Seren Events

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

Saturday 30th September, 10:00 to Sunday 11th March, 17:00

This exhibition celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru’s first gallery dedicated to photography. Throughout his career as a documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos, Hurn has been an avid collector of photography. Remarkably, he has amassed his private collection by swapping works with other photographers. The collection comprises approximately 700 photographs by leading 20th and 21st century photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Sergio Larrain, Bill Brandt, Martine Franck, Bruce...

Friday 16th February, 19:00 to Sunday 25th February, 15:00

Join us for Cardiff ’s first Poetry Festival! There will be readings, film, music, art, celebratory lunches and more, all in the iconic Cornerstone building on Charles Street, Cardiff. To find details of each event please click on the events below.  This will take you to the festival website, where tickets are available to book.    Seren Poetry Festival: Welcome Buffet with Jonathan Edwards February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm £7.00   Seren Poetry Festival: THE GLASS AISLE: Music & Poetry – Paul Henry & Brian Briggs February 16 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm £10.00   Seren Poetry Festival: NEW POETS...

Tuesday 20th February, 15:30

Join Norena Shopland, author of Forbidden Lives (Seren 2017), and Dr. Darren Leeworthy, author of Labour Country (Parthian, Forthcoming 2018) to discuss the history and heritage of LGBT life in south Wales.  The exhibition Celebrating LGBT Cardiff will be shown from 19th - 24th February.  This event is FREE but places are limited so please contact Glamorgan Archives to book. Tel. 029 2087 2299 Email: or visit

Wednesday 21st February, 19:30

The evening will feature Joe Dunthorne and Sophie McKeand plus open mic. Admission: £4/ FREE for Young Writers Group members. For further information phone : 01656 815757 (9am-1pm) or email:  To book, visit:  

Friday 23rd February, 19:45

Aberration Presents Forbidden Lives for LGBT History Month in Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio.  Join us for an evening of short talks and performances about the hidden histories of LGBT people in Wales (and a corner or two of England).  This fun and informative evening about lesbian, gay, bi and trans lives is part of LGBT History Month UK. It will include the Mid Wales launch of historian Norena Shopland’s new book, Forbidden Lives (Seren 2017) and an appearance by the Ladies of Llangollen. Plus a few surprises!  Norena's book is  a fascinating and thoroughly researched collection of true...

Tuesday 27th February, 10:00 to 14:00
Merthyr Tydfil

A warm welcome will be extended to anyone who'd like to join us at Merthyr College for our LGBT history month event. The day will be open to all and will focus on local LGBT history, services information and available resources. Also, there will be an opportunity to meet celebrated local LGBT author and historian Norena Shopland, plus other guest speakers.  Norena's book, Forbidden Lives (Seren 2017) is out now. The event has been organised in collaboration with Pride Cymru and The College Merthyr Tydfil and is hosted by Safer Merthyr Tydfil and Visible LGBT. // TUESDAY FEB 27th 2018 // 10am-...

Thursday 1st March, 19:30

Maggie Harris will be participating in a unique collaboration with leading local poets and the acclaimed cellist, Daniel Davies, performing across the counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The poets (typically 4 reading at each event) are drawn from a pool that includes: Kittie Belltree, Jackie Biggs, Annie Butler, Ron Geaves, Maggie Harris, Paul Steffan Jones, Dave Urwin and Richard Wheeler. Daniel will be playing short pieces (Improv and Classical) between the readings. Expect an evening of thought provoking, powerful, subtle, visceral wordsmithery from several award...

Friday 9th March, 14:15
St Andrews

In the StAnza Past & Present sessions, contemporary speakers share their enthusiasm for favourite past poets.  Polly Atkin, will be discussing Jane Cooper, an American poet whose work explores women's struggle to maintain meaningful artistic lives, most particularly in the years following WW2. Polly's first full collection, Basic Nest Architecture, was published by Seren in 2017. Also speaking will be Jan Baeke, who will be sharing his enthusiasm for H.H. ter Balkt, a Dutch poet who often returned to and revised his experimental, multiplicitous work. Sponsored by the Dutch Foundation for...

Sunday 11th March, 14:15
St Andrews

Don’t miss the final Border Crossings session of the festival! Reading today are two poets interested in site-specific poetry. Polly Atkin also explores in her work the intersections between poetry and Disability Studies, the written word and the body. Her first full collection, Basic Nest Architecture (Seren), appeared in 2017 and she’s previously won New Writing North's Andrew Waterhouse Prize for evoking “a strong sense of place or the natural environment”. She reads alongside Gerry Loose, whose work has won him many awards as well as being translated into a number of languages. His work...

Monday 9th April, 19:00

Singer-songwriter Brian Briggs (former frontman of indie-folk band Stornoway) and award-winning Welsh poet Paul Henry perform tracks from their new album 'The Glass Aisle'. 'The Glass Aisle' is a mesmerising collaboration of songs and poetry set on the Monmouthshire-Brecon canal, which has toured UK festivals and played on Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2's Folk Show.  Paul’s lyrics transport the listener deep into the frozen landscape on the cusp of spring through the portal of Brian’s pure tenor, in this piece filled with presences including poacher-fisherman John Moonlight, Marconi - who...

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