Seren Events

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

Wednesday 23rd August, 18:30 to 20:30

2017 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, a British government inquiry into homosexuality and prostitution, which most famously recommended that certain consensual homosexual acts should not be illegal. Come along to the Cardiff Story Museum for an evening of talks exploring LGBT history, featuring Seren author Norena Shopland, whose book Forbidden Lives: LGBT Histories of Wales, is due for publication in October. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend.    

Nicholas Murray
Friday 25th August, 11:00

"What do we mean when we talk about borders?" Nicholas Murray introduces his latest book, Crossings: A Journey through Borders (Seren) and reads from his poetry collection The Migrant Ship (Melos). Part travel book, part personal journey, part meditation on the meaning of borders, literal and metaphorical, Crossings is also rooted in the author’s thirty-year residence in the Radnor Valley in the border country of Mid-Wales.Tickets £7.50 unreserved. Refreshments available. Transport Festival Bus departs from Presteigne at 10.30am (Advance return Bus Tickets are bookable online, and attract a...

Friday 25th August, 19:30

Come along to Waterstones Lancaster, King Street, on 25 August to celebrate the launch of Graham Mort’s masterly tenth collection of poetry, Black Shiver Moss. Graham will be introduced by poet and publisher Mike Barlow, and will then read from and discuss the influences behind his latest collection. There will also be a Q&A session and book signing. This is a free event and all are welcome to attend – no tickets required.   About Black Shiver Moss:Black Shiver Moss is Graham Mort’s dazzling tenth collection. His work is first of all a hymn to the rough-hewn landscapes and the tough,...

Saturday 26th August, 08:30 to Sunday 15th October, 17:00

Part of the Celebration of Welsh Contemporary Painting, in partnership with Cyfarthfa Castle and Glasbury Arts, Redhouse, Merthyr, will be displaying the work of one of Wales's leading artists, Ken Elias. Born in 1944, into a working-class family in Glynneath, Elias's childhood was formed during the 1950s. He attended art school in the 1960s during the height of the Pop Art movement in the UK. His work is held in a number of public collections, including the National Museum of Wales, the National Library of Wales, the Arts Council of Wales, Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery and the...

Thursday 7th September, 14:00 to 15:30

* SOLD OUT *   Join us at the Teifi Marshes Centre, Cardigan, to learn more about magnificent Skomer Island, a National Nature Reserve just off the Pembrokeshire coast. Former Skomer Warden, Rosanne Alexander and naturalist, Iolo Williams host an insightful and intimate talk and presentation into Skomer Island’s important wildlife and landscape. Rosanne and Iolo will give an impressive insight into the island’s important birds, seals and other inhabitants, including its significant breeding populations of manx shearwaters and puffins, and reveal what they know about Skomer’s important...

Thursday 7th September, 19:30

Celebrate new poetry and fiction at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre as First Thursday returns after the summer break for a special Mulfran authors event. Aamer Hussein will read from his illustrated collection of short stories, Love & its Seasons, ‘a beautiful poetic gem’, says Mirza Waheed. Hussein was born in Karachi and lived there, and in India, before moving to London at the age of 15. He is the author of a number of short story collections and novels, as well as reviews and essays. Wales’ own Mab Jones will read from her most recent poetry collection, take your experience and peel it...

Thursday 7th September, 20:00 to 22:00

Springwatch’s Iolo Williams opens this year’s PENfro festival with an illustrated talk, showcasing Wales’ stunning nature places: from Skomer Island to Magor Marsh, from Oxwich on the Gower to Gronant Dunes. Learn about the great array of wildlife hidden amongst the Welsh landscape, and how to make the most out of all Wales has to offer. Iolo Williams is a Welsh naturalist and broadcaster, best known for his BBC Wales and S4C nature programmes. The presenter of 17 TV series in two languages, he is also a presenter on BBC network’s Nature Watch programmes, an author in Welsh and English and a...

Saturday 9th September, 10:45 to 21:00

A free poetry festival supporting people displaced by war and violence.  On 9th September 2017, Knighton Community centre welcomes you to call in for as little or as long as you like for their Poetry Marathon - a free poetry festival in aid of people displaced by war and violence. We expect that you will stay for longer than you thought you might. Come to hear and see published Poets who are skilled in their use of words and look forward to sharing their poems with you. You can ask questions about their writing, its meaning and why they are helping to raise money for refugees and asylum...

Sunday 10th September, 10:00 to 10:50

Enjoy readings and interviews with two talented writers and their new short story collections. Maggie Harris’ stories are informed by the Caribbean, where she was born, and Britain where she has lived as an adult, and through them, the wider world. Issues of belonging and migration feature, but alongside these are growing interests in voice, narrative, gardening and botany, music and family. There are both UK and Caribbean voices in these tales, told by children, migrants, mothers, grandparents.This is a varied collection containing stories such as 'Sending for Chantal', telling a tale of...

Friday 22nd September, 19:00

“To be born Welsh is to be born privileged; not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but music in your blood and poetry in your soul.” There’s a whole raft of exciting new poetic voices breathing fire into Brian Harris’ famous words. This showcase gives a platform to some of Wales’ most exciting new poets: Rhiannon Hooson, Rhian Edwards, Emily Blewitt, Sophie McKeand, Susie Wild, Natalie Ann Holbrow and Rhys Milsom. Seren is proud to have published the debut collections by three of these young poets: The Other City by Rhiannon Hooson, This Is Not A Rescue by Emily Blewitt and Rhian Edwards'...