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 3rd October, 19:00

Enjoy an evening of live literature from three established and award-winning poets, David Clarke, Ross Cogan and Amanda Bonnick, as they take you on a thought provoking spoken word journey at The Hive. David Clarke Winner of the Michael Marks award in 2013, David’s first collection, Arc, was published by Nine Arches Press in 2015 and was longlisted for the Polari Prize. Scare Stories was published by V Press in 2017 and was named a Poetry School ‘Book of the Year.’ Ross Cogan Ross has published three collections: Stalin’s Desk (2005) and The Book I Never Wrote (2012) and Bragr (2018) with...

Saturday 5th October, 18:00 to 19:00

To kick off your Saturday evening at the Swansea Fringe, come and listen to three poets making waves in the Welsh literary scene and beyond. A past winner of the Welsh Poetry Competition, Rae Howells’ poems often have nature at their heart, exploring the importance of our deep human connection with the natural world. Taylor Edmonds has collaborated with BBC Sesh and the Nescio Ensemble, and writes poetry that comes from a feminist perspective, exploring what it's like to be all kinds of women in today's society. And, last but certainly not least, Costa Prize-winning Jonathan Edwards’ poems...

Wednesday 9th October, 15:30

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...

Saturday 12th October, 10:00
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Mary J. Oliver will join Sean Thomas, Paul Fiddes​ and Natasha Carthew​ at the North Cornwall Book Festival for thier 'Cream of Cornish' event, a free cabaret of varied readings from the work of writers with a strong Cornish connection, compered by novelist Patrick Gale. This year our four writers with strong ties to Cornwall could hardly vary more. Bestselling Sean Thomas, who also writes as Tom Knox, reads from the latest of his psychological thrillers written as S K Tremayne. Newlyn-based Mary J. Oliver reads from her debut, Jim Neat, a traumatic memoir of Cornish pioneering. Distinguished...

Tuesday 22nd October, 20:00

Katherine Stansfield will be reading alongside Frank Olding and John Jones at this monthly poetry happening organised by Ric Hool. Entry: £5 on the door