Seren Events

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

Thursday 27th June, 18:00

Open Eye Gallery is delighted to host Deryn Rees-Jones’ launch of her fifth poetry collection, Erato (Seren 2019) , a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Named after the muse of love and lyric poetry, Erato combines documentary-style prose narratives with poems to explore the relationship between the private and the public, and the role of poetry in an increasingly hostile world. Refreshments will be available throughout with a book signing and musical performance by Alex Costello on double bass. Admission is free and all are welcome. For further information visit:

Friday 28th June, 19:45 to 22:45

Come and celebrate The Cellar Bards 7th birthday with our special guest, top poet and Costa Poetry Award winner, Jonathan Edwards. Open mic as usual, just put your name down at the door. There will be cake! Doors open 7.45pm.

Tuesday 2nd July, 13:00

Ahead of the publication of her new book The Longest Farewell, Nula Suchet will be appearing at Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 2nd July for a disucssion with Renée Fleming about the health benefits of music. Following a presentation by Ms Fleming on the power of music as it relates to health, including childhood development, music therapy, and discoveries that are changing our understanding of the brain, Nula and a panel of experts will join her on stage to discuss how listening, performing, or creating music can contribute to wellbeing. Joining Ms Flemming in conversation will be:  Iva Fattorini -...

Thursday 4th July, 19:30

Join us at Chapter Arts centre on Thursday 4th July to celebrate some wonderful works of fiction by Jayne Joso and Katie Munnik, as well as poems by the excellent Zoe Brigley. The event will host readings from all three writers and will be followed by an open mic. Entry £3.  Jayne Joso's most recent novel From Seven to the Sea explores the emotions of childhood and an almost limitless capacity for imagination, invention, and fearlessness as it charts the survival of seven-year-old Esther as she negotiates her mother and stepfather’s dysfunction, and a school environment that exposes her to...

Sunday 7th July, 10:30 to 17:00
Brampton Bryan, Bucknell

Join us for a feast of poetry from 10.30-5pm at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan, with poets Jonathan Edwards, (Costa Poetry Winner 2014), Paul Henry, Pauline Prior-Pitt, and very special guest Gillian Clarke, former National Poet of Wales, and founder of Ty Newydd. There will also be an abundance of poetic activities, including interviews, conversation with Jenny Swann and Deborah Alma, and appearances by Jean Atkin, Thirza Clout, poetry prescriptions by the Emergency Poet, and more. The day is curated by Anna Dreda, of Wenlock Books, founder of Wenlock Poetry Festival, with her trademark...

Tuesday 9th July, 22:00

On Tuesday 9th July, Peter J. Conradi will appear on a special episode of Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3 discussing Iris Murdoch and The Sovereignty of Good. Listen on the day from 10pm.

Friday 12th July, 19:30 to 21:30

Jonathan Edwards Jonathan Edwards’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 shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen, was published by Seren in 2018. He has read his poems on BBC radio and television, recorded them for the Poetry Archive, and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. He lives in Crosskeys, South Wales, and works as a teacher.   Zoë Brigley Thompson Zoë Brigley Thompson, originally from Maesteg in Wales,...

Sunday 14th July, 16:00

On Sunday 14th July Peter J. Conradi will appear on the panel of BBC Radio 4's Open Book for a special episode discussing Iris Murdoch on the eve of her centenary. Listen from 4pm.

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

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...

Monday 15th July, 19:00

On Monday 15th July, Peter J. Conradi will be giving an after dinner address at the Iris Murdoch Centenary Conference, St Anne's College, Oxford. The conference marks the centenary of Dame Iris Murdoch, ones of the twentieth century's greatest thinkers and writers. If you are interested in attending the two day conference, please contact Mile Leeson, Director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre, at    2019 marks the centenary of the one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers and writers, Iris Murdoch. Born on the 15th July 1919, she would go on to have a long and...

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