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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Emily Blewitt
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<p><strong>&lsquo;Here is a riotous, cacophonous and wonderful book. Here is an important new voice in British poetry.&rsquo;<br />&ndash; Jonathan Edwards, author of <em>My Family and Other Superheroes</em>.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>This Is Not a Rescue</...
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Rosanne Alexander
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<p>When Rosanne Alexander&rsquo;s boyfriend Mike was offered the job of warden of Skomer, a small uninhabited island off the south west tip of Wales, they had just ten days to leave college, marry (a condition of employment) and gather their belongings and provisions for the trip to the island. This was the first of many challenges...
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Rhian Edwards
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<p><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="https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/clueless-dogs">Clueless Dogs</a>,</em> Bridgend-born and based Edwards is known...
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Carolyn Jess-Cooke
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<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; and often &nbsp;because of &ndash; &lsquo;the pram in the hall.&rsquo; &ndash; Shelley Day</strong>...
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Yvonne Reddick
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<p><em>Translating Mountains</em> is the Mslexia prize-winning pamphlet from Yvonne Reddick. The poems are multi-layered compositions. They tell of grief for a beloved father as well as a close friend, who both died in mountain-climbing accidents. The author&rsquo;s own love of mountaineering comes through with her vividly...
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Polly Atkin
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<p><em>Basic Nest Architecture</em>, Polly Atkin&rsquo;s first collection of poetry, marks a startling new talent. Known for a couple of prize-winning pamphlets, including her Seren/Mslexia prize-winning <em>Shadow Dispatches</em>, and her Michael Marks nominated <em>Bone Song</em>, and widely...
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Siobhán Campbell
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<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 intelligence that resists easy answers to the conundrums that have faced her Irish homeland, but also suffused with a grudging...
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Maggie Harris
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<p>Maggie Harris&rsquo; stories are informed by the Caribbean, where she was born, and Britain where she has lived as an adult, and through them, the wider world. Issues of belonging and migration feature, but alongside these are growing interests in voice, narrative, gardening and botany, music and family. There are both UK and...
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Ian Spring
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<p>Revisiting his native city, Ian Spring&rsquo;s new book charts how it has changed over the last forty years. In <em>Real Glasgow</em> he visits the city&rsquo;s landmarks, and also his personal landmarks, overlaying the current map of Glasgow with the map in his memory.</p><p>Among the shipyards of Govan,...
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Jen Jones
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<p>Jen Jones&nbsp;has written an expanded version of&nbsp;<em>Welsh Quilts</em>, her authoritative guide&nbsp;to the history and art of the quilt in Wales.&nbsp;Kaffe Fassett, the doyenne of textiles, provides a Foreword for this&nbsp;new edition, which also&nbsp;includes a greater&nbsp;number of...
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Charles Mundye
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<p><em>Robert Graves: War Poems</em> is a significant publishing event, the first book that draws together all of Robert Graves&rsquo;s poems about the Great War and, even more significantly, brings into print for the first time the unpublished 1918 manuscript, <em>The Patchwork Flag</em>. The book includes poems...
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Rhiannon Hooson
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<p>Rhiannon Hooson is a gifted young poet born in mid-Wales and currently living in the Welsh Marches. <em>The Other City</em> is her debut collection of poems.</p><p>Sharply focused, beautifully resonant, deeply felt, these poems tend to travel in distinct streams: some reference and re-make narratives from classical...
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<p>Wales is full of wildlife sites and in&nbsp;<em>Wild Places</em>&nbsp;television naturalist Iolo&nbsp;Williams picks his favourite forty from the many nature reserves scattered&nbsp;around the country. From Cemlyn on Anglesey to the Newport Wetlands, from&nbsp;Stackpole in Pembrokeshire to the Dee Estuary,...
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A glittering bilingual anthology.&rsquo; &ndash; George Szirtes</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;<em>The Other Tiger</em> serves as a window on what is, to many readers, still another world. It is a great and generous gift, a legacy that will endure.&rsquo; &...
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Clare Dudman
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<p>Join novelist Clare Dudman as she explores within the city walls of Chester in this new addition to the Real series. Here is the richly historic city as you <em>won&rsquo;t</em> find it in guidebooks: a place which looks over its shoulder at its long and very visible past, and the continuing redevelopment and its effects...
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<p><strong>&lsquo;His energy, inventiveness and human sympathy make him one of the most exciting poets of his generation.&rsquo; &ndash; Merryn Williams</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Seren is honoured by our long association with the Welsh poet Tony Curtis and we are proud to be publishing,...
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Deryn Rees-Jones
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<p>Deryn Rees-Jones&rsquo;s new book, <em>What It&rsquo;s Like to Be Alive: Selected Poems</em>, marks a mid-career milestone in the life of this highly-acclaimed writer. From the poems written in her teens and early twenties included in her exciting debut <em>The Memory Tray</em> to her most recent...
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My Falling Down House Jayne Joso
Jayne Joso
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<p><br /><strong>&lsquo;<em>My Falling Down House</em> is a masterpiece&rsquo; &ndash; Anne Janowitz, Emerita Professor, Dept of English, Queen Mary University of London</strong></p><p><strong>&lsquo;This is a novel for anyone who has had a setback in life; for anyone who ever...
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Nicholas Murray
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<p><strong>&#39;Nicholas Murray unleashed his inner poet for his greatest nonfiction book,&nbsp;<em>Crossings</em>. An examination of borders of all kinds &ndash; cultural, political, linguistic &ndash;&nbsp;it is particularly poignant when he approaches liminal borders such as old age.&#39; Martina...
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The Immigration Handbook Caroline Smith
Caroline Smith
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<p><strong>Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 2016</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>&#39;These poems are very moving and it&#39;s hard to do justice to the way Caroline Smith conveys the anxieties, hopes and disappointments experienced by immigrants. She never allows the reader to...
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Chris McCabe
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<p>Join poet Chris McCabe as he explores London&rsquo;s South Bank in the latest title in the&nbsp;Real series. Here is the area as you won&rsquo;t find it in guidebooks: the&nbsp;&lsquo;oozy&rsquo;&nbsp;docklands&nbsp;history, its legacy of institutions and their buildings, its attraction for great writers...
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Aled Rhys Hughes
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<p><strong>&lsquo;A </strong> <strong>sensitive, allusive photo-essay about the interactions between landscape, memory and time&rsquo; &ndash; Planet</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Mametz​ marks the centenary of the Battle of Mametz Wood, the most significant battle in World War I...
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