Seren Events Archive

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

Over the past two centuries the Valleys have gone from idyllic rural landscape to the engine room of the British Empire to post industrial decline. Building on the success of their book Walking Cardiff, Peter Finch and John Briggs explore the South Wales Valleys, how they’ve changed and how they’re evolving for the future. Finch’s sharp eye and depth of research and John Briggs’ photographs make Walking the Valleys a lively guide to this famous region. Join us for a presentation by the authors at the Workers Gallery where photographs from the book are currently on display until 30th October....

07/10/2022 - 19:30
Lancaster and Online

Award-winning poet Kim Moore studied music and was a trumpet teacher for several years. What the Trumpet Taught Me (Smith|Doorstop Books 2022) is a collection of vivid snapshots, from first lessons to attending music college, from teaching trumpet in schools and conducting a brass band, right through to playing in working men’s clubs in a ten-piece soul band. Meditative, funny and moving, these short prose pieces are open to experience and clear-eyed about the vagaries of class prejudice and the intricacies of gender in a predominantly male world. Woven into her performance will be poems from...

06/10/2022 - 19:30 to 21:30
In person in Cardiff and online

Join us on National Poetry day for readings by poets Hilary Llewellyn-Williams and Rhiannon Hooson. This month we’re back at Chapter but will once again be streaming via Facebook live! To celebrate National Poetry Day’s theme of The Environment, we’re welcoming Hilary Llewellyn-Williams and Rhiannon Hooson as our guest readers, both of whom find inspiration in nature. Hilary will be reading from her New and Selected Poems: The Little Hours, whilst Rhiannon will read from her brand new (hot-off-the-press) collection Goliat. The main readings will be followed by our usual open mic....

Join four Seren Poets for a reading at Chener Books as part of their Poetry Month. Kathryn Simmonds' debut collection Sunday at the Skin Launderette (Seren 2008) won the Forward Prize for best first collection and her follow up, The Visitations was published by Seren in 2013.  Her debut novel, Love and Fallout, was published by Seren in 2014.  Judy Brown's third collection for Seren, Lairs, will be published in October. Her previous collection, Crowd Sensations was published by Seren in 2016, as was her debut, Loudness (2011) which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First...

05/10/2022 - 19:00
Penarth

Join local author, Sophie Buchaillard, at Penarth Library to hear her talk about her debut novel This is Not Who We Are. In the summer of 1994, two sixteen-year-old girls exchanged an unlikely correspondence. Iris, a French girl, growing up in Paris and Victoria, a Rwandan refugee in the camp of Goma, Zaïre. One day, the letters stopped. What became of Victoria? Was Iris's father somehow involved in the genocide?  Twenty years on, Iris, now a mother and journalist living in London, is haunted by the fate of her former pen friend and sets out to find out what happened to Victoria.  Entry £2 (...

On Wednesday 28th September, join us at Kellogg College Oxford to celebrate the launch of Clare Morgan’s new short story collection Scar Tissue. Clare will be discussing her work and reading from the book. Refreshments are provided and there will be a chance to buy signed copies. A new edition of Clare’s earlier collection An Affair of the Heart will also be available. All welcome but registration is essential. RSVP to sarahjohnson@serenbooks.com by 5pm on Tuesday 27th September with your name and number of guests.