Seren Events

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

Friday 25th May, 19:00 to 20:30
Upton Cross

Enjoy poetry readings from Peter Finch and Liz Berry on the opening night of Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival. Liz Berry’s first book of poems, Black Country, (Chatto, 2014), was some debut – described by The Guardian as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ it was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Peter Finch is quite simply a bastion of British poetry over the past half-century. From 1966 – 1975 he edited and published the seminal Second Aeon magazine, ...

Monday 28th May, 20:30
Hay on Wye

How does the culture of our past shape and speak to the present? And how might a richer understanding of where we have come from help us discover where we're heading now? The novelist and playwright Barney Norris and the pianist, composer and broadcaster David Owen Norris explore these questions in The Wellspring (forthcoming from Seren, 2018)  a new book of interviews on music and cultural inheritance. Uniquely placed, as father and son artists, to engage with the question of how things are passed on, they meet at Hay to explore the way a life is formed by what has come before, and the way...

Monday 28th May, 20:30
Hay on Wye

The astronomer Martin Griffiths subverts conventional astronomical thought by eschewing the classical naming of constellations and investigating Welsh and Celtic naming. Ancient peoples around the world placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost behind the dominant use of classical cultural stories to name stars. In many cases it is a result of a literary culture displacing an oral culture. Griffiths has researched past use of Welsh heroes from the Mabinogion in the naming of constellations and his book, Dark Land, Dark Skies (Seren 2017), is...

Tuesday 29th May, 19:00 to 21:00

Join us for an evening of words with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Naomi Kruger. Naomi will be reading from her debut novel, May. (Seren 2018). Jennifer will be reading from Kintu and also will be reading a story from her forthcoming collection. The readings will be followed by engaging discussion chaired by Yvonne Battle-Felton. There will also be refreshments and opportunities to have books signed. Order your free ticket here:

Wednesday 30th May, 10:00 to 12:30
Hay on Wye

Walking from the Capel-y-Ffin chapel, the cultural historian Jonathan Miles talks about Try the Wilderness First: Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-Ffin (forthcoming from Seren, 2018) , looking at the landscape as inspiration for the artistic community based here. A member of the Brecon Beacons National park team will join the walk. The event will last 2 hours 30 mins. Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus that will take you to Capel-y-Ffin and return to Hay Festival by 12.30pm. Tickets £15.00. Only Friends of Hay Festival may buy tickets prior to public launch on Thursday 29 March....

Saturday 2nd June, 16:00
Hay on Wye

Brief Lives, six fictions by Christopher Meredith  (forthcoming from Seren, 2018)  takes the reader from the South China Sea in 1946 to a nameless place at the end of time, where the dead have risen. In between are stories in the new post-War South Wales, in which characters sense their aloneness while being a part of the larger world. The individual and community has been at the heart of much of Meredith’s prose and poetry, as it has been in British life over the past century, and it is his skill in creating characters whose brief lives the reader finds engaging that makes this book so...

Sunday 3rd June, 17:30

This stunning long poem by Paul Henry with songs, set on a stretch of the Monmouthshire-Brecon canal, is brought to life in Brian Briggs’ clear tenor. The work breaks down the borders between the poem and the song lyric while offering a haunting elegy to the displaced. Two presences loom in the poem: Marconi, who conducted his experiments for radio on this particular part of the canal, and an old union workhouse, now converted into houses. Price: £7.00 Book now  

Thursday 7th June, 19:30

First Thursday this month features Elizabeth Parker reading from her debut poetry collection, In Her Shambles (Seren 2018), and Poet/Novelist Christopher Meredith reading from his new short story collection, Brief Lives (Seren 2018). Plus open mic. £2.50 (on the door).

Tuesday 19th June, 20:00 to Sunday 1st July, 17:00

A SOLDIER POET. TWO BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. AN UGLY BATTLEFIELD.   Alun Lewis was born in South Wales in 1915.He was brilliant, loving and charismatic: a successful poet and a good soldier.He died suddenly while serving on the Arakan front in 1944.Why he died has always been something of a mystery. The Long Bones imagines Alun Lewis’ last hours in the Burma jungle, andtells the powerful story behind the death of this finestof Welsh World War II poets.   Tickets: £13.00 / Concessions: £10.00   Box Office: 020 7435 3648 ​More information:​

Friday 22nd June, 14:00 to 17:00

During Chester Heritage Festival, writer Clare Dudman leads a series of five workshops in historic locations. The history of the location and the people associated with it provide a springboard for writing fiction. A different aspect of creative writing will be explored each afternoon, using extracts from modern literature as examples. After each session, with the inspiration and guidance gained, participants can write their own piece, with the aim of including it in an illustrated book ready for next year’s festival. The venue for the first workshop, The Uncovering of St Werburgh, is the...

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