Seren Events

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

Sunday 4th August, 10:00 to 22:30
Solva

Jonathan Edwards was born and grew up in south Wales. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick and currently works as an English teacher. He won the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a Literature Wales new writer’s bursary in 2011, and in 2012 won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award. His poems have appeared in many magazines including The Poetry Review, The North, Poetry Wales and New Welsh Review. His first collection My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014) was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection...

Sunday 4th August, 11:15
Solva

Emily Hinshelwood will be reading at the Edge Festival in beautiful Pembrokeshire. Her work is included Poems from Pembrokeshire, part of Seren’s new pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. Emily is a writer, performer and community arts facilitator in south Wales whose poetry has been published in many literary magazines. She has won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport prize and the Forward Prize for the best individual poem. Her collection On Becoming a Fish was published by Seren in 2012. All day tickets £25/Day only until 6 pm £20/...

Sunday 4th August, 12:45
Solva

Peter Finch will be reading at the Edge Festival in beautiful Pembrokeshire. His work is included Poems from Pembrokeshire, part of Seren’s new pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. Peter is a poet, author and critic who lives in Cardiff.  He is author of the hugely popular Real Cardiff  books, published by Seren and series editor for the 'Real' series. He has published numerous poetry titles including  Zen Cymru, Useful, Poems for Ghosts and Selected Later Poems from Seren. Peter is also the author of The Roots of Rock, from Cardiff to Mississippi  and Back (Seren 2015), which...

Sunday 4th August, 13:30
Solva

Join us at the Edge Festival on Sunday 4th August, 1:30 pm onwards to celebrate the launch of Real Preseli by John Osmond. See him in conversation with 'Real' series editor Peter Finch as they discuss 'life at the end of the line' and the hidden wonders waiting to be discovered amongst the bare hills, big skies, dramatic coastlines, bays and headlands of the 'Real Preseli.' Admission to this event is free but tickets for the Edge Festival can be purchased here: https://www.edgefestival.co.uk/tickets-1

Wednesday 7th August, 14:00
Coleford, Forest of Dean

Elizabeth Parker, whose debut collection of poems In Her Shambles was published by Seren in 2018, is hosting a wonderful free music and poetry event  in her parents' garden nursery in the heart of the Forest of Dean. The event is the launch of composer  Justin Nicholl's new jazz symphony Wye Valley Seasons which celebrates the seasons in the Wye Valley. Justin will be accompanied by musicians and a choir. During interludes in the music, four Forest of Dean poets, including Elizabeth, will be reading poems connected to the seasons, nature and The Wye Valley. There will be two performances, at...

Friday 9th August, 12:30 to 13:30
Llangwm

Join Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack at the Llangwm Literature Festival for a celebration of 'Poems from Pembrokeshire'.  Poems from Pembrokeshire is part of Seren's pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. An area of supreme but also disquieting beauty, Pembrokeshire has been the home to saints and pirates, the cradle of Tudor Kings and subject to oil spills and annual invasions of summer visitors. The undeniable loveliness of its off-shore islands: Ramsey, Grassholm, and Caldey, contrasts with the often harsh life of settlers, of monks and sea-fishing folk of the past, such as the...

Saturday 17th August, 18:00
London

Novelist Jayne Joso will be reading at Clapham Books independent bookshop for their summer celebration. Jayne will be reading from both My Falling Down House (Seren 2016), recipient of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Award. and her latest novel From Seven to the Sea (Seren 2019) which explores the emotions of childhood and an almost limitless capacity for imagination, invention, and fearlessness. For further details visit: www.claphambooks.com

Saturday 17th August, 18:00
London

Novelist Jayne Joso will be reading at Clapham Books independent bookshop for their summer celebration. Jayne will be reading from both My Falling Down House (Seren 2016), recipient of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Award. and her latest novel From Seven to the Sea (Seren 2019) which explores the emotions of childhood and an almost limitless capacity for imagination, invention, and fearlessness. For further details visit: www.claphambooks.com

Monday 19th August, 21:16 to Saturday 24th August, 21:16
Cricieth

Led by Deryn Rees-Jones and Katrina Naomi, This course will draw on a range of examples from contemporary poetry that could assist us to develop our own writing, as well as consider various ways in which we might respond to political circumstance, both with reference to the wider world and with issues that affect us directly. As we address the ongoing challenges of continuing to develop our personal poetics there will also be opportunities to think about the processes involved in assembling poetic sequences and gathering poems into a full-length collection. Deryn Rees-Jones is a poet, editor...

Wednesday 21st August, 14:00
Tenby

As part of our Pembrokeshire Poetry Summer Tour, poetry editor Amy Wack will be joined by Tony Curtis, Br. David Hodges, Samantha Rhydderch, George Sandifer-Smith, A.C. Bevan and others for readings from Poems from Pembrokeshire, part of Seren's pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. Further contributors are welcome. For information contact Tenby Museum and Art Gallery: Tel. 01834 842809/ Email: info@tenbymuseum.org.uk