Seren Events

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

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...

Thursday 3rd May, 19:00

Come along on Thursday, 03 May 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 6th May, 19:00 to 21:00
Much Wenlock

An evening of poetry in historic Much Wenlock (home of Wenlock Poetry Festival) featuring Paul Henry, Jo Bell and Philip Gross.  This very special evening with Wenlock Poetry Festival to  mark the successes of past festivals and give an update of plans going forward. Central to the day will be a special celebration of the dedication of the Festival’s founder, Anna Dreda, to Much Wenlock as “a perfect place for poetry”.   PHILIP GROSS has published some twenty collections of poetry, most recently A Bright Acoustic (Bloodaxe, 2017). The Water Table won the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009, and Love Songs...

Thursday 10th May, 18:30

Discover the mysteries of Wales’ capital city with Peter Finch and Jon Gower in conversation, to celebrate the launch of Peter’s new book, Real Cardiff: The Flourishing City. 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, let Peter Finch guide you through Cardiff ancient and modern, in its everyday and its outlandish glory. Doors open: 18:30 Free event, all welcome – book to reserve your place:

Saturday 19th May, 18:30 to 20:00
St Davids

An illustrated talk by PHIL COPE, author of The Holy Wells of Wales: a photographic journey; Borderlands: new photographs and old tales of the sacred springs, holy wells and spas of the Wales / England borders; Holy Wells Cornwall; Holy Wells Scotland; and Sacred North 

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...

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....