Mar 30, 2011

Seren News - April 2011 - Welsh Books, Books From Wales

Seren News - April 2011

Welcome to the all-new Seren News! In this issue we bring you an insight into our latest titles. Find out where your favourite Seren authors will be reading in the next couple of weeks.


Ruth Bidgood Shorlisted for Roland Mathias Prize!


Ruth Bidgood's Time Being has been shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Prize 2011. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Ruth Bidgood, who lives in Powys, has published twelve volumes of poetry. Her descriptions in Time Being are credited as “Sharp and memorable, tending to a cool accuracy.”
The Award Ceremony for the Roland Mathias Prize 2011 will be held at The Guildhall, Brecon on Friday 8th April 2011.


Latest Titles


The Colour of Grass by Nia Williams
Helen’s family is falling apart. There are no answers from her husband. She can't communicate with her daughter. So she turns to other relatives: the ones who are dead and gone. Straightaway she finds herself floundering in a new world of friends, secrets, enemies and family history enthusiasts. A story about families, past and present, and life’s unexpected connections.
Paperback £8.99 ISBN: 9781854115393

Poor Man’s Parliament by Martin Shipton
Did you vote 'Yes' for the new law making powers in the National Assembly? Read this incisive account of the first 10 years of the Welsh Assembly. It’s packed with eye-catching drama – those who think that nothing happens at the Assembly will read Poor Man’s Parliament and wonder how they could be so wrong.
Paperback £12.99 ISBN: 9781854115164

Sound Archive by Nerys Williams
The strikingly original first collection of poems from Nerys Williams. Using formal strategies similar to modernist painting: abstraction, dislocation, surrealist juxtaposition, the poet conjures a complex music, intriguing narratives, and poems full of atmosphere that query identity, gender, and the dream of art as a vehicle for emotion and meaning. A thoughtful, subtle and fascinating first collection.
Paperback £7.99 ISBN: 9781854115386

Coming Soon

The Dragon and the Crescent by Grahame Davies
In the early twenty-first century, the relationship between the West and Islam has, due to recent political events, become the subject of intense study, curiosity and tension. But to understand contemporary anxieties, we need to trace their historical roots. Grahame Davies' The Dragon and the Crescent does this for one small European nation, revealing for the first time, the full and surprising story of the Welsh relationship with Islam.
Publication April 2011
Paperback £12.99 ISBN: 9781854115577

Noteworthy by Bruce Cardwell
Music makers are the focus of Bruce Cardwell latest book of black and white reportage and portrait photography. Practitioners of acoustic and vocal music – folk, gospel, opera, choral, classical and ethnic – in Wales over the last decade of the twenty first century, make a rich and diverse gallery of talent.
Publication April 2011
Hardback £14.99 ISBN: 978185411540


Meet the Author


Monday 28th March, 7.30pm. Martin Shipton, author of Poor Man’s Parliament, talks at the London Welsh Centre. Lower Hall, London Welsh Centre.
Friday 1st April, 7 pm. Ruth Bidgood will be reading at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown with Jan Fortune-Wood.-Ruth's most recent collection Time Being is shortlisted for the Roland Mathias Prize.
Saturday 2nd April, 12pm. Bruce Cardwell exhibits his new book, Noteworthy: Images of Welsh Music at Moma Wales. Mavis Nicholson will open the exhibition.
Tuesday 5th April, 5.30pm. Nia Williams launches her latest novel The Colour of Grass at George & Delila Café, 104 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1JE
Wednesday 6th April, 7 pm. The Other Room reading series with Carrie Etter, author of The Tethers, Ken Edwards, Alec Finlay, and, by live stream, Derek Henderson, The Old Abbey Inn, 61 Pencroft Way, Manchester M15 6AY. Free admission.
David Hurn and John Fuller present Writing the Picture:
Thursday 7th April, 7.30pm at the Media Point Room, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and Tuesday 12th April, 7.30pm at The Drill Hall, Chepstow. Entrance to both events is £2.00 (redeemable against the price of the book)




Seren have five proof copies of Daniel’s Beetles by Tony Bianchi to give away!
What is the key to happiness? Is it a job at Daniel’s Beetles, out at the end of April 2011 is an absorbing, unnerving novel about memory and forgetting, stories and lies.
Send an email with 'Daniel’s Beetles' in the subject line to seren [at] serenbooks [dot] com for your chance to win. Closing date 4th April 2011 Terms & Conditions
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