Jul 28, 2011

News From Seren Books: "Seren Books: Well Chosen Words"

A Special Seren News!

Two Seren titles have been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, Best First Collection 2011.

The Forward Prize shortlist has been announced, and we here at Seren, are thrilled to see two of our poetry titles on the shortlist for ‘Best First Collection’ 2011. Both Sound Archive by Nerys Williams and Loudness by Judy Brown find themselves shortlisted along with another four poets. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 5th October, the eve of National Poetry Day, at a ceremony in Somerset House in London. Seren author, Hilary Menos, won this prize last year for her collection Berg.

Sound Archive is a strikingly original first collection of poems. 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.

Nerys Williams is originally from Pen-Y-Bont, Carmarthen in West Wales. A recent winner of the Ted McNulty Poetry Prize, she lectures in American Literature at University College, Dublin.

“Sound Archive is an innovative volume..”-- The Irish Times.


Judy Brown’s beautiful first collection Loudness, is a straightforward manner and a gift for ironic humour belie the artful complexities and the exacting observations evident in her work. Loudness will be available to buy at the end of September 2011.

Judy Brown was born in Cheshire and has lived in Northumbria, Cumbria and Hong Kong. She has studied English Literature at Cambridge and Newcastle-upon Tyne and now lives between London (where her ‘day job’ is working part-time as a lawyer) and Derbyshire. She has won the Poetry London and Manchester Festival Poetry prizes and she has placed in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition and others. She is also the author of a prize-winning pamphlet, Pillars of Salt.


The Forward Prize for Best First Collection shortlist:

Rachael Boast Sidereal
Judy Brown Loudness
Nancy Gaffield Tokaido Road
Ahren Warner Confer
John Whale Waterloo Teeth
Nerys Williams Sound Archive



New Titles from Seren Books - Out Now!


Evan Walters: Moments of Vision
Ed. Barry Plummer


The Last Hundred Days
by Patrick McGuinness


The Quality of Light
by Richard Collins


Real South Pembrokeshire
by Tony Curtis


Daniel's Beetles
by Tony Bianchi


The Captain's Tower
Eds. Phil Bowen, Damien Furniss
David Woolley


Forthcoming Titles


Jonah Jones: An Artist's Life
Peter Jones


Second Chance
Sian James



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