Seren Events

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

Tuesday 17th January, 08:00 to Tuesday 7th February, 08:00

Recharge in the new year. A series of four poetry and mindfulness sessions with Cath Drake, for writers to explore techniques to recharge their wellbeing and creativity. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and improve well-being, clarity, focus and creativity. Cath has thrown in a sprinkling of poetry and a session of writing together for a weekly uplift! These four sessions are a fresh start to the day in the UK, or perhaps a wind down in Australia nearing the end of the day. Each session focuses on a theme to spur positive wellbeing, with a prompt for writing. You don’t have to be...

Thursday 2nd February, 19:30
Machynlleth

In this event at Cletwr, local author Julie Brominicks will be giving a talk about her new book The Edge of Cymru as part of their 10 year milestones series. Publication of her book in 2022 marked 10 years since she set out to walk around the edge of Wales.  Her journey, which happened in 2012, took her past many milestones as she completed her long-distance walk along the Welsh Borders. This event celebrates how anniversaries, and the passing of time, can be part of our future maps, as Cletwr celebrates it’s 10th Birthday this year. The Edge of Cymru is the story of Julie Brominicks’ walk...

Thursday 2nd February, 19:30
Online

This month Seren First Thursday welcomes poets Kathryn Bevis and Sammy Weaver to Zoom to read from their debut pamphlets Flamingo and Angola, America. Kathryn Bevis’s Flamingo introduces us to a troupe of wild, unique, and captivating poems. Life and our own embodiment are brought sharply into focus as we encounter a variety of subjects including work, survival, love, and mortality. Formally inventive, these hopeful and sometimes surreal poems are not afraid to confront complex or difficult emotions. Cancer is posed as a ring-tailed lemur, capering through the sufferer’s body, and the title...

Thursday 9th February, 19:00 to 22:00
Wrexham

Voicebox is Wrexham's very own creative showcase featuring poets, rappers, musicians, comedians, theatre and more! This month they have partnered with Grove Park Theatre for an event with Julie Brominicks about her new book The Edge of Cymru.  The Edge of Cymru is the story of Julie Brominicks’ walk around Wales in the course of a year. As an educator she knew a lot about the country’s natural resources. But as a long established incomer from England and more recent Welsh learner, she wanted to know more about its history, about Wales today, and her place in it. As her walk unwinds the...

Wednesday 15th February, 19:00
Swansea

Join Julie Brominicks for the Swansea launch of her new book The Edge of Cymru at Elysium Gallery. She will be discussing her walk and journey to becoming a writer, and will be joined by Gower-based photographer Stuart Cambell Argue, who provided the cover photograph of her book. The Edge of Cymru is the story of Julie Brominicks’ walk around Wales in the course of a year. As an educator she knew a lot about the country’s natural resources. But as a long established incomer from England and more recent Welsh learner, she wanted to know more about its history, about Wales today, and her place...

Thursday 23rd February, 18:30
Cardiff

Hammad Rind is a Welsh-Pakistani writer, translator and the author of the debut novel Four Dervishes (Seren 2021), a playful social satire with elements of magic realism. Drawing on a long tradition of storytelling the novel skewers issues like religious bigotry, injustice, the denial of women’s rights, and class division. Lavishly inventive, verbally rich, an exotic confection, it is both darkly thematic and humorously playful.Hammad will be in conversation with Cardiff based poet, writer and literary content creator Taz Rahman whose debut collection will be published by Seren in 2024....

Sunday 19th March, 10:30

Splash into poetry reading and writing sessions in 2023 with Cath Drake.  The most enjoyable way to share and learn poetry is in a regular small group. In the first hour of these workshops, we'll discuss an inspiring batch of poems. We’ll look in depth at the poems and poetic techniques with expert guidance. The discussions in themselves are rich and life-enhancing. Then, after a short break, we’ll write together inspired by the poems and share our writing. Suitable for UK, Perth & other Aussie timezones. For further information visit: www.cathdrake.com Cath Drake’s collection The Shaking...

Thursday 23rd March, 09:00

After two successful series, the Climate of Change workshops continue.  Join Cath Drake for online workshops of reading, discussing and writing poetry and inspiring each other.  This can be a difficult and overwhelming subject, but writing together is more enjoyable, nurturing, rewarding and productive. Find new and transforming angles into this complex crisis. These workshops are suitable for anyone who has a passion for the topic and for poetry, ideally, with some experience of writing.  Join live international zoom workshops either in the morning UK time (Australia late afternoon / evening...

Thursday 18th May, 09:00

After two successful series, the Climate of Change workshops continue.  Join Cath Drake for online workshops of reading, discussing and writing poetry and inspiring each other.  This can be a difficult and overwhelming subject, but writing together is more enjoyable, nurturing, rewarding and productive. Find new and transforming angles into this complex crisis. These workshops are suitable for anyone who has a passion for the topic and for poetry, ideally, with some experience of writing.  Join live international zoom workshops either in the morning UK time (Australia late afternoon / evening...

Monday 17th July, 10:00
The Garsdale Retreat

Taught by tutor Paul Henry, this popular course, will appeal to those keen to develop their poetry within a supportive, homely environment. Welcoming new and experienced poets, it will include a combination of writing workshops, readings and tutorials to focus on the creative choices we make as poets. As we write, we’ll consider the craft and mystery of poetry: the intuitive melding of form and subject; full- and half-rhyme, how traditional metres can enrichen free verse, the power of image and refrain …. Using a broad range of poetic voices and themes as stimulus, we’ll write out of memory...