Seren Events

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

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...

Thursday 14th November, 20:00
Menai Bridge, Ynys Môn

Join us for the launch of Zoë Skoulding's new collection Footnotes to Water celebrating World Poetry Movement's month of global poems for peace.  Footnotes to Water is Zoë's fifth collection for Seren and imagines a river as a transverse section, cutting through urban and rural spaces, connecting places that are themselves in flux.​ With guest readings from Fiona Cameron, Peter Hughes, Rhys Trimble and Lee Duggan plus music from The Groceries (Alan Holmes).

Thursday 21st November, 11:00 to Saturday 4th January, 16:30

Acclaimed photographer David Hurn’s latest exhibition in Wales will present a series of images shot within a 25 mile radius of the Workers Gallery in the Rhondda valley between 1967 to the present, David became a member of the prestigious Magnum Agency in 1967, and during the seventies established the acclaimed School of Documentary Photography at Newport, Wales. Since leaving there he has photographed and taught around the world. He has published two books of photography for Seren, Writing the Picture (Seren 2010) and Living in Wales (Seren 2003).  Gallery open  Thursday, Friday &...

Saturday 23rd November, 14:00

Tamar Yoseloff will read at the launch of the Loss Issue (Magma 75), where we will celebrate the past, memorialise the lost and look to the future with poems that are beautiful, moving and alive. Come and explore how to reconnect with lost roots, make sense of a country that is losing its unity – and find out how some losses can bring unexpected gains. This issue of Magma features commissioned poems written during a collaboration between poets, counsellors and psychologists. Tamar's new collection The Black Place (Seren 2019) is a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that eschews the...

Saturday 23rd November, 16:00
Craven Arms

Join us to celebrate the launch of  What Remains at the End,  Alexandra Ford's intriguing debut novel of personal relationships played out against some of the very worst results of realpolitik, where human life is subjugated to political and national ideology. Reading and book signing followed by wine and cake. Free Entry. 

Monday 25th November, 19:00

Seren invites you to the launch of the new collection by Tamar Yoseloff, The Black Place (Seren 2019), a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that eschews the sentimental, embraces alternatives and offers antidotes to cheery capitalist hype. The book's subjects include Georgia O'Keeffe, the poet's cancer diagnosis and treatment, and the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Special guests Tim Dooley, Sue Rose, Claire Crowther and Anne Berkeley. Free Entry.

Tuesday 26th November, 18:30

Zoë Skoulding is one of three poets who will read from their new collections exploring place, looking at how human lives interact with other perspectives on urban and rural environments. Zoë's latest collection Footnotes to Water (Seren 2019) is her fifth collection for Seren and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. in which she imagines a river as a transverse section, cutting through urban and rural spaces, connecting places that are themselves in flux.​ Also reading will be Helen Tookey and Eleanor Rees. For further information visit:

Thursday 28th November, 19:00

Paul Deaton will be reading at Exeter’s poetry platform 'Uncut Poets'. Paul's work appears regularly in The Spectator and is featured in various magazines and anthologies including PN Review, The London Magazine. His collection A Watchful Astronomy (Seren 2017) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Also reading will be Veronica Aaronson. Admission: £5/£3. For further information and to book visit:

Friday 29th November, 10:00

10-3pm - Re: Memory - a full day drawing and writing workshop with writer Mary J. Oliver and artist Alessandra Ausenda.  7-9pm - Mary J. Oliver will read from her debut book Jim Neat, plus a screening of Alessandra Ausenda's work, followed by discussion.   Bookings for both events to be made through

Friday 29th November, 19:00

Join us evening of poetry from Hercules Editions. There will be readings from Martyn Crucefix, Sophie Herxheimer and Jacqueline Saphra, as well as Hercules founder, Tamar Yoseloff, whose latest collection The Black Place (Seren 2019)  is a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that eschews the sentimental, embraces alternatives and offers antidotes to cheery capitalist hype. Martyn Crucefix's most recent collection for Seren was The Lovely Disciplines (2017) in which he displays his characteristic flair, craft and intelligence, Admission is Free.  For further information and to express...

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