• With the Tokyo Olympics now underway, get into the spirit of the games with Jayne Joso's new collection of stories and short fiction Japan Stories. These spellbinding narratives come together to create a mosaic of life in contemporary Japan, its people, its society, its thinking, its character, providing a window to a country we would all love to know more deeply. Available now

    Get into the spirit of the Tokyo Olympics
  • Our climate is on the brink of catastrophic change. By inviting us to fine-tune our senses and listen to the world around us, landmark anthology 100 Poems to Save the Earth, edited by Zoë Brigley and Kristian Evans, is a call to action to fight the threat facing the only planet we have. Available now

    Poetry to save the Earth
  • Oxford, city of dreaming spires, bicycles, Inspector Morse, tourists, gentility. Or perhaps a less familiar place? Having lived and worked there for thirty years, Patrick McGuinness brings an intimate knowledge to this new exploration of the city. He reflects on the familiar and introduces us to the unnoticed, to create a new way of looking at Oxford. Available now.

    Patrick McGuinness explores ‘Real Oxford’
  • Faced with two murders, industrial espionage, a sexual predator, a mining disaster, Thomas Chard must puzzle how these things fit together to capture a mysterious killer, and avoid becoming the poisoner’s victim himself. Authentic and atmospheric, Fatal Solution is the gripping second installment in the Inspector Chard mysteries by Leslie Scase. Available now.

    Inspector Chard faces a new mystery
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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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Barney Norris
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A rare duet, in which father and son rediscover a whole world through the redeeming power of art.&rsquo;<br />&ndash; Declan Kiberd</strong></p><p><br />In <em>The Wellspring </em>acclaimed novelist and dramatist Barney Norris conducts a conversation with his even...
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Christopher Meredith
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Six stellar short stories&rsquo; &ndash; <em>Buzz Magazine</em></strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;A glorious book about everything important: love and sex and conflict and mortality. Meredith writes with such acuity, above all with such generosity.&rsquo;&nbsp;...
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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><strong>&lsquo;Wonderfully lucid and economical... precise and delicate in its use of language&rsquo; &ndash; Andrew Taylor</strong></p><p><strong>&#39;This is a radiantly-written and vigorous collection by a rising star of British poetry.&rsquo;<br />&ndash;&nbsp;David...
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Claire Williamson
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<p><br /><strong>&lsquo;At once heartbreaking and comfortingly human, with the skill to make your spirits soar.&rsquo; &ndash; <em>SkyLightRain</em></strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Claire Williamson&#39;s poems are beguiling hybrids &ndash;&nbsp;self-assured yet...
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Miles&rsquo;s appraisal of Jones&rsquo;s paintings is not only eloquent, but refreshing... I would recommend this eminently readable book.&rsquo;<br />&ndash; <em>Art Unit</em></strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;Well researched and thoughtful. This book...
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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;<br />&ndash;&nbsp;</strong><em><strong>Ekstra Bladet</strong></em></p><p><...
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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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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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<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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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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