Seren Events Archive

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

21/10/2021 - 19:00 to 21:00

In this online workshop with Elizabeth Parker, you will explore exciting poems and experiment with structure, form and language in your writing as you create new work. In this session you will play with the effects of repeated words and phrases in your work, as well as the use of white space, line length and layout.  Focus poems:Dom Bury ‘The Opened Field’W.S Merwin ‘The Present’ £12 for 1 two hour session. Please contact Elizabeth Parker to book your place in advance: lizzieitaly@hotmail.co.uk / 07976 090342  Find details of sessions one and three here. 

Polly Atkin’s new collection Much With Body is a Poetry Book Society winter choice. In this collection, the beauty of the Lake District is both balm and mirror, refracting pain and also soothing it with distraction: unusual descriptions of frogs, birds, a great stag that ‘you will not see’. Much of the landscape is lakescape, giving the book a watery feel, the author’s wild swimming being just one kind of immersion. There is also a distinct link with the past in a central section of found poems taken from transcripts of the journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, from a period late in her life when...

Celebrate the launch of Bar 44 Tapas y Copas by Owen and Tom Morgan in style with great company and good food at the Bar 44 restaurant on Westgate Street. Each ticket includes a copy of the book plus drinks and nibbles inspired by the recipes. Owen and Tom will be chatting about the book and signing copies. This event is also raising money for Velindre Cancer Centre with £10 from every ticket going towards this important cause. Tickets: £40 per person. Available via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/168229237177.  Please note: This event will take place subject to the current Covid-19...

Seren is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and here some of their poets, both established and new, share their work. The poets - Andre Mangeot, Rhian Edwards, Katherine Stansfield and Abeer Ameer - will be introduced by Amy Wack, who has been poetry editor at Seren since 1992. For further detailsand to book visit: Tickets: £8.00 www.eventbrite.co.uk For more information about the Crickhowell Literary Festival visit:  www.cricklitfest.co.uk Andre Mangeot's first collection with Seren, Blood Rain, was published in 2020 and he has published two previous collections), two books of short...

In Four Dervishes (Seren 2021) , Hammad Rind takes the dastan, an ornate form of oral history, and creates a social satire with elements of magic realism. Set in the near East, it is a journey to understanding through layers of storytelling. Dark family secrets are laid bare, crimes committed, unknown links between a father and a son revealed, and the cycle – the circularity – of life is confirmed. All because a power failure forces the narrator to confront his present circumstances. Hammad Rind was born in Punjab, Pakistan, and currently lives in Cardiff, Wales. His stories and articles have...

In what may be a unique literary event, Christopher Meredith has published a novel and a collection of poems simultaneously in 2021. In conversation with Tom Bullough, Chris will discuss and read from both. The poems in Still (Seren 2021) use the title word as a fulcrum to balance paradoxical concerns: stillness and motion, memory and forgetting, sanity and madness, survival and extinction. His novel Please (Seren 2021) is a verbally dazzling tragicomedy about hidden passion and regret in which elderly language geek Vernon struggles to write the story of his long marriage. Tickets from £7.00...