Seren Events Archive

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

Virtual First Thursday returns for July and this month, we're joined by two poets with brand new collections, Ilse Pedler and Dai George. Our main readings will be followed by our usual open mic. Tickets are £2.74 (incl. admin fee) and available from Eventbrite here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/159961484105. To sign up for the open mic, please email sarahjohnson@serenbooks.com. Ilse Pedler's debut collection is Auscultation, which means listening and specifically, in medicine, listening to sounds that come from the body’s internal organs. If listening is a central theme of this collection,...

29/06/2021 - 19:00 to 20:00

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we’re hosting a new series of online events celebrating our authors and backlist. For this first event, we welcome four award-winning writers, from our strong and growing list of Irish authors, for an evening of poetry and fiction. This event is free and will take place on Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/159967151055. Registration will close at 6:30pm, half an hour before the start of the event to ensure everyone receives the link. If you have any trouble accessing the event on the night please email sarahjohnson@...

The Oxford Research Centre in Humanities (TORCH) presents an online webinar on Real Oxford by Professor Patrick McGuinness.  Book at Lunchtime is a series of bite-sized book discussions held during term-time, with commentators from a range of disciplines. The events are free to attend and open to all. Register for a free ticket here. About the book: Oxford is a place of fantasy and myth, home to the prestigious university and some of the world’s most iconic buildings. There has been teaching and learning in Oxford since 1096, and its colleges have produced generations of great scientists,...

Patrick McGuinness launches Real Oxford, the latest addition to the Seren Real Series. Oxford, city of dreaming spires, bicycles, Inspector Morse, tourists, gentility. Or perhaps a less familiar place? Having lived and worked in Oxford for thirty years, Patrick McGuinness brings an intimate knowledge to this new exploration of the city, Real Oxford. In this book he reflects on the familiar and introduces us to the unnoticed, to create a new way of looking at Oxford. Join us to hear him in conversation with series editor Peter Finch followed by an audience Q&A. Register for free via ...

From 1 until 1:30pm on Monday 21st June, three Seren poets will be online answering questions on all things poetry. Perhaps you'd like to know more about the route to publication, maybe you want to know how they approach a poem, where do they find inspiration, what advice do they have for a poet just starting out? Tweet your questions and follow along using the hashtag #AskASerenPoet and wait for a reply. We'll also be online telling you more about their new collections, all published during the pandemic.    About the poets Katrina Naomi’s poetry has appeared on Radio 4’s Front Row and Poetry...

Jayne Joso launches her spellbinding short story collection Japan Stories. Japan Stories is a collection of stories and short fiction set in Japan by author Jayne Joso. Each piece centres on a particular character – a sinister museum curator, a son caring for his dementia-struck father, a widow in the far north reflecting on her provincial life, a young woman who returns to haunt her killer. Together, these compelling narratives become a mosaic of life in contemporary Japan, its people, its society, its thinking, its character, providing a window into a country we would all love to know more...