Seren Events Archive

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

27/02/2020 - 18:30
Cambridge

 Join André Mangeot as he celebrates his new collection of poems, his first for Seren,  Blood Rain. Resonant, complex, rich in heft and texture, Blood Rain’s compelling poems address some of the most troubling man-made challenges now facing us all: the natural world and its endangerment, populism, radicalisation and terror, the mass movement of people in a battle for survival. Yet amid its powerful and salutary warnings, love runs like a seam through the sequence. This breadth of awareness and range, interwoven with the deeply personal, delivers a collection of significant range and urgent...

Come along to hear from some of the UK's most dynamic poets as they present new work in response to Flat Time House's exhibition, The Bard: William Blake at Flat Time House (the late artist John Latham's home and archive in Peckham).  Several poets, among them Tamar Yoseloff, Iain Sinclair, Keith Jarrett, Chris McCabe and Robert Montgomery - have been commissioned to write in response to the life and work of William Blake and/or in response to that other creator of cosmologies, John Latham. Tamar's latest collection The Black Place (Seren 2019) is a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that...

25/02/2020 - 19:00
London

Tamar Yoseloff will be reading at the POSK Gallery. as part of 'Impressions', an exhibition of original prints by eight west London artists. Tamar's latest collection The Black Place (Seren 2019) is a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that eschews the sentimental, embraces alternatives and offers antidotes to cheery capitalist hype. Also reading will be Kate Noakes whose work features in the exhibition.  Admission is free.

The final headline event of the festival brings three vital poets together to read and talk about their work. Jonathan Edwards‘ latest collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), follows his acclaimed and Costa Book Award for Poetry winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren 2014). Deryn Rees-Jones‘ latest collection Erato (Seren, 2019) is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and follows her recent selected poems, What It’s Like to be Alive (Seren 2014). Mimi Khalvait‘s latest collection, Afterwardsness (Carcanet, 2019) follows previous gems such as The Meanest Flower, Child and The Weather Wheel, all...

“So this is how we love – by these doodles”. So runs the definition of writing poems which appears in Glyn Maxwell’s wonderful book On Poetry. From Seamus Heaney’s Follower to Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture, many of the best and most emotive poems are written for and about those people the writers love. The workshop will begin with a close reading of Simon Armitage’s brilliant poem Not the Furniture Game, as a way of exploring how metaphor can be used effectively in character sketches. By working through a couple of different writing exercises and strategies, participants will work towards writing...

Take a walk on the wild side to explore the extraordinary power that animals can bring into your poems. Led by Jonathan Edwards, this course will celebrate and facilitate poems which come fluttering, roaring, snarling and crawling into our lives. Participants will explore different approaches, from description to monologue, narrative to the surreal, as a way of getting the energy of animals into our writing. The course takes place in Bristol which, in sites like The Wild Place Project and with its interesting urban wildlife, is a place with excellent access to the wild. There will be three...