Seren Events

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

Thursday 20th February, 18:30

This talk, by Professor Damian Walford Davies,  will explore what Keats knew about the disease, and how he imagined it; it also identifies in his poetry and letters complex moments of speculation about the different contemporary theories of tuberculosis. These theories focused his preoccupations and anxieties about inheritance and birthrights, individual poethood, imaginative engagement and fantasies of power. ​Damian Walford Davies is Pro Vice-Chancellor (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) at Cardiff University He is a poet, writer and librettist and the author of four Seren...

Saturday 22nd February, 12:00

Take a walk on the wild side to explore the extraordinary power that animals can bring into your poems. Led by Jonathan Edwards, this course will celebrate and facilitate poems which come fluttering, roaring, snarling and crawling into our lives. Participants will explore different approaches, from description to monologue, narrative to the surreal, as a way of getting the energy of animals into our writing. The course takes place in Bristol which, in sites like The Wild Place Project and with its interesting urban wildlife, is a place with excellent access to the wild. There will be three...

Sunday 23rd February, 13:00 to 15:00

“So this is how we love – by these doodles”. So runs the definition of writing poems which appears in Glyn Maxwell’s wonderful book On Poetry. From Seamus Heaney’s Follower to Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture, many of the best and most emotive poems are written for and about those people the writers love. The workshop will begin with a close reading of Simon Armitage’s brilliant poem Not the Furniture Game, as a way of exploring how metaphor can be used effectively in character sketches. By working through a couple of different writing exercises and strategies, participants will work towards writing...

Sunday 23rd February, 18:00

The final headline event of the festival brings three vital poets together to read and talk about their work. Jonathan Edwards‘ latest collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), follows his acclaimed and Costa Book Award for Poetry winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren 2014). Deryn Rees-Jones‘ latest collection Erato (Seren, 2019) is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Award and follows her recent selected poems, What It’s Like to be Alive (Seren 2014). Mimi Khalvait‘s latest collection, Afterwardsness (Carcanet, 2019) follows previous gems such as The Meanest Flower, Child and The Weather Wheel, all...

Tuesday 25th February, 19:00

Tamar Yoseloff will be reading at the POSK Gallery. as part of 'Impressions', an exhibition of original prints by eight west London artists. Tamar's latest collection The Black Place (Seren 2019) is a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that eschews the sentimental, embraces alternatives and offers antidotes to cheery capitalist hype. Also reading will be Kate Noakes whose work features in the exhibition.  Admission is free.

Wednesday 26th February, 18:30

Come along to hear from some of the UK's most dynamic poets as they present new work in response to Flat Time House's exhibition, The Bard: William Blake at Flat Time House (the late artist John Latham's home and archive in Peckham).  Several poets, among them Tamar Yoseloff, Iain Sinclair, Keith Jarrett, Chris McCabe and Robert Montgomery - have been commissioned to write in response to the life and work of William Blake and/or in response to that other creator of cosmologies, John Latham. Tamar's latest collection The Black Place (Seren 2019) is a dark and gorgeously multi-faceted work that...

Thursday 27th February, 18:30

 Join André Mangeot as he celebrates his new collection of poems, his first for Seren,  Blood Rain. Resonant, complex, rich in heft and texture, Blood Rain’s compelling poems address some of the most troubling man-made challenges now facing us all: the natural world and its endangerment, populism, radicalisation and terror, the mass movement of people in a battle for survival. Yet amid its powerful and salutary warnings, love runs like a seam through the sequence. This breadth of awareness and range, interwoven with the deeply personal, delivers a collection of significant range and urgent...

Sunday 1st March, 10:00
Hawarden, Flintshire

From Robert Browning to Carol Ann Duffy, Patience Agbabi to Simon Armitage, many writers have explored the joy of how writing from the point of view of someone — or something — else can free the creative shackles and unleash poems of great power. Make your poems sing in new voices by joining this masterclass with Jonathan Edwards, whose second collection, Gen, features a host of voices, from cities to lions, historical figures to retail park trees. Drawing on the work of a range of poets, you will draft poems in a number of different voices. What would it be like to be an animal or an...

Tuesday 3rd March, 19:30

Come and hear four excellent poets -  Lynne Hjelmgaard, Chris Beckett, Jane Kirwan and Anne Stewart - read from their new collections. Local musician, Steve Halliwell, who has worked extensively with Roger McGough and Carol Ann Duffy, will provide music with a poetic lilt. There will also be six floor poets. Lynne Hjelmgaard's poetry is especially lyrical and structural, capturing her experiences of loss, love and the discovering of a new sense of place. She has published two collections with Seren, A Boat Called Annalise  in 2016 and last year, her latest collection, A Second Whisper, a...

Sunday 8th March, 11:26

A Welsh /Irish Sunday with facts, fictions and stunning photographs. Author and photographer Phil Cope will be talking about his latest book The Living Wells of Wales ( Seren, 2019) which takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales, from the Anglesey to Gwent. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere – on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells, cursing wells, and wells named for saints, Satan, witches, angels, fairies, friars, nuns, hermits, murderers and hangmen. Cope’s...