Emyr Humphreys
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<p>1963. Over the course of a single morning, J.T. Miles looks back over seventy years of his lifetime. It has been a period of huge change everywhere, but especially in Wales. His country has changed from a rural, religious, Welsh-speaking society where heaven is achieved through living a &lsquo;good life&rsquo;, to a place like so...
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Brenda Chamberlain
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<p><em>Tide-Race</em> is a remarkable account of life on Bardsey (known as Ynys Enlli to Welsh speakers), a remote and mysterious island off the coast of North Wales. Brenda Chamberlain lived on the island from 1947 to 1961, during the last days of its hardy community. The combination of Bardsey, ancient site of Christian...
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Phil Cope
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<p>Author and photographer Phil Cope takes us on a journey through the sacred wells of Wales, from the Anglesey to the Gwent. On his way he discovers wells in city centres and, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere &ndash; on mountainsides, in deserted valleys, on the coast, in sea caves. They include healing wells, cursing wells,...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<p>Poems from Cardiff is part of Seren&rsquo;s pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. It opens with a view from the Bay where &ldquo;The Severn wrestles the sea&rdquo;. We also find ourselves in &lsquo;Arcades&rsquo;, mingling with the colourful crowds outside &lsquo;St. David&rsquo;s Hall&rsquo;,...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<p><em>Poems from The Borders</em> is part of Seren&rsquo;s pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. Featured poems range from &ldquo;the spine of the A470&rdquo;, through Monmouthshire, over the dramatic Brecon Beacons, and also through the Black Mountains towards Hay-on-Wye, towns in Herefordshire and...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<p><em>Poems from Pembrokeshire</em> is part of Seren&rsquo;s pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. An area of supreme but also disquieting beauty, Pembrokeshire has been the home to saints and pirates, the cradle of Tudor Kings and subject to oil spills and annual invasions of summer visitors. The undeniable...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<p><em>Poems from Snowdonia</em> is part of Seren&rsquo;s pamphlet series celebrating the spirit of place. The dramatic mountain ranges of the Snowdonia National Park take centre stage here, with their craggy peaks and waterfalls, along with the abundant wildlife, particularly birds like the Red Kite, Greenfinch and Chough....
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Jane Lovell
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<p><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><b>Winner of the Mslexia&nbsp;and PBS Pamphlet Prize 2018</b></font></p><p><br />J​​ane Lovell&rsquo;s poems are both beautiful and disturbing. A deep feeling for the natural world is aligned with an acute lyric sensibility, as well as a...
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Eoghan Walls
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<p>Pigeon Songs is Derry-born Eoghan Walls&rsquo; second collection of poems from Seren after his much-praised debut, <a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/salt-harvest"><em>The Salt Harvest</em></a>. From the first piece, &lsquo;Angry Birds&rsquo; we have a sense of the poet&...
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Damian Walford Davies
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<p><strong>&lsquo;When much new poetry looks no further than the poet&rsquo;s navel, this kind of imaginative leap is a tonic.&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>The Telegraph</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p>Victorian Cardiff &ndash;the world&rsquo;s busiest port, booming on the...
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John Morris
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<p>Twenty years ago, four lives were brutally taken. But was an innocent man wrongfully convicted of this horrific crime? In the new edition of <em>The Clydach Murders</em>, author and solicitor John Morris reveals new information, making a forensic and compelling case ahead of Dai Morris&rsquo; latest appeal.</p><p...
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Katherine Stansfield
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<p>In 2018, Katherine Stansfield was the poet-in-residence at Cornerstone, the neo-Gothic church in the centre of Cardiff converted into an events space. This pamphlet of new poems is the result: the record of a dynamic year of varied events, and an exploration of this fascinating building&rsquo;s rich history.</p><p>...
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John Harris
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<p>Caradoc Evans (1878-1945) was a controversial author, most famous for his stories in <a href="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/my-people"><em>My People</em></a>, copies of which were publicly burned in Cardiff. Stylistically inventive, the stories unflinchingly (and unflatteringly) criticised...
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Vernon Hopkins
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<p>1960. Britain stood at the cusp of new times: the memory of the war was beginning to recede, employment was increasing, and something called rock and roll was knocking on the door from America. In Pontypridd, sixteen-year-old Vernon Hopkins had just found a new singer for his band: a local boy who would come to be known as Tom Jones. The...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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Alessandra Kozlowska
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<p>Discovered by the author&rsquo;s grandson, and written originally in Italian, <em>Conflict, War and Revolution: My Life</em> is the memoir of Baroness Alessandra Koslowska (1892-1975) and is a vivid depiction of her life from childhood to the end of the Second World War.</p><p>This extraordinary memoir begins...
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Jonathan Edwards
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<p><strong>&lsquo;As always Edwards&#39; writing is at once bold and sweeping whilst also managing to maintain a homely and intimate voice that feels personal​.&rsquo; &ndash; Ben Ray</strong></p><p><br /><em>Gen</em> is a book of lions and rock stars, street parties and servants,...
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<p>In <em>Dear Mona</em> artist Jonah Jones records in his own words not just the story of his early life and his relationship with Mona Lovell, but also that of the Second World War, of being on the Home Front, on the European battlefield and in the nascent Israel.&nbsp;</p><p>These letters are a remarkable first...
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<p>In <em>Dear Mona</em> artist Jonah Jones records in his own words not just the story of his early life and his relationship with Mona Lovell, but also that of the Second World War, of being on the Home Front, on the European battlefield and in the nascent Israel.&nbsp;</p><p>These letters are a remarkable first...
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Richard Gwyn
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<p>Richard Gwyn offers us a rich mix of history and memory in his new poetry collection,<em> Stowaway: A Levantine Adventure</em>. The author says:</p><p><em>This collection, held together by a loosely knitted narrative around an unnamed protagonist, a kind of anti-Ulysses, is based on a number of journeys that...
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Carrie Etter
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<p><strong>Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Winter 2018</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;It&rsquo;s well-nigh impossible to convey with quotation how Etter&rsquo;s use of language, form, restraint and space combine to such impressive effect.&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>Stride magazine...
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David Llewellyn
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Beautifully told and beautifully written&rsquo; &ndash; Philip Reeve (author of&nbsp;<em>Mortal Engines</em>)</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;An impressive and compelling work, entirely original&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>New Welsh Review</em>...
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Ross Cogan
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Bold and striking&rsquo; &ndash; Poetry Book Society</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Cogan&rsquo;s startling new collection is rooted firmly in the finest of the English poetry tradition, connecting us back to the dynamic dreamtime of nature and magic. In <em>Bragr</...
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Marianne Burton
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Immediate, pithy and very, very readable&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>Poetry Wales</em></strong></p><p><br /><br />The life of the influential Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard has inspired this book of poems by Marianne Burton.</p><p>Burton, whose...
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