Seren Events

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

Tuesday 6th June, 15:00
Sturminster Newton

 Jon Woolcott will be talking about his new book Real Dorset (Seren 2023), the latest in Seren's 'Real' Series. Real Dorset is a personal, detailed, discursive, humorous and idiosyncratic look at the county famous for its spectacular coastline, for its historic towns, its eco foodie reputation, for Hardy and Fowles. But there’s much more behind the tourist-friendly façade – subversion, rebellion and revolt, wealth and poverty, ghost stories and rich folklore.  Criss-crossing the county, Woolcott makes connections, uncovers the hidden and the forgotten. Locals and tourists alike may think they...

Friday 9th June, 19:00

As summer arrives and the evenings get lighter, join three poets exploring ideas of fracturing, mirroring, reflecting and refracting. Zakia Carpenter-Hall, Will Harris and Emma Jeremy will be sharing their work at Bring Down the Haus, a monthly evening of celebrating poetry. Zakia is an American writer, tutor and critic living in the UK whose debut pamphlet Into the Same Sound Twice was published by Seren this year. Her poetry reviews and poems have both been published in Poetry Wales, The Poetry Review, Wild Court, Magma and elsewhere. She’s also had multiple reviews appear in Poetry London ...

Saturday 10th June, 10:00
Llantwit Major

Join author Sophie Buchaillard for a 2-hour creative writing ‘taster’ session, for a chance to explore your writer’s voice.This session is for adults and children of 16 and above. Sophie was born in Paris and lived in Bordeaux, Salamanca, Merrill (NY) and London, settling in South Wales in 2001, almost by accident. She writes contemporary fiction inspired by her and her family’s travels, and short stories that reflect on the anxieties of our age. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Wales Arts Review, Murmurations Magazine, The Other Side of Hope and Square Wheel Press. Her debut...

Saturday 10th June, 14:00
Llantwit Major

What happens to a theatre company during the Covid lockdown? The A48 Theatre Company determined to stay active and creative by making film performances. This is a Vale premiere of three short films based on three short stories by the writer Tony Curtis. A Cuckoo in the Nest, Jumping and Some Kind of Immortality are witty, humorous and moving storiesWhat happens when a Samaritans worker gets involved with the life-story of one of her callers? What is a sperm-donor, how does that work, and what is he hiding? And when a college lecturer takes pity on a sad, disturbed student, then takes her into...

Saturday 10th June, 15:30
Llantwit Major

Multi-award winning author Grahame Davies reads from his most recent poetry collection and previews his next,  giving an insight into the sometimes surprising sources of creative inspiration. Grahame is the author of eighteen books, many published by Seren, in both Welsh and English. He is a much-sought-after lyricist for classical composers and songwriters internationally, and his work has been performed worldwide at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Royal Albert Hall. Most recently, he was commissioned to write the lyrics for one of the pieces that...

Saturday 17th June, 16:30

Join us to hear author Diana Powell in conversation with Philippa Davies about her new novel things found on the mountain. Farmer’s daughter Beth is a child of nature, utterly at one with the rugged landscape of the Black Mountains on which she tends her family’s sheep. But change is coming to the valley. Grieving for her brother, who was lost in the First World War, Beth has taken to solitude. When a colony of artists arrives, among them Gabriel, she learns to embrace change, only to be faced with a heart-wrenching choice. The mountain, or the one she loves? Admission is free and...