Seren Events Archive

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

Patrick McGuinness discusses his forthcoming book Real Oxford, at the Oxford University alumni Meeting of Minds Global conference.  Real Oxford is the next addition to the Seren Real series, edited by Peter Finch. Oxford, city of dreaming spires, bicycles, Inspector Morse, tourists, gentility. Or perhaps a less familiar place? Having lived and worked in Oxford for thirty years, Patrick McGuinness brings an intimate knowledge to this new exploration of the city as he reflects on the familiar and introduces us to the unnoticed, to create a new way of looking at Oxford. Oxford University alumni...

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

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

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...

23/03/2021 - 08:00 to 27/04/2021 - 08:00

Take time out to recharge your energy and creativity with Cath Drake. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and improve well-being, clarity, focus and creativity and Kath throws in a sprinkling of poetry for a weekly uplift! Each drop in session focuses on a theme to contribute to positive wellbeing and spark creativity and lasts for half an hour, plus an optional fifteen minutes writing together at the end. Cath's latest collection, The Shaking City, was published by Seren in 2020. For further information visit Cath's website here:  

20/03/2021 - 10:00

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: ...