Seren Events Archive

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

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

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,...

Do you want to discover more about poetry? Have you been looking for a place to perform your own poetry? Why not come along to a Ledbury Poetry Salon, which includes an Open Mic and Featured Poets reading and chatting about their work. This month's Featured Poet is Elizabeth Parker whose first full collection, In Her Shambles, was published by Seren in April 2018.  Elizabeth's poetry has been shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize and The Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize. She was a prizewinner in the 2016 Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Tickets: £5 on the door.​

06/02/2020 - 19:30

First Thursday is back for 2020 and joining us on the 6th February is poet Philip Gross who will be reading some new material, as well as poems from his forthcoming Bloodaxe collection Between the Islands.  Doors open 7:30pm. Followed by our usual open mic. Entry is £3 on the door. 

06/02/2020 - 11:00 to 13:00
Wareham, Dorset

Join television naturalist Iolo Williams and RSPB at the stunning Arne nature reserve, one of the sites featured in his new book Wild Places UK – UK’s Top 40 Nature Sites, (Seren 2020).  The UK is known for its natural beauty and its wildlife and in his new, lavishly illustrated book Iolo  picks his favourite forty wildlife sites in the UK to demonstrate how they are all packed with the widest variety of trees, plants, birds, animals and insects. Free entrance. For further information viist: