Seren Events

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

Saturday 1st September, 10:00 to 23:00

Join Rhian Edwards and her fellow Seren poet, Costa Prize winning Jonathan Edwards, at Between the Trees, a unique festival in South Wales with a brilliant mix of live music, art, science and nature in the middle of the woods! Rhian is a multi-award winning poet. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren) won Wales Book of the Year 2013, the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry 2013 and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice 2013. It was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2012. Jonathan has also won numerous awards for his poetry and his debut collection, My...

Monday 3rd September, 11:15 to 16:45

Judy Brown will be holding one hour Poetry Surgeries at the Poetry Cafe.  Judy's  first poetry collection, Loudness, was published by Seren in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best first Collection and the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize.. Her most recent collection, Crowd Sensations (Seren 2016), was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Second Collection Prize.  This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis Judy, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing...

Monday 3rd September, 17:00 to Saturday 8th September, 10:00

Poetry Tutored Retreat with Jen Hadfield, William Letford and guest Katrina Naomi, whose second full collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, was published by Seren in 2016. Whether you consider yourself a beginner, or an experienced writer, Jen and Billy will be on hand to explore your poetry, offer support, motivation, and detailed advice through one-to-one tutorials. The rest of the week is yours – let Moniack Mhor’s inspiring landscape and homely atmosphere nourish your practice – whether you need time to focus, wander, read, dream. . . All poets with a work in progress are welcome....

Friday 7th September, 14:00

Kendal Library host a reading from two Cumbrian poets, Polly Atkin and Kate Davis. Polly’s collection Basic Nest Architecture (Seren, 2017) weaves together poems which explore both the natural landscape and the landscape of the body and the impact of illness. Kate’s first collection The Girl Who Forgot How To Walk will be published by Penned In The Margins in 2018. It tells the story of a small child who falls into the sea and explores disability across a shifting landscape.  Free entry, maximum numbers 30.  Booking ahead advised. For further information and to book visit the Festival website...

Friday 7th September, 18:30 to 19:30

Poems at The Park Hotel,  A brief literary history of one of Cardiff’s major landmarks with poet, author and critic Peter Finch. Peter is author of the hugely popular Real Cardiff  books, published by Seren and series editor for the 'Real' series. In his new book Real Cardiff The Flourishing City (Seren 2018), Peter tracks some of the creative outrages perpetrated in the name of literature at this 150-year old institution.  We’ll also hear a little about how, in an age of wind-power, the world’s greatest coal port has boomed again. Cardiff – as much a destination now as it is a place to live...

Friday 7th September, 19:30 to 21:30

Main Reading with Judy Brown and Kayo Chingonyi. Judy Brown was a popular Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust in 2013 and makes a welcome return to Cumbria. Her most recent collection Crowd Sensations (Seren, 2016) is a highly original exploration of both city and rural landscape. Kayo Chingonyi’s debut collection Kumukanda (Chatto, 2017) is a compelling examination of identity and masculinity and the influence of grime music. Kayo is well-known for the energy and dynamism of his performances. Dove Cottage Young Poets Sophie Hansen and
 Em Humble will also be performing during this...

Friday 7th September, 19:30

The Friday night Festival fixture showcases some of Wales’ most exciting and engrossing poets. Expect words of wonder from Elizabeth Parker, Claire Williamson, Ross Cogan, Rhian Elizabeth, Mari Ellis Dunning and Rhys Owain Williams. Three of tonight's poets have had collections published by Seren this year: Elizabeth Parker's first full collection of poems, In Her Shambles, a notable debut from a talented young author; Claire Williamson's inventive and intensely felt collection, Visiting the Minotaur and Ross Cogan's startling new collection, Bragr. Rhian Elizabeth's debut novel Six Pounds...

Saturday 8th September, 20:00

Sarah Philpott is the author of the cookbook The Occasional Vegan (Seren 2018)  a collection of 70 simple, affordable and delicious recipes, suitable for newcomers and long-time vegans alike, that will keep you well-fed and healthy. Sarah's  recipes are accompanied by the story of her own journey to becoming a vegan, exploring the ethical and lifestyle arguments for a plant-based diet.  Sarah will be in conversation with local boy Gaz Oakley who is returning to the city in which he became a chef aged 15. Since changing his diet Gaz has become one of the world’s most watched vegan chefs. Using...

Sunday 9th September, 17:00

David Llewellyn’s new book, A Simple Scale (Seren, August 2018) and Gary Raymond’s, The Golden Orphans, are literary thrillers with a stunning sense of history. One mixes the personal with the political in a journey through 30s Leningrad, 50s California and post-9/11 New York. The other transports us to “the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war”, where a terrible secret lies. Both are impossible to put down until the end, when you’ll want to start reading from the beginning again. Tickets £5.00/£3.00 or £25/£12 for weekend wristband. For further...

Sunday 16th September, 14:00 to 16:00

Octavo's welcomes you to the Sunday Sessions - music and poetry every other Sunday. This week featuring Claire Williamson, whose inventive and intensely felt collection Visiting the Minotaur was published by Seren in April 2018.  For further information visit: