Seren Events Archive

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

Join us on Wednesday 14th July to hear Robert Seatter launch his new collection The House of Everything live on Zoom. Universally captivating, Sir John Soane’s Museum in London is a labyrinth of evocation and imagination. Robert Seatter’s residency at the museum results in ‘The House of Everything’ a spellbinding collection of poem which takes the reader on a journey through the museum, opening up its spaces and the eclectic collection within its walls. As we emerge from the pandemic, and as the building re-opens its doors, there’s no better time to be reminded of the power of museums and...

11/07/2021 - 15:00 to 16:00
Ledbury

Rhian Edwards will be reading from The Estate Agent’s Daughter (Seren 2020) her eagerly awaited follow-up to her multi-prizewinning debut Clueless Dogs (Seren 2012). Her voice is both powerfully personal, local to her Bridgend birthplace, and performative, born to be read aloud. ‘Brilliant, visceral poems. Reading them feels like being led through beautiful rooms by an estate agent who always takes care to show you what’s hidden beneath the floorboards’ (Joe Dunthorne). Also reading will be Bohdan Piasecki, a poet from Poland based in Birmingham who has taken his poems from the upstairs room...

10/07/2021 - 11:00 to 12:00
Ledbury

Rosalind Hudis will read from her latest collection Restorations (Seren 2021), which takes the reader on 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. ‘If a poem is like a picture, these are history paintings, rich in human detail and many-layered in their brushwork’ (Matthew Francis). Also reading will be Isabel Galleymore whose first collection, Significant Other, won the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize in 2020 and was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize...

09/07/2021 - 14:00 to 16:00
Ledbury

'Alchemy – how to turn science into lyric' is a two hour workshop led by Rosalind Hudis whose collection Restorations was published by Seren earlier this year. Poetry and Science are often seen as opposed. Yet there is a long history of poets who had, or have, a vocation in science, natural history or medicine (think Keats) and an equally long history of poets taking inspiration from the methods, mess, magic and matter of science in all its disciplines. In this workshop we shall explore, through conversations around selected examples, some of the ways poets meld the language and meaning...

Live poetry and music – yes, in person, with real human performers who are not on a screen! – is alive and well and kicking off in Weston-super-Mare at 7.30pm on Thursday 8 July in the magical setting of the Old Town Quarry in Weston. The mighty Theatre Orchard's SPOKEASY Poetry and Music Night will feature the wonderful, powerful poetry of Seren poets, The Spoke – Abeer Ameer, Elizabeth Parker, Claire Williamson and Robert Walton – plus acoustic sets from singer-songwriter, Mark Ely, frontman for fabulous rock-soul band, Eastertown. Tickets £5, available via: www.theatreorchard.org.uk/events...

03/07/2021 - 14:00 to 15:00
ONLINE

Ledbury Poetry Competition winners hosted by Liz Berry. Hear the nine competition winners across the Child, Young People and Adult categories of the influential 2020 Ledbury Poetry Competition. The three adult winners are Seren poet Kim Moore (UK), Kizziah Burton (US) and Felicity Sheehy (UK). Kim Moore's debut collection The Art of Falling (Seren 2015) was the winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 2016 and shortlisted for Lakeland Book of the Year 2016. Her new collection All The Men I Never Married is forthcoming from Seren in October 2021. This is a Zoom event and tickets are free....