Seren Events

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

Thursday 24th January, 19:00 to Thursday 28th March, 21:00

Expand your voice with the thoughts, lives and feelings of others ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’– Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird From Robert Browning to Carol Ann Duffy, Patience Agbabi to Simon Armitage, a number of writers have explored the joy of how writing from the point of view of someone – or something – else can free the creative shackles and unleash poems of great power. In this online course, Costa Award-winning poet will help you will explore a range of things that...

Sunday 27th January, 10:00 to Sunday 17th March, 17:00
Llanbedrog

The 2019 programme at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw willl start with a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of Jonah Jones. Jonah Jones (17 February 1919 – 29 November 2004) was born Leonard Jones near Wardley, Tyne and Wear in the North East of England, but became known as a Welsh sculptor, artist-craftsman and writer. His father had been a coalminer before being invalided in the First World War; the family endured considerable poverty through the 1920s and 1930s. Registering in the Second World War as a conscientious objector, Jonah Jones at first worked in forestry, but later enlisted in...

Monday 18th February, 18:30 to 20:00
Birmingham

Verve Festival’s Friday evening poetry headline features three renowned contemporary poets. Amy Key’s second collection Isn’t Forever is published by Bloodaxe in 2018 and was a Poetry Book Society Wild Card choice. Carrie Etter is a distinguished poet and academic who has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Her new Seren collection, The Weather in Normal, was a Poetry Book Society Winter 2018 Recommendation. Jane Yeh was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014. Her third collection of poems is forthcoming from Carcanet in March 2019 and...

Tuesday 19th February, 10:30
Cardiff

A Day of Reflection on the Poetry of War and Peace in Wales As the events marking the centenary of the First World War draw to a close, Literature Wales invites you to a day of reflection and discussion on war and peace; with readings, commissioned lectures, performances and presentations from some of Wales’ leading poets and writers. The event is sponsored by the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford AM and organised by Literature Wales with support from the Welsh Government’s Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 First World War Centenary Programme. Holy Glimmers of Goodbyes will...

Friday 8th March, 10:00
St. Andrews

Breakfast at the Poetry Café: Another Place. Enjoy your breakfast sunny side up at the festival’s Poetry Café. Our breakfast discussion events offer a relaxed start to the day with a group of poets and other festival participants exploring this year’s festival themes over coffee and pastries. Fiona Moore is guest chair for this panel discussion. She will be joined by poets Polly Atkin, whose debut collection Basic Nest Architecture was published by Seren in 2017. Also on the panel will be Alice Tarbuck, Jon Plunkett and Harry Giles. Tickets: £4.75/£3.75. For further information and to book...

Sunday 10th March, 14:15
St Andrews

Don’t miss the final Border Crossings session of this festival, in which two poets draw from a wide range of influences. Richard Gwyn is a poet and translator whose most recent collection, Stowaway: A Levantine Adventure (Seren 2018) centres around an unnamed protagonist, a kind of anti-Ulysses, and this character’s journeys around the eastern Mediterranean. Richard will be reading alongside Arne Rautenberg, an award-winning German poet translated into English by Ken Cockburn. Arne’s playful work ranges from concrete poetry to writing for children through to exuberant and experimental sound...

Friday 22nd March, 10:37
Teignmouth

Paul Deaton will be appearing at the Teignmouth Poetry Festival with ​Julie-ann Rowell & Ronnie Aaronson. Paul's collection A Watchful Astronomy (Seren 2017) is a Poetry Book Society recommendation.  

Saturday 4th May, 16:00
Cheltenham

Join two fantastic Seren poets, reading their work at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Ross Cogan’s startling collection Bragr (Seren 2018) connects with the dynamic dreamtime of nature and magic. The hauntingly beautiful poems reinvent Norse myth and legend to explore urgent environmental issues such as habitat loss and global warming. A rigorous intelligence meets an adept sensitivity in the debut collection by Paul Deaton. A Watchful Astronomy (Seren 2017). The poems offer a meditation on loss and renewal, and cast their gaze to the sky above, and the earth below. Tickets: £7.00/£5.00 (+...

Saturday 4th May, 16:00
Cheltenham

Join two fantastic Seren poets, reading their work at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Ross Cogan’s startling collection Bragr (Seren 2018) connects with the dynamic dreamtime of nature and magic. The hauntingly beautiful poems reinvent Norse myth and legend to explore urgent environmental issues such as habitat loss and global warming. A rigorous intelligence meets an adept sensitivity in the debut collection by Paul Deaton. A Watchful Astronomy (Seren 2017). The poems offer a meditation on loss and renewal, and cast their gaze to the sky above, and the earth below. Tickets: £7.00/£5.00 (+...

Monday 15th July, 14:00 to Saturday 20th July, 12:00
Cricieth

This course, led by Jonathan Edwards and Patience Agbabai,  will engage with the idea of poetry as play, exploring the joy of messing about with the shape and noise of language, and the seriously great directions this method can lead a poem. Workshops will explore a range of approaches, from the monologue to traditional forms, from the surreal to the love poem. We will draw inspiration from classical myth and from popular culture to create poems that vibrate on and off the page. Individual tutorials will be tailored closely to each participants’ needs, to ensure that whatever your experience...

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