Celebrating Seren

Poetry Breakfast ~ at home

Celebrating Seren ~ Live Zoom event

Poetry Breakfast in October is a celebration of the 40th year that Seren has been publishing

‘stories well told, whether in poetry, fiction or non-fiction.’

We’re not looking back though, or resting on laurels. No, Seren has chosen to bring to Poetry Breakfast four outstanding poets, all of whom have new collections out this year.  Join us on Thursday October 14th at 9am at our live Zoom Poetry Breakfast, at which the following four poets will all be reading from their latest work.

Poetry Breakfast this month will be introduced by Amy Wack.

Amy is from San Diego, California, she completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University in Manhattan.

Amy has lived in Cardiff  since the early 90s and for much of this time has been the Poetry Editor at Seren Books where she presides over a multi-prizewinnning list of poets from all over the world, with a particular focus on Wales.

Abeer Ameer

Abeer Ameer’s poems have appeared widely in print and online journals and anthologies, including Acumen, The Poetry Review, The Rialto and Poetry Wales.

This is Abeer’s second time with Poetry Breakfast as Jonathan Edwards chose her poem Ahmad ~ after R. S. Thomas in his ‘I Remember’ selection, November 2021.

In her debut collection Inhale/Exile she shares stories of her Iraqi forebears in poetry that is moving, powerful and a testament to her peoples’ spirit.

 

Christopher Meredith

Christopher Meredith is the award-winning author of five novels (the latest, Please, is published simultaneously with the new poems, Still), a short story collection and five collections of poetry. Prizes include an Eric Gregory Award, the Arts Council of Wales Young Writer Prize and the Fiction Prize for his first novel, Shifts.

He has broadcast on radio and TV and given readings around the UK as well as in Europe and the USA. He has been a steelworker, a schoolteacher and a university professor.

Still builds on Christopher’s previous collection, Air Histories, shifting between the personal and impersonal, developing a characteristically wide range of forms, techniques, settings and moods. Many of the poems feature Welsh landscapes and settings, in common with much of the author’s previous work.

 

Kim Moore

Kim Moore’s first full-length collection The Art of Falling won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2015.  She won a New Writing North Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2012.

Her first pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. It was chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012.

Kim’s eagerly awaited second collection of poems is pointedly feminist, challenging and keenly aware of the contradictions and complexities of desire. The 48 numbered poems take us through a gallery of exes and significant others where we encounter rage, pain, guilt, and love.

 

Ilse Pedler

Auscultation means listening and specifically, in medicine, listening to sounds that come from the body’s internal organs. If listening is a central theme of this collection, it is also about being heard.

Ilse Pedler is poet of breadth and depth. There are poems here about waiting rooms and surgical instruments, about crisis calls, about overhearing farmers and pet owners and colleagues. There are poems about surviving a stern childhood and a heartbreaking sequence about being a stepmother. This is a compelling set of poems from a striking new voice.

Ilse is a winner of the Mslexia Pamphlet Competition with her pamphlet The Dogs that Chase Bicycle Wheels

Zoom Poetry Breakfast

 

If you would like to hear poems from the latest collections of Abeer Ameer, Christopher Meredith, Kim Moore and Ilse Pedler we’d love to see you at our live event on Zoom. The date is Thursday October 14th at 9am and will last about an hour. The guide price is £5. You do still need to bring your own coffee and croissant!

 

Seren ~ celebrating 40 years of the best independent publishing in Wales

 

Since its beginnings in 1981, Seren has developed into one of the most interesting publishing houses in Britain, with an international reputation for excellence. Their poetry list includes Owen Sheers, Paul Henry, Sheenagh Pugh, Jonathan Edwards, Peter Finch, Katrina Naomi, Deryn Rees-Jones, Tamar Yoseloff and more.

 

Thank you

Thank you to Seren and to our four very special guest poets for joining us at Poetry Breakfast. I’m looking forward to seeing you on October 14th.

Our guest on November 11th will be Liz Lefroy and the theme is ‘Leaving’ ~ please send in your poetry suggestions now.

Very best wishes to all,  Anna

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