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

Monday 5th November, 19:00 to Monday 10th December, 21:00

Find poetic inspiration in the disorientating world of Space Shifters, in this six-week poetry writing course led by poet Tamar Yoseloff. Each Monday, you have exclusive after-hours access to Hayward Gallery to draw inspiration from this transformative group exhibition, and workshop your compositions with the group. This opportunity is for poets of all abilities, and a willingness to learn together is essential. Course tutor Tamar Yoseloff is an accomplished poet, writer, and teacher. Her collection A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems was published by Seren in 2015. Tamar's  writing...

Sunday 11th November, 12:00 to Sunday 25th November, 15:00

This exhibition features the striking contemporary photographs taken by Aled Rhys Hughes of Mametz Wood, the site of the most significant battle in World War I for Welsh troops.  Aled's photographs also appear in the book Mametz (Seren 2016)  where they are accompanied by a ‘timeline’ of the battle, a period map, and an essay by Jeremy Hooker on the photographs and their relationship with the landscape and the men, now long gone, who took part. The exhibition runs from 11th - 25th November. Opening times are Tuesday and Saturday 11am - 3pm, also by arrangement. There will be a special opening...

Friday 23rd November, 19:30

Judy Brown, Ken Evans and Emma Simon will be reading at this event which also features music from Mat Williams and local poet guest spots. Judy's most recent collection Crowd Sensations (Seren 2016) was shortlisted for the Ledbury Second Colletion Prize and was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. Tickets: £4.00 on the door.

Sunday 25th November, 11:00

Poetry Brunch - three poets, coffee and cake! Join Brenda Read Brown, the winner of the first SFL Poetry Slam, as she welcomes Ben Wilkinson and Rhiannon Hooson to a lovely Poetry Brunch hosted at the splendid Stop! Café in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Ben's debut full collection of poems, Way More Than Luck, was published by Seren Books in February 2018.  From the thumping heartbeat of the distance runner to the roar of football terraces across the decades, this debut confronts the struggles and passions that come to shape a life. Rhiannon has won major awards for her work, including...

Saturday 1st December, 19:00

Martyn Crucefix is one of the readers at an evening of World War 1 themed poetry with Agenda magazine. The evening accompanies the museum’s 'Changing Lives: Ditchling Artists in WW1' display and will include readings from the latest Agenda commemorative 1918 double issue,  celebrating the end of The Great War and its aftermath with works by nationally and internationally-known poets and translators.  Martyn's latest collection, The Lovely Disciplines, was published by Seren earlier this year. Admission: £8 including a glass of wine. For further information and to book visit: www....

Monday 3rd December, 11:15 to 16:45

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Judy Brown, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. Judy runs one-hour sessions in The Poetry Cafe, London WC2 – at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.30pm, or 4.45pm. £60 for Poetry Society Members, £70 for non-members. Book online at or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420 9881. Once your session is booked, you will be asked to...

Tuesday 4th December, 20:00

To celebrate the publication of four poetry collections from THE SPOKE in the past 12 months by Seren Books,Claire Williamson, Bob Walton, Paul Deaton and Elizabeth Parker join forces with top trumpet and drums duoEYEBROW - Pete Judge and Paul Wigens - or a festive treat of four distinctive poetic voices and beguiling atmospheric soundscapes. Last seen together at Sanctum Bristol 2015, this is a unique partnership of poetry and music in the convivial ambience of Spike Island’s café-bar. Books and CDs on sale … in time for you-know-what. A night not to be missed. Doors open 7.15pm Start 8pm on...

Thursday 6th December, 18:30

In this special talk, author of local food writer Sarah Philpott draws upon Wales’s rich literary and culinary traditions to unravel a fascinating history of Wales through food. Sarah's fantastic recipe book The Occasional Vegan was published by Seren earlier this year. HistFest is a brand new. three-day history festival that will entertain, educate and feature an eclectic mix of talks, panel discussions, workshops and live performances. The main festival takes place in London but includes events elsewhere, including this talk in Swansea. Admission: £5.00. For further information and to book...

Thursday 6th December, 19:30

December’s First Thursday event features guest authors Jonathan Edwards and Dale Hay. Jonathan Edwards will read from his eagerly-awaited second collection, Gen, a book of lions and rock stars, street parties and servants, postmen and voices. Cardiff-based novelist Dale Hay will read from her debut novel The Night Fogs. After the guest readings you will be invited to read in the open mic – please bring a poem or a page of prose if you would like to take part. Doors open 7:30pm. £3 entry fee (redeemable with purchase of any book).     

Monday 10th December, 19:30

Carrie Etter will be reading from her new collection The Weather in Normal (Seren 2018) which explores the poet’s loss of her hometown of Normal, Illinois through her parents’ deaths, the sale of the family home, and the effects of climate change, a collection at once innovative, emotive, and deeply resonant.  Tickets: £5.00. For further details visit Carrie's website:

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