Seren Events

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

Saturday 21st April, 17:30 to 19:00

Owen Sheers will introduce a screening of the The Green Hollow: an extraordinary memorial to the 1966 Aberfan disaster. The BBC commissioned Sheers to write a film-poem, including performances by Michael Sheen, Jonathan Pryce, and Sian Phillips, to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster in 2016. Faber and Faber are now bringing this powerful and hugely moving film-poem into print in a beautiful hardback edition of The Green Hollow this April. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Owen Sheers and a chance to buy and have your book signed. ​The Green Hollow is a...

Saturday 21st April, 19:15

An evening of poetry where Martyn will be reading new poems. Other readers are Frogmore Papers editor, Jeremy Page, MsLexia Competition prize-winner, Bryony Littlefair, Jude Willetts and Marvin Orville. There will also be an open mic. Martyn's most recent collection, The Lovely Disciplines, was published by Seren in 2017. Entrance: £4.00/£3.00 concessions. For further information visit Poetry in Palmers Green.

Saturday 21st April, 19:30 to 23:30

The final night of the Aber Writing Fest will kick off with novelist Tyler Keevil and his musician brother Jonathan Keevil performing a dramatized reading with music. Next up poet Giles L. Turnbull will share his work followed by Seren poet and musician Rhian Edwards, known for her dazzling performance style. Tyler Keevil is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and short story author from Vancouver; his brother Jonathan Keevil is a musician and filmmaker who composed the soundtrack for the indie hit film Bellflower. To celebrate the UK launch of Tyler’s new novel, No Good Brother (...

Sunday 22nd April, 15:30

Ben Wilkinson will be reading from his debut collection Way More Than Luck (Seren 2018). From the thumping heartbeat of the distance runner to the roar of football terraces across the decades the collection confronts the struggles and passions that come to shape a life. Tickets: £5.00 - £7.00. For further information and to book visit the Festival website: or ring the Box Office on 01242 220860.

Sunday 22nd April, 17:00

Jonathan Edwards’ Costa Prize winning collection My Family and Other Superheroes  (Seren 2014) was described as ‘joyful and dynamic – a collection that’ll make you laugh and make you think’ by the Costa Prize judges.  Jonathan shares life-affirming poems featuring a motley crew of heroes.  Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun and a recalcitrant hippo all leap from these pages and jostle for position. With a voice which fuses pop culture references and surrealism, Jonathan’s work is dazzlingly inventive and highly entertaining. Jonathan is joined by...

Sunday 22nd April, 19:00

Martyn Crucefix will be reading from his seventh collection, The Lovely Disciples (Seren 2017). Martyn has won numerous prizes including a major Eric Gregory award and a Hawthornden Fellowship . His work has been described as ‘superbly intelligent, urgent, heartfelt, controlled and masterful’ by Poetry London. The Lovely Disciplines  steps straight into a contemporary world where cursors blink, people Skype, consult Google Street View and make erotically-charged visits to the opticians. Acuteness of observation is one of the ‘lovely disciplines’ in this beautifully accomplished book. Martyn...

Friday 27th April, 20:00
Chipping Norton

Paul Henry will be reading from his new collection The Glass Aisle  (Seren 2018). The collection, which is Paul's tenth, contains lyrical love poems, elegies and observations from his Welsh childhood, moving between rage and stillness, past and present, music and silence.  Tickets: £7.00. Visit the Festival website for further information and to book:

Saturday 28th April, 19:00

Come along on Saturday, April 28th for the launch of author Naomi Kruger's debut novel, May, a contemplative tale of what it means to carry the past with you and the power of letting it go. Naomi will discuss the book before taking audience questions and signing copies of the book, which will be available to purchase on the night. This event is free to attend.    

Sunday 29th April, 14:00 to Friday 29th June, 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 last workshop is the Oak Room in the Bluecoat.  The...

Monday 30th April, 19:00

Doors: 7.00pm, with welcome drink Event: 7.30pm-8.45pm Featuring: Poets - Claire Williamson, Elizabeth Parker, Bob Walton, Paul Deaton and Violinist - John Pearce Stay for signing and mingling Claire Williamson's new collection, Visiting the Minotaur: 'With each book, Claire Williamson’s poetry draws closer to the true and unselfconscious marriage of the mythic and the personal. The sometimes painful material of a life gains depth and resonance, while the figures of myth draw closer, to inhabit tender, energetic bodies in this world – bodies that may be endangered, may be dangerous, and may...