Seren Events

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

Friday 17th April, 20:00

Friday 17th April - 8pm UK Join us to celebrate the publication of Cath Drake's debut poetry collection The Shaking City  live on Zoom. Cath will read alongside guest poets Kate Potts (currently shortlisted for The Moth Prize) & Karen McCarthy Woolf. We will also host a Q&A.  For more details on how to join, please contact sarahjohson@serenbooks.com and quote the date of the event.

Saturday 18th April, 12:00

Saturday 18th April - 7pm Perth, Australia / 12pm UK Join us to celebrate the publication of Cath Drake's debut poetry collection The Shaking City  live on Zoom from anywhere in the world!​ Cath will read alongside guest poets TS Eliot prize winner Philip Gross & fellow West Aussie poet Claire Potter. We will also host a Q&A.  For more details on how to join, please contact sarahjohson@serenbooks.com and quote the date of the event.

Thursday 7th May, 19:30

After the success of our first ever virtual First Thursday with Lynne Hjelmgaard and Mary J. Oliver, we are repeating virtual First Thursday next month when we'll be hosting a special event with Poetry Wales. We’ll be joined by PW editor Jonathan Edwards and several guest readers who are all published in the forthcoming issue. Keep an eye on this page for the full details coming soon. 

Monday 18th May, 00:00 to Friday 22nd May, 00:00
Cricieth, Gwynedd

This five day residential course is hosted by award-winning Welsh poet Paul Henry and singer-songwriter Brian Briggs – former frontman of indie-folk band Stornoway. Their collaboration, The Glass Aisle (Seren 2018), is a mesmerising collaboration of songs and poetry. On this course we’ll explore the borders between poems and song lyrics. Through group workshops and one-to-one tutorials, we’ll look at what poetry and songwriting can learn from each other, considering the influences of melody and rhythm. Turning poems into song lyrics and vice versa, we’ll explore how words behave differently...

Thursday 11th June, 18:30
Penzance

Join us for the launch of Katrina Naomi's new collection Wild Persistence. This is Katrina's third collection and her first since she moved from London to Cornwall. Tickets are free on the door.

Sunday 5th July, 10:00 to 17:00
Brampton Bryan

Join us for a summer celebration of poetry  hosted by Aardvark Books.  The guest list is headed by Owen Sheers, Jonathan Edwards, Pauline Prior Pitt and Char March. Owen Sheer's first collection, The Blue Book (Seren, 2000), was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize Best First Collection and Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year 2001. Skirrid Hill, his second collection, won a Somerset Maugham Prize in 2006 and was longlisted for Welsh Book of the Year. Jonathan's latest collection Gen (Seren, 2018)  received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award.  His first collection, My...

Monday 19th October, 12:00 to Saturday 24th October, 09:48
Cricieth

This masterclass is aimed at committed poets aiming to further develop their writing. The tutors are former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and Jonathan Edwards whose first collection, the Costa Prize winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), also received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, as did his second collection Gen (Seren 2018). The week will feature a group workshop each morning to prompt the creation of new poems, individual writing time, and free afternoons for writing or gaining inspiration from Tŷ Newydd’s beautiful surroundings. You will also...