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<p>This festive Christmas card features the winning poem from Seren&rsquo;s 2017 Christmas Poetry Competition:&nbsp; &lsquo;The Grey Mare&rsquo; by Mari Ellis Dunning, which takes its inspiration from the Welsh Mari Lwyd Christmas tradition.</p><p>Each pack contains five A5 cards and envelopes.</p><p>...
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Bryony Littlefair
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<p>Poems need head, heart, and soul but this particular <em>Mslexia</em> Poetry Prize-winning pamphlet has an extra ingredient &ndash;&nbsp;a feminist kick.&nbsp;Bryony Littlefair is acutely aware of women&rsquo;s lives and gives us mothers, daughters, grandmothers, friends and&nbsp;colleagues whose adventures...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<p>This sparking selection of Christmas poems includes all those shortlisted for Seren&rsquo;s inaugural Christmas Poetry Competition.</p><p>Poetry Editor Amy Wack&nbsp;was&nbsp;looking for poems full of feeling that resist cliché, that touch on classic &lsquo;Christmas&rsquo; themes, but bring them to life...
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Ian McMillan
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<p><strong>&lsquo;There are more, often hilarious, vignettes than points on the local map, every one of which is covered&rsquo; &ndash; <em>The Yorkshire Times</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p>In <em>Real Barnsley</em>, Ian McMillan delves into the past of the Barnsley area...
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Norena Shopland
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<h3>&nbsp;</h3><p><em>Forbidden Lives</em> is a fascinating collection of portraits and discussions that aims to populate LGBT gaps in the history of Wales, a much neglected part of Welsh heritage. In it Norena Shopland reviews the reasons for this neglect while outlining the activity behind the recent growth of...
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Paul Deaton
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<p><strong>&lsquo;E<span class="s1">ach poem in this collection is like a little torchlight ...&nbsp;I felt like it totally wrapped me up as a reader, and I really couldn&rsquo;t&nbsp;put it down.&rsquo; &ndash; Jen Campbell, Sunday Times bestselling author</span></strong></p>...
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Robert Walton
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Rippled through with uncommon beauty&rsquo; &ndash; SkyLightRain</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The poems in Robert Walton&rsquo;s <em>Sax Burglar Blues</em> range from vivid memories of childhood, such as&nbsp; &lsquo;Twm Siôn Cati&rsquo; where a...
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Ed. Amy Wack
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<h3><strong>Free download</strong></h3><p>Enjoy free samples from Seren&rsquo;s vibrant and varied 2017 poetry list in this free PDF.</p><p>There are a number of poems from striking debut collections: &lsquo;Lake Fever&rsquo; from Polly Atkin&rsquo;s <a href="http://serenbooks.com/...
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Maria Donovan
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Handled with great sensitivity, this has great comedy, exciting developments and very moving moments, right through until the nicely worked solution to the mystery.&rsquo; &ndash; <em>The Daily Mail</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>&lsquo;The Chicken Soup Murder...
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John Morris
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<p>In a case which shocked the country,&nbsp;Mandy Power, her bed-ridden mother and her two young daughters were battered to death in a ferocious attack during the early hours, in June 1999. The crime sparked the largest criminal investigation ever mounted in Wales yet to public dismay the police made little progress.</p><p>...
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Tony Conran (1931-2013)
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<p><em>Welsh Verse</em>, Tony Conran&rsquo;s milestone of translation, makes a welcome return. Formerly the <em>Penguin Book of Welsh Verse</em>, Seren has expanded the selection of what is the standard text of high quality translations of Welsh poetry stretching from the sixth century to the late twentieth...
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Martyn Crucefix
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<p><strong>&lsquo;<em>The Lovely Disciplines</em> is a fascinating grove of acutely astute observations, where life and its slant significances flit, half-hidden, among the leaves. </strong>&rsquo;<strong> &ndash; Mario Petrucci</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Careful and...
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Jonathan Tulloch
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Tulloch&rsquo;s new novel is full of wit, smart observation and, yes, Philip Larkin.&rsquo; &ndash; <em>The TLS</em></strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;A really clever look both at Larkin, at Hull, at the 1950s&rsquo; &ndash; Michael Arditti on BBC Radio 4...
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Graham Mort
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A book of great energy&rsquo; &ndash; Katherine Stansfield</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Mort, with his startling exactitude and shrewd observation, leaves us &ldquo;spellbound in stanzas&rdquo;. Highly recommended.&rsquo; &ndash; WriteOutLoud</strong><...
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Martin Griffiths
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<p>In <em>Dark Land, Dark Skies</em>, astronomer Martin Griffiths subverts conventional astronomical thought by eschewing the classical naming of constellations and investigating Welsh and Celtic naming. Ancient peoples around the world placed their own myths and legends in the heavens, though these have tended to become lost...
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Rosanne Alexander
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<p><strong>&lsquo;As bracing as a lungful of salt sea air&rsquo; &ndash; BBC <em>Wildlife</em> magazine</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Alexander&rsquo;s writing is captivating. It is experiential, fresh, and alive&rsquo; &ndash; Wales Arts Review</strong></p>...
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Kate Brown
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Dark and rich, The Women of Versailles is filled with political intrigue, sexual awakening, and the roots of revolution.&rsquo; &ndash; Peggy Riley</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;[<em>The Women of Versailles</em>] demonstrates the power of great storytelling and...
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Emily Blewitt
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Blewitt draws us in with her keen eye for quirkiness, a good ear for dialogue and her riotous delight in all things absurd.&rsquo; &ndash; Maria Apichella, The Poetry School</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Here is a riotous, cacophonous and wonderful book. Here is an important new...
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Rhian Edwards
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Concentrated, irresistible poetry&rsquo; &ndash; Emily Blewitt</strong></p><p><br /><em>Brood</em> is the new pamphlet from poet Rhian Edwards. Winner of all three categories of Wales Book of the Year in 2013 for her debut poetry collection, <em><a href="...
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Carolyn Jess-Cooke
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Groundbreaking, tremendous&rsquo; &ndash; Geraldine Clarkson</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;This is a truly inspiring collection, all the more so for its wit and its grit, its poetry and its honesty; here we have women producing &lsquo;good art&rsquo; despite &ndash;...
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Yvonne Reddick
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<p><strong>&lsquo;It&rsquo;s impossible to read this collection without being moved&rsquo; &ndash; New Welsh Review</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;This is a beautifully structured pamphlet that offers the reader a deeply felt sufficiency&rsquo; &ndash; WriteOutLoud</strong></p...
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Polly Atkin
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<p><strong>&lsquo;With her keen senses,&nbsp;she celebrates nature in all its glory. &rsquo; &ndash; Disclaimer Magazine</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Powerful and tender&rsquo; &ndash; Mslexia</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Basic Nest...
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Siobhán Campbell
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Profoundly challenging and entertaining&rsquo; &ndash; WriteOutLoud</strong></p><p>There is a beautiful ruthlessness to the poetry of Siobhán Campbell. Her new collection, <em>Heat Signature</em>, from Seren, is composed in her characteristically spikey voice: infused with an...
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Maggie Harris
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Heart-breaking and tender, Maggie Harris uses her powerful voice to explore hidden experiences&rsquo; &ndash; Disclaimer Magazine</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Maggie Harris&rsquo; stories are informed by the Caribbean, where she was born, and Britain where she has lived...
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