Seren Events

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

Saturday 4th May, 16:00

Join two fantastic Seren poets, reading their work at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Ross Cogan’s startling collection Bragr (Seren 2018) connects with the dynamic dreamtime of nature and magic. The hauntingly beautiful poems reinvent Norse myth and legend to explore urgent environmental issues such as habitat loss and global warming. A rigorous intelligence meets an adept sensitivity in the debut collection by Paul Deaton. A Watchful Astronomy (Seren 2017). The poems offer a meditation on loss and renewal, and cast their gaze to the sky above, and the earth below. Tickets: £7.00/£5.00 (+...

Wednesday 15th May, 19:00

Author and photographer Phil Cope will be launching his latest book The Living Wells of Wales (Seren 2019) at the Brynmawr Historical Society. Phil takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales where 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 atmospheric photographs are accompanied by folk tales, myths and legends,...

Saturday 18th May, 10:30 to 16:30

Tackle the pressing topics of the day and produce new poetry. This one day workshop is led by Katrina Naomi whose collection, The Way the Crocodile Taught Me, was published by Seren in 2016. The workshop will look at the work of Ray Antrobus, Hashem Beck, Terrance Hayes, Alice Oswald, Danez Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Jack Underwood and Ocean Vuong. We will explore poetry on class, ethnicity, love, war, sex, sexuality, religion and politics. How do you write about some of humanity’s biggest – and at times, most difficult – issues while remaining true to yourself? We’ll consider the use of form,...

Monday 27th May, 20:30

Seren throws a poetry party at the Hay Festival featuring four new collections from supremely talented poets. Costa Award-winning Jonathan Edwards reads from Gen, a book of sharp yet beautifully warm and humane poems. Catherine Fisher’s  first collection in twenty years The Bramble King, includes poems on imaginary planets and princes, on the summer solstice, on drawing, on a glass shop – and a clockwork crow.  Rhiannon Hooson’s beautifully resonant first collection The Other City was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. Elizabeth Parker’s In Her Shambles is a fantastic debut of spikey,...

Tuesday 28th May, 17:30
Hay on Wye

WALES: A TAPESTRY OF LITERATURE AND LANDSCAPE. Damian Walford Davies will be joined by Jon Anderson and Mary-Ann Constantine draw on the Literary Atlas project to explore the relationship between literature and landscape which has long fascinated writers, storytellers and readers. This is particularly evident in Wales, where the physical, fabled, industrial and social landscapes continue to influence the fiction that defines the country and its culture. Damian's latest book Docklands: A Ghost Story has just been published by Seren. Tickets: £8.00. For further information and to book visit the...

Tuesday 28th May, 20:30

A reading and discussion for an after-dark audience. Damian Walford Davies’ latest book Docklands (Seren 2019) is a ghost story told in fifty poems, set in Victorian Cardiff as an architect pursues his commission to level three terraces to make way for a new square. A painted medieval devil in a graveyard awakens unhallowed forces in Michelle Paver’s gothic thriller set in Edwardian Suffolk: Wakenhyrst.  Chaired by Tiffany Murray, author of Sugar Hall (Seren 2014). Tickets: £8.00. For further information and to book visit the Festival website:

Wednesday 29th May, 14:30

Dylan Moore hosts this conversation about two extraordinary novels. In Jayne Joso’s latest novel From Seven to the Sea (Seren 2019) seven-year-old Esther must negotiate adult dysfunction, and a school environment that exposes her to further prejudice and injustice. The novel is a window onto the world of a child who rejects convention and expectation. Deborah Kay Davies’ Tirzah and the Prince of Crows is set in a remote valley in Wales in 1974. As sixteen year old Tirzah struggles against the confines of her community, juggling everyone’s expectations and trying to find her own way in the...

Monday 15th July, 14:00 to Saturday 20th July, 12:00

This course, led by Jonathan Edwards and Patience Agbabai,  will engage with the idea of poetry as play, exploring the joy of messing about with the shape and noise of language, and the seriously great directions this method can lead a poem. Workshops will explore a range of approaches, from the monologue to traditional forms, from the surreal to the love poem. We will draw inspiration from classical myth and from popular culture to create poems that vibrate on and off the page. Individual tutorials will be tailored closely to each participants’ needs, to ensure that whatever your experience...

Monday 19th August, 21:16 to Saturday 24th August, 21:16

Led by Deryn Rees-Jones and Katrina Naomi, This course will draw on a range of examples from contemporary poetry that could assist us to develop our own writing, as well as consider various ways in which we might respond to political circumstance, both with reference to the wider world and with issues that affect us directly. As we address the ongoing challenges of continuing to develop our personal poetics there will also be opportunities to think about the processes involved in assembling poetic sequences and gathering poems into a full-length collection. Deryn Rees-Jones is a poet, editor...