Seren Events

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

Wednesday 18th October, 19:30

Independent Voices: Poetry live from Caroline Smith, Ted Hughes Award shortlisted author of The Immigration Handbook (Seren 2016), Rory Waterman, author of Brexit Day on the Balmoral Estate and whose new book is Sarajevo Roses, and Nicholas Murray, whose Swiftian verse satire A Dog’s Brexit also appeared this year. They are joined by readers Sarah Chatwin, Mark Unwin and Jean Woollard who will present some classic poems that challenge society with an independent voice. There will also be live music. Tickets: £5.00. To book visit the Festival website:

Thursday 19th October, 19:30 to 21:30

Hear poets Graham Clifford and Gareth Barsby read at the Wellington Town Council Festival. This is a free event but places are limited: register on the Wellington Festival website.   About the authorsGraham Clifford is a prize-winning poet, with two collections published by Seren. He has been highly commended in the Forward Poetry Prize; translated into Romanian and German; has performed at the Aldburgh, Bridport, Hay and T-Junction festivals among others; published nationally and internationally as well as having had poems chiselled onto paving slabs in Walthamstow with his daughters and...

Saturday 21st October, 19:00

Martyn Crucefix will be reading from his seventh full collection, The Lovely Disciplines.  Come just for the reading or stay longer and relax with friends, old or new at the Festival Supper. Tickets for the reading only are £7.50. Tickets for the  Supper are £35.00 which includes a welcoming drink, the reading, and a three course dinner with coffee and wine. For further information and to book visit the Festival website:

Thursday 26th October, 19:30
Bradford on Avon

Come along to Bradford on Avon’s reading series with guest poets Sarah Watkinson and Jonathan Edwards. All performers and listeners welcome: open mic slots always available. Tickets: £4 on the door About the poets: Sarah Watkinson has been writing and studying poetry since 2012 after a career in plant biology. Her work has appeared in UK anthologies and magazines including Litmus, Pennine Platform and The Rialto. Dung Beetles Navigate by Starlight, her debut pamphlet, was a winner in the 2017 Cinnamon Pamphlet competition. With Jenny Lewis, of The Poet’s House Oxford, she organises SciPo, a...

Monday 30th October, 19:15

The Spoke Poets are again back reading in Bristol. We are delighted to invite you to celebrate the publication of Paul Deaton's & Robert Walton’s full length Seren Poetry Collections: Paul Deaton A Watchful Astronomy (PBS Winter Recommended) & Robert Walton Sax Burglar Blues Both poets will be reading exclusively from their books for the first time and signing after the readings. They will be accompanied by fellow Spoke poets Claire Williamson and Elizabeth Parker (also Seren poets publishing in 2018). Jazz music will come from Turbine: Bristol's multi-talented Pete Judge - of Get the...

Saturday 4th November, 10:00 to 11:00

'How I Did It': Seren poet Kathryn Maris, Elizabeth Speller and the Resurgence Prize Winner let you in on the secrets of their craft. Kathryn's collection God Loves You is available from the Seren website. Admission is free but booking is required. To book visit: www.

Caroline Smith, The Immigration Handbook
Saturday 4th November, 14:45 to 15:45

'On the Road with Refugee Tales'. David Herd introduces the charity and Ted Hughes finalist and Seren poet Caroline Smith reads work inspired by the walk with Poetry School students Claire Collison and Ben Rogers. Caroline's collection The Immigration Handbook (Seren 2016) is available from the Seren website. Tickets: £10.00. To book visit: ​

Tamar Yoseloff
Sunday 5th November, 10:00 to 11:00

'Making a Living as a Poet'. Discussion with Keith Jarrett, Clare Pollard, William Sieghart and  Seren poet, Tamar Yoseloff whose fifth collection, A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, was published by Seren in October 2015. Tickets: £10.00. To book visit:

Sunday 12th November, 10:00 to 15:30

OUTSPEAK: Ekphrastic Poetry and Creative Process with Dr Rhiannon Hooson whose debut collection The Other City was published by Seren in 2016. Ekphrastic poems are those inspired by or referencing a work in another artform, usually visual art. Dating back to ancient Greece, ekphrastic poems expand upon, exalt, subvert, and illuminate their subjects. In this workshop we will explore different ways of responding to visual art, and look at how we can use art to expand our generative practise as writers. How can we reference a work of art without merely describing it? What kind of dialogue is...