Jun 27, 2011

Seren News - June 2011

From Seren Books:


Good News!


You will soon be able to buy all new Seren titles as e-books. We will keep you up-dated as to when and how they are available.

It was wonderful to see everyone at the Hay Festival, thanks to all who came to the Seren events, we hope you enjoyed them as much as we did. If you have any questions or feedback about the Seren or any other events, please do drop us an email at seren@serenbooks.com

Some more Good News!

Pascale Petit has been shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2011 with her recent collection of poetry What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo. The prize-giving ceremony will be held at Cineworld, Cardiff on July 7th. See literaturewales.org for ticket information.

Graham Mort has been shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize with his collection of short stories Touch. The winner will be announced on July 7th at Blackwells Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London.



Latest Titles

Seren Books book cover The Captain's Tower: Seventy Poets Celebrate Bob Dylan at Seventy eds. Phil Bowen, Damian Furniss, David Woolley

Unbelievably, Bob Dylan was 70 in May. The Captain's Tower is a birthday present anthology of poems concerned with Dylan's life, his work, and his cultural impact. Foreword by Ronnie Wood.

Paperback £9.99 ISBN: 9781854115607





book cover The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness

Once 'the Paris of the East', Bucharest in 1989 is a world of danger, repression and corruption, but also of intensity and ravaged beauty. A young English student with a damaged past and an uncertain future arrives in Bucharest to take up a job he never applied for and whose duties are never made clear.

Paperback £8.99 ISBN: 9781854115416





book coverDaniel's Beetles by Tony Bianchi

Daniel's Beetles is the author's adaption of Pryfeta, his prize-winning novel, originally published in Welsh. It is an absorbing, unnerving novel about memory and forgetting, stories and lies, languages and borders.

Paperback £8.99 ISBN: 9781854115447





book cover The Ivy Hides the Fig Ripe Duchess by Ellie Evans

An exhilarating first collection of poems, using a surrealist palette of imagery and tightly focused idiom, Evans takes us on strange journeys: to the post-apocalyptic world of the title poems, or into a skewed 18th century Venice in 'The Zograscope'.

Paperback £7.99 ISBN: 9781854115461





book coverReal South Pembrokeshire by Tony Curtis

The Real Series moves to west Wales with a new volume focused on Tenby and its hinterland. Poet, past resident and frequent visitor Tony Curtis roams south Pembrokeshire, from the coastal resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot, west to the surfers of Stackpole and Barafundle and north to the Landsker, the cultural boundary between English speaking south Pembs and the Welsh speaking north.

Paperback £9.99 ISBN: 9781854115379





Coming Soon - Available to Pre-Order Now!

book coverWriting King Kong by Robert Seatter

From an elliptical self-help manual to a telephone party line where we become ‘an accidental spy’ on another life via the ambivalent comfort of a drunken night singing hymns and the elusive proximity of family tree. Writing King Kong explores the way we write the world, and reinvent it both for our own development and delusion.

Publication June 2011 Paperback £7.99 ISBN: 9781854115454





book coverEvan Walters: Moments of Vision ed. Barry Plummer

Evan Walters (1893-1951) is perhaps the great hidden secret of Welsh painting in the twentieth century, an outstanding artist who awaits discovery beyond Wales. This book presents, for the first time, a generous selection of colour reproductions of his paintings – portraits, landscapes, still lives – with a biographical essay on the artist.

Publication July 2011 Paperback £12.99 ISBN: 9871854115423





targetSecond Chance by Sian James

Unexpectedly back home in Wales, actress Kate Rivers must confront harsh truths about her London life, her past and her chances of happiness. First published in 2000, this classic tale is told with skill and sympathy by novelist Sian James.

Publication July 2011 Paperback £8.99 ISBN: 9871854115430





book coverJonah Jones by Peter Jones

Sculptor, painter, letter cutter, stained glass artist, novelist, travel writer, academic and administrator; Jonah Jones (1919-2004) was a twentieth century renaissance man.

Publication July 2011 Hardback £14.99 ISBN: 9871854115560





Meet the Author

Friday 1st July, 7pm: Book Launch Evan Walters: Moments of Vision. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road, Swansea, SA1 5DZ. Royalties donated to the Noah’s Ark Appeal. RSVP only – 01656 663018 or vents@serenbooks.com

Saturday 2nd July, 11.30am" Ledbury Festival Anne Marie Fyfe Understudies: New and Selected Poems Burgage Hall, £8 poetry-festival.com

Saturday 2nd July, 7.30pm: Poetry on the Border with Mike Jenkins and Elaine Feinstein. Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow. Tickets £12/ concessions £10. poetryontheborder.org

Monday 4th July - 24th July: Thin Partitions by Ken Elias is exhibiting at the Senedd and Pierhead, Cardiff Bay. Books available to buy at the Senedd gift shop or online

Thursday 7th July, 7.30pm: Wales Book of the Year Ceremony 2011, Cineworld Cardiff literaturewales.org for ticket information.



Poem of the Month

Kinetic Melodies

It is easy to speak of language as ownership,

your purring phonemes are not my right

nor any dialogic imagination



It is like the time I mixed metaphors

and found myself nude, addressing a crowd

with no immediate



Parallel or paradox to flail at.

An empty lectern, a thousand eyes.



from Sound Archive by Nerys Williams

To view the rest of this poem click here and see our new 'View Extract Pages' found on the cover image.

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