discussing their shared passion for collecting photography, and how their collections are being used to support and promote the preservation, research and appreciation of photography in the UK. David Hurn has a longstanding international reputation as one of Britain’s most influential documentary photographers. Born in London in 1934 but of Welsh descent, Hurn is a self-taught photographer who gained early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. He became an associate member of the Magnum Photos in 1965 and a...

We return after the festive break for February’s First Thursday event. Guest speaker Bryony Littlefair will read from her Mslexia Prize-winning pamphlet, Giraffe, and Bethany W. Pope (author of Masque, a re-telling of Gaston Le Roux’s classic, The Phantom of the Opera) will read new poetry published by Mulfran Press. After the readings we will have a short break and then the famous Open Mic. All are invited to read up to one poem or a page of prose. Entry on the door: £3 (redeemable against purchase of any book)    

An alternative launch of Robert Walton’s Sax Burglar Blues, his first collection in 38 years, alongside Philip Gross’s A Bright Acoustic, his twenty first. Linked by their shared love of different musics and the music in poetry. Come and hear them reading and in conversation with each other and the audience, and maybe some unexpected music too. Space is limited so please come early!    

Come down to Mozarts, Swansea, for a night of poetry with Rhian Edwards and Paul Deaton. Rhian will read from her latest pamphlet, Brood, and Paul Deaton will read from A Watchful Astronomy, his PBS-recommended debut. Also enjoy: • Open mic poetry session• Great company• Friendly, supportive atmosphere• Drinks offers  FREE ENTRY.    

30/09/2017 - 10:00 to 11/03/2018 - 17:00

This exhibition celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru’s first gallery dedicated to photography. Throughout his career as a documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos, Hurn has been an avid collector of photography. Remarkably, he has amassed his private collection by swapping works with other photographers. The collection comprises approximately 700 photographs by leading 20th and 21st century photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Sergio Larrain, Bill Brandt, Martine Franck, Bruce...