The Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival (formerly Seren Cornerstone) was founded in February 2018, a partnership between independent book publishers Seren, and Cornerstone in Cardiff. This year, however, building on the success of the first two… More
The Seren Cornerstone Poetry Festival returns for 2019 with an eclectic and wonderful mix of poetry, film, art and music. Taking place in the beautiful Cornerstone building on Charles Street, this winter weekend of events will showcase both new and established voices.
Owen Sheers’ ‘To Provide All People’
Robert Minhinnick & Menna Elfyn: Traitor Translator?
Generations: Afternoon Tea with Jonathan Edwards, Christopher Meredith & Archbishop George Stack
‘How BAME are you?’ hosted by Hanan Issa
See the full programme of events here:
We are dedicating our 2019 festival to the inspirational whirlwind that was Christian Brown, OBE, KSG, Co-Director of our First Festival and the force behind the restoration of the beautiful Cornerstone building in Charles Street.
Christian sadly died in 2018, but he left a legacy of passionate involvement in the arts, particularly poetry and music. We salute his memory.
“Christian Brown was an irrepressible font of enthusiasm for the arts and as co-founder of the Seren/Cornerstone Poetry festival he has contributed to the culture of Wales in no small measure. We celebrate his vision, courage and considerable humour. He will be missed.” – Amy Wack, Seren Poetry Editor
Christian is pictured with Cornerstone Poet in Residence Katherine Stansfield, who performed in the Seren/Cornerstone Poetry Festival, which took place for the first time in February 2018.
The festival would not have taken place without Christian’s dynamic leadership and his passion for poetry; we will be forever grateful for his partnership and support.
‘He was full of enthusiasm for the role of poetry in Cornerstone’s new life, believing it could offer a special record of the year’s events, diverse as they were. As poet-in-residence it was my job to capture life at Cornerstone – a bustling place with a rich history of different forms of worship – in five poems, written over the course of twelve months.’
Katherine Stansfield (read more)
If you have any queries you can get in touch with the festival team through our Contact page
Curated by Seren’s Poetry Editor Amy Wack, the Seren Cornerstone Poetry Festival is a vibrant weekend of events. The 2019 festival takes place 8-10 February and will showcase a diverse and exciting range of artists: poetry, art, music and film from new and established voices.
When booking, choose your food preference for the catered events – meat or vegetarian.
*Are you a student, unwaged or receiving financial support? Concession tickets are available for every event. Phone our office to find out more & book: 01656 663018
Opening Buffet: Katherine Stansfield, Emily Blewitt, Kim Moore
Fri, Feb 8, 6:00pm
Owen Sheers Presents: ‘To Provide All People’
Fri, Feb 8, 8:00pm
Peter Finch: Real Cardiff: The Flourishing City
Sat, Feb 9, 12:00pm
Robert Minhinnick and Menna Elfyn: Traitor Translator?
Sat, Feb 9, 1:15pm
Imagistic: Blurring the Lines
Sat, Feb 9, 2:30pm
Afternoon Tea: Generations – Jonathan Edwards and Christopher Meredith
Sat, Feb 9, 4:00pm
‘How BAME are you?’
Sat, Feb 9, 6:00pm
Mslexia’s Debbie Taylor: Stepping onto the publishing ladder
Sun, Feb 10, 11:30
Sunday Lunch with Mslexia Magazine: Poetry Pamphlet Prizewinners
Sun, Feb 10, 1:00pm
Full Festival Ticket
8 – 10 Feb
Fri, Feb 8, 6:00pm
Sat, Feb 9, 10:30am
Sun, Feb 10, 11:30pm
Are you a student, unwaged or receiving financial support? Concession tickets are available for every event. Phone our office to find out more & to book: 01656 663018
“The first Cornerstone Poetry Festival did what the name says: it laid the foundations for building an exciting, diverse and top class celebration of poetry that is a credit to Cardiff and to Wales. It brought spring bouncing into a chilly February weekend.’Robert Walton, poet