Seren Events Archive

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

Syria. Afghanistan. And now Ukraine. We are in an epoch of migration, of refugees fleeing bombs and torture, of asylum-seekers in fragile crafts braving the waters of the Med and the English Channel. So, what should the poet’s response be to this humanitarian crisis? For Angela Graham, in this most tragically timely debut collection, Sanctuary: There Must Be Somewhere (Seren 2022),  the public horrors and agonies need to be faced; but the idea of places of safety and shelter must also be explored by all of us, and from the inside. This event will take place via Zoom. Tickets are £1. For...

17/05/2022 - 19:00 to 20:30
In person in Cardiff and online

For over 50 years Peter Finch has been at the cutting edge of contemporary poetry. His new two volume Collected Poems, comprising 500 pages each, cement his reputation as one of Britain’s leading poets. At 7pm on Tuesday 17th May, join us to celebrate Finch’s remarkable career and the publication of these landmark volumes. The event is taking place in person at Jury’s Inn (formerly the Park Hotel) in Cardiff, and will also be streamed online on amam.cymru.  Editor Andrew Taylor will open the event by introducing the books; Grahame Davies will give a brief insight into Peter’s significance in...

17/05/2022 - 18:00 to 19:00
King's College, London

In this event, overlooking the River Thames from the River Room at King’s College London, Eric Ngalle Charles will read from his debut poetry collection Homelands. He will also take questions from the audience about his work. If you would like to attend, please register through Eventbrite here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/328166413577 by 4pm on Monday 16th May as only those on the guest list will be let onto campus. About the book In Homelands, Eric Ngalle Charles draws on his early life raised by the matriarchs of Cameroon, being sent to Moscow by human traffickers, and finding a new home in Wales...

15/05/2022 - 10:30 to 17/07/2022 - 13:00
ONLINE

Three sessions of reading and writing with Cath Drake. The most enjoyable way to share and learn poetry is in a regular small group. In the first hour of these workshops we’ll discuss an inspiring themed batch of poems sent in advance with a particular theme. We’ll look in depth at the poems and poetic techniques with expert guidance. The discussions in themselves are rich and life-enhancing. Then, after a short break, we’ll write together inspired by the poems and share our writing. These workshops are designed to help you develop a regular poetry reading and writing practice for those...

05/05/2022 - 19:30 to 21:30
Cardiff / Facebook

On Thursday 5th May, Seren First Thursday returns to Chapter Arts Centre for the first time since start of the pandemic. However, we’ll also be streaming the reading live on Facebook for people to watch from home!  This month we’re joined by Eric Ngalle Charles, whose debut collection Homelands was published earlier this month. In this book, he draws on his early life raised by the matriarchs of Cameroon, being sent to Moscow by human traffickers, and finding a new home in Wales. Rich in tone, subject and emotion, Charles’ poetry moves between the present and the past, between Africa and...

28/04/2022 - 19:30
Crickhowell

Join us for an evening with Paul Henry to celebrate his new collection, As If To Sing, forthcoming from Seren. The power of song, to sustain the human spirit, resonates through As if to Sing. A trapped caver crawls back through songs to the sea; Welsh soldiers pack their hearts into a song on the eve of battle, ‘for safe-keeping’; a child crossing a bridge sings ‘a song with no beginning or end’…. Blurring past and present, a ‘torchsong’ of music and light intensifies in 'The Boys in the Branches', a moving sequence to the poet’s sons where three boys scale a tree to manhood, to ‘carve their...