Seren Events

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

Saturday 15th September, 14:00 to Saturday 20th October, 17:00
Conwy

You are invited to the opening of a new exhibition by Shani Rhys James on Saturday 15 September 2018 at 2pm. The art was produced in New York during a one month residency at Columbia University.  Siani's work for this exhibition was stimulated by the energy of New York and she created the pieces in a totally instinctive way as a response to crowds of people where there was such a mixture of races and the underbelly - extreme rich and poor as in any urban city in this current climate. The exhibition runs until 20th October. The gallery is open from 11am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday (Closed...

Thursday 27th September, 19:00
Penzance

Katrina Naomi is the host of Penzance Poetry Parlour, an occasional reading series with invited poets. This month Katrina has booked top poets Pascale Petit and Alyson Hallet. There will be an informal Q&A after the readings plus cava and popcorn! Entry is by a minimum £5 donation (if you can afford more, then the poets will be paid more). Please arrive early, seats are limited.  Katrina's collection The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren 2016)  is a heartfelt and tragi-comic portrayal of a fraught childhood and adolescence. The pointed, lively and always entertaining poems are sure to...

Friday 28th September, 14:00 to 15:00
Tenby

In this, the centenary year of the ending of the First World War, Tony Curtis pays tribute to the memory of those who served and suffered in this most terrible of conflicts.  What connects a Pembrokeshire village, the First World War trenches, Australia, Kenya and Hollywood? Professor and prize-winning author Tony Curtis reveals all in a fascinating history of his family and the 1914-18 war. This illustrated talk draws on some of the great literary and art works of the period, as well as sharing remarkable family photographs. £7 Booking from 17 September on: 07398 362390    

Friday 28th September, 20:00
Porthcawl

After a summer break, Sustainable Wales’ ‘Green Room’ performance space recommences with a series of events.  On Friday, September 28, there will be a celebration of the Elvis festival in Porthcawl, with a welcome satirical look at ‘The King’. There will be Elvis Presley-themed films, and readings from Wales’ finest performance poet, Peter Finch. Peter will also be speaking about his recent book, The Roots of Rock, in which Elvis, of course, is featured. Leading Cardiff academic, Dr Daniel Evans, will discuss the ‘class’ element of the Elvis festival. Plus: there will be an open mic.  £4 (or...

Saturday 29th September, 19:30 to 21:30
Crickhowell

The Glass Aisle is an astonishing collaboration between two major talents in poetry and music: acclaimed songwriter and singer Brian Briggs, frontman of the Oxfordshire indie-folk band Stornoway, and poet, Paul Henry. The pair will perform their musical collaboration ‘The Glass Aisle’, a long poem with songs, inspired by the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, which is close to Henry’s home, and its associations with radio pioneer Marconi and an old union workhouse. With its songs composed ‘out of the poem’, and brought to life in Brian’s clear tenor, this work breaks down the borders between the...

Thursday 4th October, 19:30
Cardiff

First Thursday opens its autumn season with guest authors: poet Marianne Burton with her beautifully intelligent collection Kierkegaard’s Cupboard; novelist David Llewellyn with A Simple Scale, his story of two gay composers: one American, the other Soviet, and the strange ways in which their solitary lives intertwine. Visiting poets Chad Norman (from America) and Emily Blewitt (all the way from Bridgend) will read as special guests. And after the readings we will have our famous open mic, as always! Bring a poem or a page of prose if you feel like taking part. Doors open 7:30. Entry fee £3 (...

Thursday 4th October, 19:30
Chichester

A CELEBRATION OF POETRY with CARRIE ETTER  PLUS OPEN MIC POETRY! Join award-winning American poet Carrie Etter reading from her new collection, The Weather in Normal. Carrie's credits include the London New Poetry Prize and shortlising for the Ted Hughes Award.   'Deeply moving and richly inventive' - Cole Svenson (US poet). Live music from Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar and open mic poetry combine to offer a stimulating mix of words and music. Readers and listeners equally welcome. Thursday 4 October 7.30pm, Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QJ.Tickets: £7 ( to...

Saturday 6th October, 10:00 to 23:59
Swindon

Carrie Etter will be part of four events on the same day at  Poetry Swindon Festival: a lunch conversation with Sandeep Parmar, her annual Poets & Publishers event with Shearsman editor Tony Frazer and Magma editor Laurie Smith, a reading with Sandeep, and a Poetry Pub Quiz at the end of the night. Carrie's fourth collection The Weather in Normal  (Seren 2018)  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. It is a collection at once innovative, emotive, and deeply resonant.  For...

Sunday 7th October, 19:00 to 21:00
Swansea

The Glass Aisle is an astonishing collaboration between two major talents in poetry and music: acclaimed songwriter and singer Brian Briggs, frontman of the Oxfordshire indie-folk band Stornoway, and poet, Paul Henry. The pair will perform their musical collaboration ‘The Glass Aisle’, a long poem with songs, inspired by the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, which is close to Henry’s home, and its associations with radio pioneer Marconi and an old union workhouse. With its songs composed ‘out of the poem’, and brought to life in Brian’s clear tenor, this work breaks down the borders between the...

Friday 12th October, 00:00 to Sunday 14th October, 00:00
Cricieth

This weekend residential course is hosted by award-winning Welsh poet Paul Henry singer-songwriter Brian Briggs – former frontman of indie-folk band Stornoway. Their collaboration, The Glass Aisle (Seren 2018), is a mesmerising collaboration of songs and poetry. Exploring the borders between poem and song lyric, this course will appeal both to poets and songwriters. It also welcomes those new to writing and simply curious to test their talent in these areas. Through workshops and tutorials, we’ll look at what poetry and songwriting can learn from each other, including the influences of melody...

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