Seren Events Archive

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

23/03/2021 - 14:00
ONLINE

Three writers explore the joys and challenges of a writing career while living on the edge of the UK – in locations as far apart as Brecon in mid-Wales, rural Northern Ireland and the south mainland of Shetland. Chaired by Donald S Murray, Christopher Meredith and Kerry Buchanan will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of living away from it all – and how speaking the language of these islands influences their lives and writing. How does the minority status Gaelic, Irish and Welsh affect their work? And what impact does that have on communities that still speak in these languages? Christopher...

23/03/2021 - 08:00 to 27/04/2021 - 08:00
ONLINE

Take time out to recharge your energy and creativity with Cath Drake. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and improve well-being, clarity, focus and creativity and Kath throws in a sprinkling of poetry for a weekly uplift! Each drop in session focuses on a theme to contribute to positive wellbeing and spark creativity and lasts for half an hour, plus an optional fifteen minutes writing together at the end. Cath's latest collection, The Shaking City, was published by Seren in 2020. For further information visit Cath's website here: www.cathdrake.com  

20/03/2021 - 10:00
ONLINE

Poets from right across UK & Australia (including Cardiff, London, Brisbane, Alice Springs & Perth) share their best recent poems full of warmth and wit from our shared virtual 'verandah'. Readers are Jaya Savige (featured) with Rita Tognini, Coral Carter, Sundra Lawrence, Tineke Van der Eecken, Mala Anthony-Ranu, Kathy Armstrong, Patricia Foster McKenley, Glen Hunting, Joe Duggan, Bell Selkie Lovelock, Jenny Magann and Cath Drake whose debut full collection, The Shaking City, was published by Seren in 2020. The event starts at 10am UK time and at the following times in Australia: ...

Rosalind Hudis reads from her new collection Restorations live on Zoom Restorations is a journey into what it means to preserve – a monument, a moment, a life-story, a poppy. It’s about the hunger to possess and the need to let go. Welding themes from art and history with the contemporary, there are poems about pigments and dictators, glue and glass houses, collections, crinolines, and barometers, and the vagaries of memory itself. Entwined, is a more personal story that tracks the loss of a parent to dementia. Also running through, is a theme of women eroding the straitjacket of gendered...

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
ONLINE

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...