Seren Events

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

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

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...

Saturday 20th October, 10:00 to 16:00

Nurture the Creative is an exploratory day using words and images to stimulate your own creative connection with your imagination to nurture yourself. The day will be led by poet Claire Williamson whose collection Visiting the Minotaur was published by Seren earlier this year and artist Frances King. The morning will be spent working gently with words in a person-centred way, and the afternoon will use art materials to consolidate thoughts, feelings and inspirations! No experience or skill in writing and art needed; this is an opportunity for playful exploration. Freshly made vegetarian lunch...

Saturday 20th October, 19:30

Polari and London Literature Festival unite for more literary sparkle and mayhem as the beloved salon celebrates 2018's best LGBTQ+ writing. Author Stella Duffy headlines this evening, where the winner of The Polari First Book Prize 2018 is revealed. Duffy is joined by  David Llewellyn, Matt Cain, Laura Kaye and Mark O’Connell, who all read from their latest works. David's new novel, A Simple Scale (Seren 2018) was described by Wales Arts Review as ‘a work of self-assured persuasive power, and the resounding artistic statement of a writer who has truly arrived. It is bold, it is brave, and it...

Saturday 20th October, 19:30

Writing It Out – A evening of unflinching poetry with Claire Williamson, Christina Thatcher, and Helen Calcutt. Each with her own unique approach approach to writing trauma they will share poems written directly from human experience, delving into themes of loss, grief, and the deep psychological effects of change.  Claire's inventive and intensely felt collection Visiting the Minotaur was published by Seren earlier this year. A Q&A session will take place after readings followed by book signings. Floor spots will also be available, with a limit of six places. To book your spot on a first...

Monday 22nd October, 18:30 to 21:30

Fiction Fiesta is an innovative programme of literary events celebrating fiction and poetry from Latin America alongside work by writers from Wales and the rest of the UK. This evening event – the first of two – will feature authors W.N. Herbert, Ailbhe Darcy & Andrés Ehrenhaus.  This is a free event – reserve your place here. W.N. Herbert, born in Dundee, is an internationally acclaimed poet who writes in English and Scots, and who has twice been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Herbert is the author of a dozen poetry collections, including the two volumes of Omnesia (2013) and...

Tuesday 23rd October, 17:30

The novelist and playwright Barney Norris and the pianist, composer and broadcaster David Owen Norris return to their college to discuss The Wellspring (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 explore the way a life is formed by what has come before, and the way we form that past as we go through our lives. The book is part memoir, part narrative of how music has changed and grown, and part discussion of the nature of cultural inheritance and of artistic...

Tuesday 23rd October, 18:30 to 21:30

Fiction Fiesta is an innovative programme of literary events celebrating fiction and poetry from Latin America alongside work by writers from Wales and the rest of the UK. The second of two evening events, this evening’s line-up will include readings from Jorge Fondebrider and Alexandra Teague, followed by a celebration of the release of Stowaway, Richard Gwyn’s new poetry collection. Wine and nibbles will be provided by Deli a GoGo. This is a free event – reserve your place here. Jorge Fondebrider is an Argentinian poet and essayist. Alongside four collections of poetry and numerous...

Tuesday 23rd October, 19:30

Join Cardiff expert and legend Peter Finch at Rhiwbina Library, Cardiff, where he will reveal some of the fascinating histories and eccentricities from his new book, Real Cardiff: The Flourishing City. A guide book with a difference, the latest Real Cardiff  takes you through Cardiff ancient and modern, in its everyday and its outlandish glory: from lost rivers and vanished roads to the culinary odyssey of City Road, from the ornate Mahogany Room above Burger King to the new high-rise centre. 7:30pm Free entry