Seren Events

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

Sunday 8th March, 11:26
Fishguard

A Welsh /Irish Sunday with facts, fictions and stunning photographs. Author and photographer Phil Cope will be talking about his latest book The Living Wells of Wales ( Seren, 2019) which takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales, from the Anglesey to Gwent. On his way 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...

Sunday 8th March, 14:15

In the final Border Crossings session of this festival, we feature two poets -  Lynne Hjelmgaard and Maja Lee Langvad -  who use poetry to explore themes of identity through an international lens. Lynne Hjelmgaard's poetry is especially lyrical and structural, capturing her experiences of loss, love and the discovering of a new sense of place. She has published two collections with Seren, A Boat Called Annalise  in 2016 and last year, her latest collection, A Second Whisper, a thoughtful and sensitive collection that reflects the changing identities of a woman: in motherhood, in widowhood, in...

Saturday 14th March, 14:30
Carnforth

Join us for an intimate illustrated talk and book signing with television's Iolo Williams, as he shares stories and highlights from his fantastic new book Wild Places UK (Seren 2020). The UK is known for its natural beauty and its wildlife and in this new, lavishly illustrated book Iolo picks his favourite forty wildlife sites in the UK to demonstrate how they are all packed with the widest variety of trees, plants, birds, animals and insects. Price: £20 (£15 for RSPB members)Numbers are strictly limited and advance booking is essential. To secure your seat, pop into the reserve or call the...

Thursday 19th March, 19:00
London

Seren poets, Lynne Hjelmgaard and  Andre Mangeot will be reading from their new collections. Lynne;s poetry is especially lyrical and structural, capturing her experiences of loss, love and the discovering of a new sense of place. She has published two collections with Seren, A Boat Called Annalise  in 2016 and last year, her latest collection, A Second Whisper, a thoughtful and sensitive collection that reflects the changing identities of a woman: in motherhood, in widowhood, in friendship and grief. André  has published two poetry collections,  two books of short stories and written three...

Monday 30th March, 15:00 to Saturday 4th April, 10:00
Sedbergh, Cumbria

This week long residential course is hosted by award-winning Welsh poet and musician Paul Henry. The course aims to help you develop your poetry by exploring how new poems can emerge from existing ones. Daily writing workshops will interpret “afterness” in its broadest sense and  In addition to morning workshops, individual tutorials will offer technical guidance in redrafting your work. You will write from a wide range of source poems, sharing new reading and reflecting on how writing “after” can enrich and lend authority to our art. Poems ‘after’ Poems welcomes both new and experienced...

Thursday 2nd April, 19:30
Cardiff

Celebrate new poetry and fiction at April's First Thursday at Chapter Arts centre, Cardiff. This month's event features Lynne Hjelmgaard reading from her latest poetry collection A Second Whisper (Seren 2019) and Mary J. Oliver who will read from her debut collection, Jim Neat: The Case of a Young Man Down on His Luck (Seren 2019).  Doors open 7:30pm.  Followed by our usual open mic. Entry is £3 on the door. 

Saturday 11th April, 13:15 to 16:45
Newport, Gwent

This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss your poetry on a one-to-one basis with poet and tutor Jonathan Edwards, a relaxed but in-depth analysis of your poems. Identify strategies for further developing your writing, discuss problems you may be experiencing and look at strategies for taking your work forward. There will be plenty of time to talk about all those things you need to know about writing, revising and submitting your work. Jonathan will be running several one-hour sessions . £40 for Poetry Society members, £50 for non-members. Book online here or call Paul McGrane on 020 7420...

Monday 18th May, 00:00 to Friday 22nd May, 00:00
Cricieth, Gwynedd

This five day residential course is hosted by award-winning Welsh poet Paul Henry and singer-songwriter Brian Briggs – former frontman of indie-folk band Stornoway. Their collaboration, The Glass Aisle (Seren 2018), is a mesmerising collaboration of songs and poetry. On this course we’ll explore the borders between poems and song lyrics. Through group workshops and one-to-one tutorials, we’ll look at what poetry and songwriting can learn from each other, considering the influences of melody and rhythm. Turning poems into song lyrics and vice versa, we’ll explore how words behave differently...

Monday 19th October, 12:00 to Saturday 24th October, 09:48
Cricieth

This masterclass is aimed at committed poets aiming to further develop their writing. The tutors are former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and Jonathan Edwards whose first collection, the Costa Prize winning My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), also received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, as did his second collection Gen (Seren 2018). The week will feature a group workshop each morning to prompt the creation of new poems, individual writing time, and free afternoons for writing or gaining inspiration from Tŷ Newydd’s beautiful surroundings. You will also...