Seren Events Archive

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

Join Eric Ngalle Charles, a Cameroon-born Wales based writer, poet, and playwright. 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 first play, My Mouth Brought Me Here, was showcased at Encampment in London Southbank. It is a play based around his poetry and an Old West African Proverb which explores the themes of migration, language, freedom of expression and dictatorship. His memoir I, Eric Ngalle was published by Parthian in 2020 and his poetry...

01/04/2022 - 19:00
Machynlleth

As part of the Amdani Fachynlleth festival Rhys Mwyn will give a  talk the Psychogeography of Gwynedd, based loosely around his new book Real Gwynedd (Seren 2021) and including some stories about music. Rhys is a musician, archaeologist, writer and broadcaster. Montgomeryshire born, now living in Caernarfon.  As a music manager, agent, publicist, Record Label and promoter, Rhys has worked with acts as varied as Catatonia, Big Leaves, The Rich Kids, Viv Albertine (The Slits), Jeb Loy Nichols, Gwenno, Amy Wadge, Patrick Jones, 9Bach, Larry Jon Wilson, Y Cyrff and Datblygu. He previously played...

26/03/2022 - 12:45 to 13:45
St David’s

St David’s Festival of Ideas is a volunteer-run festival set up in 2019 with the aim of bringing people together from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and opinions to see if new ideas and solutions can be birthed in the process. After moving online in 2021, they are returning in person in March 2022.  Eric Ngalle Charles, whose debut collection is forthcoming from Seren in 2022, will be in conversation with Jon Gower in How Books Change the World. Chaired by Amanda Stone. With nearly 200,000 books published in the UK each year they'll discuss how some of them catch the uplift of spirit, time...

These two experienced poets will share their approaches to writing poetry inspired by photographs, and encourage new writing using images drawn from archives, books, family photos, news, historical and contemporary sources. Sarah Wimbush is the author of two prize-winning pamphlets: The Last Dinosaur in Doncaster (Smith|Doorstop 2021) and Bloodlines (Seren 2020). Her first collection Shelling Peas with My Grandmother in the Gorgiolands will be published by Bloodaxe in 2022. Robert Powell, is a former photography critic and curator who has produced four poetry collections  as well as an artist...

In this Digital Taster Course for Tŷ Newydd run by Rosalind Hudis, you will look at the link between poetry and science, and the science of poetry. You'll spend a little time exploring some of the ways poets have embraced science topics in lyric poetry. Then it’s your turn: after choosing a short sample of science writing, you’ll be guided through a step-by-step approach to transform it into the first draft of a lyric poem. No previous scientific knowledge required! You will leave the course with a renewed energy, the elements and ideas on how to get started. The workshop will last an hour,...

PAST AND PRESENT: WHOSE TRADITION IS WHOSE? All of this year’s Past and Present events involve contemporary poets responding to the work of modernist poets. This event takes a slightly different angle by inviting Yang Lian and Adnan Al-Sayegh, two poets from non-Western literary traditions, to respond to the importance and challenges of drawing upon this (white, western) tradition in their own work. Is modernism relevant for them? Why and how? And what obstacles come between them and drawing upon such traditions? How do these influences interact with different cultural influences? Adnan Al-...