Peter Finch
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<p><strong>&lsquo;The Real Cardiff books have always been the locals&rsquo; best guide to the city&rsquo;<br />&ndash;&nbsp;<em>Cardiff Life​</em></strong></p><p><strong><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">&lsquo;</font>Utterly compelling...
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Elizabeth Parker
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<p><br /><strong>&#39;This is a radiantly-written and vigorous collection by a rising star of British poetry.&rsquo;<br />&ndash;&nbsp;David Morley (winner of The Ted Hughes Award)</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Hers is a dexterous poetry of confidently conjured atmospheres and...
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Claire Williamson
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<p><br /><strong>&lsquo;Claire Williamson&#39;s poems are beguiling hybrids &ndash;&nbsp;self-assured yet emotionally raw, mysterious yet not precious, meditations of wonder and exorcisms of grief.&rsquo;<br />&ndash;&nbsp;Michel Faber</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;...
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<p><em>Try the Wilderness First: Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-ffin</em> is the only study devoted to&nbsp;controversial artist Eric Gill&rsquo;s artistic and religious community in the Black Mountains of Wales during the 1920s, told through the character and work of Gill himself and David Jones, two of Britain...
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Alen Mešković
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<p><strong>Winner of the Kunstnerprisen 2013.</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;As funny as a Nick Hornby, but with an existential seriousness that cannot be mistaken.&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;</strong><em><strong>Ekstra Bladet</strong></em></p><p>Miki, a Bosnian...
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Sarah Philpott
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<p><strong>&lsquo;The story behind why this was written is equally as inspiring as are the dishes​&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>Buzz Magazine</em></strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;[Sarah Philpott&rsquo;s] reasoning to try vegan food is sound. Less cruelty, more deliciousness, and some...
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Naomi Kruger
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A&nbsp;deftly-written and highly moving account of the effects of dementia&rsquo; &ndash; <em>Everybody&rsquo;s Reviewing</em></strong><br />&nbsp;</p><p>The door to the past has been locked to May but fragments of memories still remain: a boy running on the...
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Ben Wilkinson
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<p><em>Way More Than Luck </em>is the vivid debut collection from the well-known young poet and critic Ben Wilkinson. The book opens with a series of poems that, with a remarkable clarity and sympathy, recall a battle with clinical depression: the &ldquo;days when you weren&rsquo;t anyone. Days gone undercover...&...
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Paul Henry
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Here is a rich and comforting voice next to you in the dark. Twenty eight poems so beguiling you know not whether they depict ancient folklore or an everyday occurrence in the next but one village&rsquo;<br />&ndash;&nbsp;<em>Caught by the River</em></strong></p><p>...
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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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<p><strong>&lsquo;Norena Shopland has lovingly trawled the Welsh archives for evidence of past lives lived in society&rsquo;s shadows; the stories herein are both inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure.&rsquo;<br />&ndash;&nbsp;</strong><em><strong>Buzz Magazine</strong></em...
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Paul Deaton
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<p>&lsquo;<strong><em>A Watchful Astronomy</em> is such an unclouded, moving and accessible collection it should be prescribed by the NHS for those who say they cannot stomach poetry because it&rsquo;s too difficult or irrelevant.&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;Poetry School</strong></p><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><strong>​&lsquo;Dip into Walton&rsquo;s jazzed-up version of the world and you will inevitably surface from the pages in a brighter hue.&rsquo; &ndash; Wales Arts Review</strong>...
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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><strong>&lsquo;I must confess to being completely star-struck by this seminal work​&rsquo; &ndash;&nbsp;<em>The Bay</em></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />In <em>Dark Land, Dark Skies</em>, astronomer Martin Griffiths subverts conventional astronomical...
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