Seren Events

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

Sunday 21st July, 15:00

Rowan Tree Readings in association with Books Upstairs is delighted to host a poetry reading with three outstanding poets, Deryn Rees-Jones, Tess Gallagher, Nessa O’Mahony. Deryn will be reading from her fifth collection Erato, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Named after the muse of love and lyric poetry, Erato combines documentary-style prose narratives with poems to explore the relationship between the private and the public. For further information visit:

Sunday 4th August, 10:00 to 22:30

Jonathan Edwards was born and grew up in south Wales. He has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick and currently works as an English teacher. He won the Terry Hetherington Award in 2010, was awarded a Literature Wales new writer’s bursary in 2011, and in 2012 won prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and the Basil Bunting Award. His poems have appeared in many magazines including The Poetry Review, The North, Poetry Wales and New Welsh Review. His first collection My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014) was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection...

Sunday 4th August, 13:30

Join us at the Edge Festival on Sunday 4th August, 1:30 pm onwards to celebrate the launch of Real Preseli by John Osmond. See him in conversation with 'Real' series editor Peter Finch as they discuss 'life at the end of the line' and the hidden wonders waiting to be discovered amongst the bare hills, big skies, dramatic coastlines, bays and headlands of the 'Real Preseli.' Admission to this event is free but tickets for the Edge Festival can be purchased here:

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...

Thursday 5th September, 09:00 to Friday 6th September, 17:00

Deryn Rees-Jones is among the speakers at this conference which takes place at the close of the first, historic, UK Poet Laureateship held by a woman, the contemporary British poet, Carol Ann Duffy.  It evaluates forty-five years of Duffys' literary work in the light of ten years of her public engagement with the people of the United Kingdom and the world as the country’s literary figurehead. Deryn has just published her fifth poetry collection, Erato (Seren 2019) which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. For further information about the conference and to book visit: www....

Monday 4th November, 00:00 to Saturday 9th November, 00:00
Hebden Bridge

Deryn Rees-Jones, Sasha Dugdale and Mark Ford are the tutors on this course for experienced poets who wish to advance their writing through the careful reading of other poets’ work. Over the week you will be exposed to a wide range of international and British work and we’ll look together at how you can use this work to develop your own poetics, themes and concerns. There will also be opportunities to focus on assembling a volume for publication and the final editing processes. The course is held in the wonderful setting of Lumb Bank. The house stands in 20 acres of steep woodland and has a...