Seren Events Archive

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

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...

12/03/2021 - 19:30
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Kick off your weekend in style with readings from Jonathan Edwards and Jericho Brown. Wry, deft and curious, Jonathan's poetry has bagged him a number of awards, including the Costa Poetry Award for his first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes. This collection also won the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, as did his second collection Gen. His writing reminds us that ‘the time to be the people we’ll become’ is now. Also taking to the virtual stage is American poet Jericho Brown, the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His poetry interweaves elegy and an alert...

Join us on International Women's Day for an evening of poetry with four wonderful Wales-based writers.  Poetry often helps us through difficult times so why not take an hour to enjoy accessible, beautiful poems from a range of voices including Abeer Ameer, a recipient of the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme for 2020, whose debut collection Inhale/Exile, in which she shares stories of her Iraqi forebears, is newly published by Seren in February 2021. Also reading will be Rhian Elizabeth whose  novel, Six Pounds Eight Ounces, was published by Seren in 2014. This event is free but registration...

Join The Wordsworth Trust and The Poetry Business at 7pm on Sunday 7th March for an online book launch & live Q&A featuring the winners of 2020 International Book & Pamphlet Competition (selected by Imtiaz Dharker & Ian McMillan), Rosalind Easton, Jill Penny, Wendy Pratt and Sarah Wimbush. This event will be live-streamed to the Poetry Business YouTube Channel. Tickets are free, but please do register your interest on Eventbrite. Find out more: https://wordsworth.org.uk/event-directory/ YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/AGF7KAFaf64Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/...

04/03/2021 - 19:30

This month we are delighted to be joined by Romalyn Ante reading from her debut poetry collection Antiemetic for Homesickness and Lucy Gannon reading from her childhood memoir The Amazingly Astonishing Story at our virtual First Thursday event.  As always, the main readings will be followed by our popular festival open mic. To sign up for a place please email sarahjohnson@serenbooks.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and we can't guarantee there will be places left on the night so get in quick if you would like to read. We ask that people stick to a single page...

In 2021 the Welsh Government is celebrating an exciting Wales in Germany season with numerous partners in Germany.  This year's British Council Literature Seminar will feature contemporary writing from Wales at the Literaturhaus Stuttgart  in partnership with the Welsh Government, Literature Wales, and the cities of Cardiff and Stuttgart. The seminar will be chaired by Seren authors Niall Griffiths and Francesca Rhydderch and will feature Welsh writers Professor Richard Gwyn, whose collections The Other Tiger (2016) and Stowaway (2018) were published by Seren , Zoë Brigley who has a...