Seren Events

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

Monday 1st March, 15:00 to Saturday 6th March, 10:00

People are the inspiration for so much great poetry. As readers, we are moved by poems which explore the connections between us as humans. And people offer such a rich range of ways into poetry. From the character sketch to the monologue, from the real to the surreal, from poems about historical folk to poems in praise of pop culture figures. The narrative, the lyric, the serious, the comic, the sonnet, the epic – this course will explore a rich range of ways in which we can people our poems, or how we can make poems which are worthy of our people. The tutor is Jonathan Edwards whose  first...

Thursday 4th March, 18:30 to Saturday 6th March, 15:06
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In 2021 the Welsh Government is celebrating an exciting Wales in Germany season with numerous partners in Germany.  This year's British Council Literature Seminar will feature contemporary writing from Wales at the Literaturhaus Stuttgart  in partnership with the Welsh Government, Literature Wales, and the cities of Cardiff and Stuttgart. The seminar will be chaired by Seren authors Niall Griffiths and Francesca Rhydderch and will feature Welsh writers Professor Richard Gwyn, whose collections The Other Tiger (2016) and Stowaway (2018) were published by Seren , Zoë Brigley who has a...

Sunday 7th March, 19:00

Join The Wordsworth Trust and The Poetry Business at 7pm on Sunday 7th March for an online book launch & live Q&A featuring the winners of 2020 International Book & Pamphlet Competition (selected by Imtiaz Dharker & Ian McMillan), Rosalind Easton, Jill Penny, Wendy Pratt and Sarah Wimbush. This event will be live-streamed to the Poetry Business YouTube Channel. Tickets are free, but please do register your interest on Eventbrite. Find out more: https://wordsworth.org.uk/event-directory/ YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/AGF7KAFaf64Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/...

Monday 8th March, 19:00
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Join us on International Women's Day for an evening of poetry with four wonderful Wales-based writers.  Poetry often helps us through difficult times so why not take an hour to enjoy accessible, beautiful poems from a range of voices including Abeer Ameer, a recipient of the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme for 2020, whose debut collection Inhale/Exile, in which she shares stories of her Iraqi forebears, is newly published by Seren in February 2021. Also reading will be Rhian Elizabeth whose  novel, Six Pounds Eight Ounces, was published by Seren in 2014. This event is free but registration...

Friday 12th March, 19:30
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Kick off your weekend in style with readings from Jonathan Edwards and Jericho Brown. Wry, deft and curious, Jonathan's poetry has bagged him a number of awards, including the Costa Poetry Award for his first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes. This collection also won the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, as did his second collection Gen. His writing reminds us that ‘the time to be the people we’ll become’ is now. Also taking to the virtual stage is American poet Jericho Brown, the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His poetry interweaves elegy and an alert...

Monday 15th March, 18:00

Maria Donovan talks about her debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, and her attempt to write it in real time. This coming-of-age novel, which follows one boy’s obsessive search for justice and looks at the effects of loss and bereavement on three households living side by side in a small Dorset town, is set in 2012 against a backdrop of real events in the UK and beyond. What made the author choose this approach? How did it work out? Would she do it again? This one-hour session will feature short readings and time for additional Questions and Answers. This event is part of the AUD Indelible...

Tuesday 16th March, 19:00

Rosalind Hudis reads from her new collection Restorations live on Zoom Restorations is a journey into what it means to preserve – a monument, a moment, a life-story, a poppy. It’s about the hunger to possess and the need to let go. Welding themes from art and history with the contemporary, there are poems about pigments and dictators, glue and glass houses, collections, crinolines, and barometers, and the vagaries of memory itself. Entwined, is a more personal story that tracks the loss of a parent to dementia. Also running through, is a theme of women eroding the straitjacket of gendered...

Tuesday 23rd March, 19:00

Join us live on Zoom to hear Grahame Davies in conversation with series editor Peter Finch about his new book Real Cambridge. Cambridge: the right brain of Oxbridge, the composite capital city of Clever. For eight centuries, this quiet English seat of learning has been one half of history’s longest-running academic arms race. When it comes to stockpiling Nobel Prizes, only that Ivy League newcomer, Harvard, has more. This is the mater of all alma maters, with the kind of A-list alumni – Newton, Cromwell, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Darwin and Hawking – so famous they don’t even need first names....

Tuesday 23rd March, 19:30 to 21:00

An online evening of poetry from writers who have all drawn inspiration from The Forest Of Dean, with a musical interlude from glorious Lady Nade. Writers Ben Ray, David Pownall, Stewart Carswell and Elizabeth Parker will be sharing their poetry, including pieces that celebrate The Forest Of Dean. Bristol songstress Lady Nade will be treating us all to a set of her soulful, powerful melodies between poets. The evening will be followed by an optional twenty minute question and answer session. Tickets £2. Available via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/140050273137.