Seren Events Archive

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

Workshop: Travelling the Strange Places of Poetry​ This workshop will focus on the unusual places that poetry can transport us to, and how poetry itself is an ‘unusual’ place to inhabit in terms of language and perspective. We will discuss the strategies of example poems and respond to linked writing prompts, leading us to some much-needed travel in this time of stasis.  Online Price £15 Book a place at www.poetryinaldeburgh.org. 

13/11/2020 - 12:00 to 13:00

Katrina Naomi joins Martin Malone, Maria Isakova Bennet and Sue Burge for a FREE online reading at Poetry in Aldeburgh 2020.  Poetry in Aldeburgh open their three-day festival by bringing together poets from the four corners of the UK, from Aberdeenshire to Cornwall and from Merseyside to Norfolk. Martin Malone’s new selected Larksong Static takes a synoptic view of the last 15 years of writing. He is described by Carol Ann Duffy as offering ‘an excavation of time and place, landscape and language, every word alert to the elements without and their emotions within. Sue Burge’s The Saltwater...

We mark Elaine Morgan's centenary with the launch of a new biography Elaine Morgan: A Life Behind the Screen by Daryl Leeworthy.  Elaine Morgan (1920-2013) was a pioneer. Born into a working-class family, she was the first person from her school in Pontypridd to go to Oxford University. On graduation she became an adult education tutor with the WEA. Married to an International Brigade veteran and politically active throughout her long life as a socialist, environmental peace campaigner, and Labour Party member, she maintained several high profile careers. She was amongst the very first women...

We are delighted to be hosting the launch of Let Me Tell You What I Saw by Adnan Al-Sayegh.   At this virtual event, renowned poet Adnan Al-Sayegh and poet and translator Jenny Lewis will present Let Me Tell You What I Saw – the first ever dual language English/ Arabic publication of substantial extracts of Adnan's epic poem Uruk's Anthem. One of the longest poems ever written in Arabic literature, Uruk's Anthem has been described as beautiful, powerful and courageous and at the same time apocalyptic and terrifying in its unwavering scrutiny of, and opposition to, oppression and dictatorship...

Virtual First Thursday returns and this month its a tale of countries as we are joined by three authors whose works all have a deep connection with place. Australian poet Cath Drake's debut collection The Shaking City came out from Seren in April 2020 and her poem 'Our Front Garden' was highly commended in the 2020 Forward Prizes. The title is a metaphor for the swiftly changing precarity of modern life within the looming climate and ecological emergency and the unease of a narrator who is far from home. Set in Wales, Northern Ireland and Italy, the characters in the twenty-six stories in...

We are delighted to be publishing award-winning author Peter Benson's latest novel The Stromness Dinner at the end of October. Join us for the online launch where Peter will be discussing the book with Duncan McLean followed by a live audience Q&A. Register for FREE via www.eventbrite.co.uk. The Zoom link will be included in your confirmation email.  About the book: Ed fits kitchens in the small family business in London, and he’s wondering if there isn’t more to life. So when Marcus, a client in banking, offers him an extra job refurbishing a cottage in Stromness he thinks, why not?...