Seren Events Archive

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

TRANSLATING GILGAMESH. This reading will present three contrasting approaches to rewriting the Epic of Gilgamesh, originally written in Akkadian in the late 2nd millennium BC. Iraqi poet Adnan Al-Sayegh will read (with translations from Jenny Lewis) from Let Me Tell You What I Saw  (Seren 2020) and from his epic poem Uruk’s Anthem, which he wrote while a conscripted soldier, and later a detainee, in the Iran-Iraq war. Both draw upon Gilgamesh. Jenny Lewis’s interest in Gilgamesh sets out from a sense of culture as permanently unstable and open to different contested interpretations. In ...

08/03/2022 - 18:30 to 20:30
Penzance and Online

Join us for a poetry reading from Katrina Naomi and Penelope Shuttle to celebrate both International Women’s Day and the launch of Hypatia’s new Women in Word Bookshop which opens in March. Katrina Naomi has published two collections for Seren, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (2016) and Wild Persistence (2020). Her recent work has been broadcast on Radio 4’s Front Row, Poetry Please, BBC TV Spotlight and has appeared on Poems on the Underground.Tickets are £6.00 (space is limited so prebooking is advised). If you can't make it in person, Live Stream tickets are also available at £3.00. For...

08/03/2022 - 18:00 to 19:30
Bolton

Ben Wilkinson will be launching his second collection Same Difference in person at Bolton Central Library on 8th March. Entry is free and the event is part of the University of Bolton Creative Writing Department’s Live Literature Series. Visit boltonenglish.com/live-lit/ for more information.

07/03/2022 - 19:00 to 20:00
Online

Join Patrick McGuinness, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at St Anne’s College Oxford, for a live webinar followed by a Q&A about his new book, Real Oxford. In this new addition to the Seren Real Series, Patrick McGuinness shows that there’s more than dreaming spires and bicycles to the city of Oxford. The grand buildings of the university are here, but he also charts a personal history of the place which radiates into the suburbs and into the everyday of people’s lives, past and present. This event is free but you must register your interest on at www.st-annes.ox.ac.uk.

Owen and Tom Morgan sat at a table sharing a beer in one of the bar 44 restaurants.

 With their Bristol restaurant serving on Regent Street in Clifton, Bar 44 has become a must-visit destination for delicious Spanish food. Bar 44 Tapas y Copas, created by brothers Owen and Tom Morgan who run the critically-acclaimed and restaurant group, offers a selection of over one hundred recipes celebrating Iberic food and drinks in equal measure. We’re looking forward to welcoming the team as they present the book, answer your questions and offer some tasters of their tapas! Tickets £5, available from www.waterstones.com or call 01179252274 for further details.  

In this online course with the Poetry School, Katrina Naomi will lead a workshop on poetry of the menopause where participants will read and write poems exploring how bodies change – the losses and the gains. You’ll write from direct experience and from the experience of others close to you; from the heart, from the guts; in response to other poets and writers. You’ll subvert medical and other texts, playing with cut-ups and erasure techniques. You’ll write about how you really feel, not how you’re supposed to feel. Some will delight in throwing off the risks of pregnancy, finding newfound...