Seren Events

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

Wednesday 28th August, 18:30
Hay-on-Wye

Join Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack at the The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye for a celebration of 'Poems from the Borders'.  Poems from The Borders is part of Seren’s pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. Featured poems range from “the spine of the A470”, through Monmouthshire, over the dramatic Brecon Beacons, and also through the Black Mountains towards Hay-on-Wye, towns in Herefordshire and Radnorshire and along rivers, the Wye and Severn.​ The poems will be read by Christopher Meredith, Maggie Harris, Rhiannon Hooson, Emma van Woerkom, Charlie Wilkinson, Nicholas Murray,...

Thursday 29th August, 19:30
Bradford on Avon

Come and join us at Bradford on Avon's popular reading series, Words & Ears with guest poets Jonathan Edwards and Michelle Diaz. Jonathan's first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award. It was also shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018)  and was the winner of the People's Choice Award, Wales Book of the Year 2019. Tickets £4.00 on the door. Bring a poem, story or song to share, or just bring yourself. All performers and...

Thursday 5th September, 09:00 to Friday 6th September, 17:00
London

Deryn Rees-Jones is among the speakers at this conference which takes place at the close of the first, historic, UK Poet Laureateship held by a woman, the contemporary British poet, Carol Ann Duffy.  It evaluates forty-five years of Duffys' literary work in the light of ten years of her public engagement with the people of the United Kingdom and the world as the country’s literary figurehead. Deryn has just published her fifth poetry collection, Erato (Seren 2019) which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. For further information about the conference and to book visit: www....

Thursday 5th September, 12:30
St. Just, Penzance

Katherine Stansfield will be in conversation with Pat Parry at this literary festival taking place at the annual Cornish Gorsedh.  The event is part of a series of interviews with Holyer an Gof Publishers' Awards authors, and also features Sue Ellery-Hill, Lesley Trotter, and Dick Cole.  Katherine's debut collection of poetry, Playing House, was published by Seren and her novel The Magpie Tree won the Holyer an Gof prize. Free Entry.

Friday 6th September, 18:00
Avebury

Andrew-George Perutz gives an exciting glimpse into the hidden life of his grandmother Baroness Alessandra Kozlowska.  Alessandra's journey takes her from Russia through Poland, Austria and finally to Italy. She and her family surviv the Russian uprising, the Russian revolition and two world wars. Her life foes from feast to famine, from oil wells and a 48 room palace to imprisonment in Southern Italy; from giving shelter to the president of the Russian Duma just days before the assassination of the Tsar and his family, to providing a refuge for the American Embassy personnel and others in...

Saturday 7th September, 14:00 to 16:00
Cheltenham

As part of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival acclaimed poet, Jonathan Edwards, will be holding a Masterclass followed by a reading from Jonathan and poets who attend the class. The workshop will begin with a close reading of Simon Armitage’s brilliant poem ‘Not the Furniture Game,’ as a way of exploring how metaphor can be used effectively in character sketches. By working through a couple of different writing exercises and strategies, participants will then work towards writing a poem about someone they love. Tickets: £18/£15. Only 8 places are available so early booking is advised. For further...

Thursday 19th September, 17:45

Two award-winning South Wales poets come to Central Library Hub as we celebrate three years of Open Space events with writers noted for their insightful and empathetic observations on family and daily life. Jonathan Edwards’ first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. With his second collection, Gen (Seren 2018), also recently a winner of the latter award, his characteristic humour & warmth have made him one of Wales’ most popular contemporary poets. Clare E. Potter has won the...

Thursday 3rd October, 10:00 to Thursday 12th December, 18:00

In ‘Pied Beauty,’ Gerard Manley Hopkins insists we celebrate ‘all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.’ Yet the truth is that for most poets the day job is a chore, a necessary evil which stands between us and a day writing poems, but also pays for our writing time. There are a number of exciting ways in which poets have written about work, and this course will draw on their approaches to help generate new poems. Firstly, there are the voices of working-class poets like Geoff Hattersley and Fred Voss, in touch with the routines of the shop floor and the rage of class identity. For other...

Wednesday 9th October, 15:30
Cheltenham

Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the finest minds of her generation.  Friend and biographer Peter J Conradi, novelist Charlotte Mendelson and journalist Alex Clark mark her centenary year. Conradi is English Professor Emeritus at Kingston University. He is an author and journalist, and is known as the official biographer of Iris Murdoch, whose essays and letters he also collected and edited, in separate volumes. His latest book is a memoir, Family Business, which was published by Seren earlier this year. Tickets are £8.00 plus booking fee. For...

Monday 4th November, 00:00 to Saturday 9th November, 00:00
Hebden Bridge

Deryn Rees-Jones, Sasha Dugdale and Mark Ford are the tutors on this course for experienced poets who wish to advance their writing through the careful reading of other poets’ work. Over the week you will be exposed to a wide range of international and British work and we’ll look together at how you can use this work to develop your own poetics, themes and concerns. There will also be opportunities to focus on assembling a volume for publication and the final editing processes. The course is held in the wonderful setting of Lumb Bank. The house stands in 20 acres of steep woodland and has a...

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