Seren Events Archive

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

05/06/2022 - 16:00
Hay-on-Wye

Kate Noakes forthcoming book, Real Hay-on-Wye (Seren, 2022), combines memoir, anecdote, social history and arcane facts with subversive wit to provide an affectionate portrait of the town famed for its secondhand shops (and Hay Festival). She describes how it faces the challenges of any small market town, with a rich rural hinterland, and a landscape vying for attention with the best that metropolitan culture has to offer. In Finding Hay: A Journey Up Broad Street (Logaston Press, 2022) Rosie Hayles has written the story of one street in Hay seen through history, in a narrative rich in the...

The celebrated Welsh writers and poets read their work in a special evening for poetry. Robert Minhinnick has been awarded this year’s Hay Festival Medal for Poetry which will be presented on stage at this event. His new short prose book is Delirium, his sixteenth book with Seren, a kaleidoscopic collection in which poetry jostles consumerism, the implacability of the algorithm, local history, nature and much else. Clarke’s most recent book is The Gododdin: Lament for the Fallen, which charts the fall of 363 warriors in the battle of Catraeth, around the year 600 AD, when the men of the...

'What Makes a Prize-Winning Poem?' Katrina Naomi knows about competition success – only last year she won the prestigious Keats-Shelley Competition.  But as a highly experienced judge she is also well-qualified to talk about the elusive art of making a judge sit up and take notice.  She will discuss how not to do it, but mostly she’ll encourage people to think about titles, first lines, last lines, verbs, even themes – and that crucial matter of injecting some flamboyance. Katrina's most recent collection, Wild Persistence, (Seren, 2020), received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society...

Katrina Naomi’s latest project, Same But Different, is a poetic collaboration with Helen Mort, published in Sept 2021 by Hazel Press. Her most recent collection, Wild Persistence, (Seren, 2020), received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors. Her  poetry has appeared on Poems on the Underground and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. Rosie Jackson’s many competition successes include first prize in the Teignmouth Open, 2021. Her poetry publications include, most recently, Light Makes it Easy from Indigo Dreams.  Tickets: £10. For further information and to book visit:  www....

27/05/2022 - 10:00
Hay-on-Wye

In this interactive event, Eric Ngalle Charles shares stories on place, memory and language inspired by his debut poetry collection Homelands (Seren 2022). Pupils are encouraged to write their own stories, so have a pen and paper at the ready. Eric Ngalle Charles was born in the west African state of Cameroon, a country rich in mythology and natural beauty, but with a troubled colonial history. Arriving in Wales as a near-penniless migrant, after being trafficked to Russia by a criminal gang, he has remade his life as a poet/writer, and dazzling performer of his own work. His memoir I, Eric...

Angela Graham and contributors to Sanctuary: There Must Be Somewhere read their work live on Zoom. Syria. Afghanistan. And now Ukraine. We are in an epoch of migration, of climate crisis, of fake news and polarisation, of attacks on the sacred or imposition of orthodoxy. What can a poet offer? For Angela Graham, in this most tragically timely debut collection, the public horrors and agonies need to be faced; but the idea of places of safety and shelter must also be explored. The poems in Sanctuary: There Must Be Somewhere pose key questions. How are we to respond to war and upheaval? How do...