Seren Events Archive

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

23/03/2021 - 19:30 to 21:00

An online evening of poetry from writers who have all drawn inspiration from The Forest Of Dean, with a musical interlude from glorious Lady Nade. Writers Ben Ray, David Pownall, Stewart Carswell and Elizabeth Parker will be sharing their poetry, including pieces that celebrate The Forest Of Dean. Bristol songstress Lady Nade will be treating us all to a set of her soulful, powerful melodies between poets. The evening will be followed by an optional twenty minute question and answer session. Tickets £2. Available via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/140050273137.

Join us live on Zoom to hear Grahame Davies in conversation with series editor Peter Finch about his new book Real Cambridge. Cambridge: the right brain of Oxbridge, the composite capital city of Clever. For eight centuries, this quiet English seat of learning has been one half of history’s longest-running academic arms race. When it comes to stockpiling Nobel Prizes, only that Ivy League newcomer, Harvard, has more. This is the mater of all alma maters, with the kind of A-list alumni – Newton, Cromwell, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Darwin and Hawking – so famous they don’t even need first names....

23/03/2021 - 14:00
ONLINE

Three writers explore the joys and challenges of a writing career while living on the edge of the UK – in locations as far apart as Brecon in mid-Wales, rural Northern Ireland and the south mainland of Shetland. Chaired by Donald S Murray, Christopher Meredith and Kerry Buchanan will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of living away from it all – and how speaking the language of these islands influences their lives and writing. How does the minority status Gaelic, Irish and Welsh affect their work? And what impact does that have on communities that still speak in these languages? Christopher...

20/03/2021 - 10:00
ONLINE

Poets from right across UK & Australia (including Cardiff, London, Brisbane, Alice Springs & Perth) share their best recent poems full of warmth and wit from our shared virtual 'verandah'. Readers are Jaya Savige (featured) with Rita Tognini, Coral Carter, Sundra Lawrence, Tineke Van der Eecken, Mala Anthony-Ranu, Kathy Armstrong, Patricia Foster McKenley, Glen Hunting, Joe Duggan, Bell Selkie Lovelock, Jenny Magann and Cath Drake whose debut full collection, The Shaking City, was published by Seren in 2020. The event starts at 10am UK time and at the following times in Australia: ...

Rosalind Hudis reads from her new collection Restorations live on Zoom Restorations is a journey into what it means to preserve – a monument, a moment, a life-story, a poppy. It’s about the hunger to possess and the need to let go. Welding themes from art and history with the contemporary, there are poems about pigments and dictators, glue and glass houses, collections, crinolines, and barometers, and the vagaries of memory itself. Entwined, is a more personal story that tracks the loss of a parent to dementia. Also running through, is a theme of women eroding the straitjacket of gendered...

Maria Donovan talks about her debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, and her attempt to write it in real time. This coming-of-age novel, which follows one boy’s obsessive search for justice and looks at the effects of loss and bereavement on three households living side by side in a small Dorset town, is set in 2012 against a backdrop of real events in the UK and beyond. What made the author choose this approach? How did it work out? Would she do it again? This one-hour session will feature short readings and time for additional Questions and Answers. 14.00 UTC This event is part of the AUD...