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...

Saturday 2nd November, 19:00
Aberystwyth

Mary J. Oliver and Lynne Hjelmgaard read from their new books Jim Neat and A Second Whisper at Broc Mor shop in Aberystwyth. They will be joined by local poet Chris Armstrong reading from his collection Mostly Welsh.

Monday 4th November, 10:00
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...

Thursday 7th November, 18:00
Machynlleth

Join Christopher Meredith at Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop in Machynlleth for readings from his short story collection Brief Lives. More details coming soon. 

Thursday 7th November, 19:00
Penzance

Mary J. Oliver and playwright, poet and storyteller Anna Murphy join Katrina Naomi for the Penzance Poetry Parlour. Doors open at 7pm, readings start at 7:30. Plus popcorn, cava and a Q & A.  Tickets: £6 on the door

Monday 11th November, 19:00
London

Join us at The Poetry Cafe in London for the official launch of Jim Neat by Mary J. Oliver and A Second Whisper by Lynne Hjelmgaard.  An evening of readings from both new books, followed by a Q & A chaired by Amy Wack.  More details coming soon.   About the books Jim Neat is an unusual and striking coalescing of prose, poetry, found documents and photographs. It ranges across the history of 20th century England and Canada as she uncovers the life of her father, Jim Neat (b. 1904). She adopts a legal structure, making ‘the case’ for the worth of Jim’s life in a fascinating memoir of a...

Friday 29th November, 10:00
Penzance

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 www.hypatia-trust.org.uk