Seren Events Archive

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

05/02/2020 - 13:00
Shapwick, Somerset

Join television naturalist Iolo Williams and RSPB Ham Wall at The Pavilion at Shapwick, Somerset near to the RSPB Ham Wall Reserve, one of the sites featured in his new book Wild Places UK – UK’s Top 40 Nature Sites, (Seren 2020) for an informative talk and book signing. 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. Tickets £22.  For further information and to book viist ​www....

02/02/2020 - 19:00
Cheltenham

Jonathan Edwards will be running a workshop at Buzzwords, the monthly poetry reading and open mic night in Cheltenham. The workshop will be followed readings from Jonathan and an open mic. Jonathan's latest collection Gen (Seren, 2018)  received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award.  His first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award. . Start time 7pm for the workshop or 8pm for the poetry reading. Tickets: £5 waged/£3 unwaged. For further information visit: www.buzzwordspoetry....

01/02/2020 - 15:30 to 16:30
Hawarden, Flintshire

Join poet Jonathan Edwards as he reads from his warm, entertaining second collection, Gen, and discusses the importance of place in his poetry. Firmly rooted in the South Wales Valleys, the poems in the collection reflect on what it means to live in this area in the 21st Century. They offer us a world of closely-knit families and night clubs at chucking-out time, crowded retail parks and couples kissing beneath the neon sign of a pub. The collection is as adept at looking at Wales past as at Wales present, reflecting on significant moments in Welsh history such as the tragedy of Aberfan and...

The latest speaker at Sustainable Wales’s Green Room  is author and photographer Phil Cope. His latest book The living Wells of Wales was published by Seren in 2019. It is the fourth title in the Holy Wells series, and is preceded by volumes on Scotland, Cornwall and the Borderlands. Phil’s talk will concentrate on Porthcawl’s own wells, including his rediscoverey of ‘Burrows Well’/Ffynnon y Twyni, located in the ‘ancient monument’ area of Newton Burrows. He will also be speaking about the ‘Schwyll’ aquifer, otherwise known as ‘the great spring of Glamorgan’, one of the largest springs in the...

A reading from two of Wales’ finest poets. Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales 2008-2016 and Deryn Rees-Jones, a poet, editor and literary critic. Deryn has published eight collections of poems for Seren. Her selected poems, What It’s Like to Be Alive, was published in 2016 and was a PBS Special Commendation. Her latest collection, Erato, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was published earlier this year and has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Literary Prize. Price: £10 (£12 on the door). For further information and to book visit: www.theatrclwyd.com

12/01/2020 - 19:00
London

We are delighted that Deryn Rees-Jones' latest collection Erato (Seren 2019)  is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize! Named after the Greek muse of lyric poetry, Erato combines documentary-style prose narratives with the passionate lyric poetry for which Rees-Jones is renowned.The themes within the collection are manifold but particularly focus on personal loss, desire and recovery, in the context of a world in which wars and displacement of people has become a terrifying norm.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear Deryn and the other  poets on the shortlist reading from their own work, on...