Seren Events Archive

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

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...

This talk, by Professor Damian Walford Davies,  will explore what Keats knew about the disease, and how he imagined it; it also identifies in his poetry and letters complex moments of speculation about the different contemporary theories of tuberculosis. These theories focused his preoccupations and anxieties about inheritance and birthrights, individual poethood, imaginative engagement and fantasies of power. ​Damian Walford Davies is Pro Vice-Chancellor (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) at Cardiff University He is a poet, writer and librettist and the author of four Seren...

14/02/2020 - 12:00 to 16/02/2020 - 21:00

The Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival returns for its third year, taking place for the first time in its new home the Temple of Peace. There is a wonderfully eclectic mix of events taking place over the three day winter weekend. There will be workshops for aspiring writers, and events featuring film, music, art and, of course, poetry from both established and new authors. Please, join us for a fabulous weekend of art, music, discussion, film and of course POETRY! View the full programme and buy your tickets at www.cardiffpoetryfestival.com

Author and photographer Phil Cope will be talking about his latest book The Living Wells of Wales ( Seren i2019) which takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales, from the Anglesey to Gwent. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere – on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells, cursing wells, and wells named for saints, Satan, witches, angels, fairies, friars, nuns, hermits, murderers and hangmen. Cope’s atmospheric photographs are accompanied by folk tales, myths and legends,...