2021: Event 23

(23) Seren Showcase
& Open Mic

Sunday 18th April | 7:30-9pm | Free

In celebration of our 40th anniversary this year, poetry editor Amy Wack presents a selection of wonderful authors from our list current and past, along with an open mic to mirror our monthly ‘First Thursday’ events. With Abeer Ameer, Rhian Edwards, Rosalind Hudis, Kim Moore, Mir Mafuz Ali and Robert Walton.

Please sign up in advance for our open mic as places will be limited. Email poetryfestival@serenbooks.com to sign up.

If you’ve already registered under another event there is no need to sign up again. One link will allow you access to any free event across the weekend so that you can drop in and out of the ones you’re most interested in.

The Festival is organising the bookselling in partnership with bookshop.org. There’s an expanded range of Festival titles for each event available from our bookshop.org affiliate shop. Take a look at them here. If you buy from our shop, you are supporting the Festival, the writers, the publishers, and, thanks to the way bookshop.org operates, independent booksellers generally.

Rhian Edwards

Rhian Edwards is a multi-award winning poet. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs  (Seren) won Wales Book of the Year 2013, the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry 2013  and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice 2013. It was also shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2012. Her pamphlet  of poems, Parade the Fib  (Tall-Lighthouse), was awarded the  Poetry Book Society Choice  for autumn 2008 and her most recent pamphlet Brood  (Seren) 2017, was illustrated by Paul Edwards. Rhian is also a winner of the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, having won both the Judges‘ and Audience award.  She was the first Writer in Residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from March to June 2013. Rhian’s poems have appeared in the  Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, New Statesman, Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Arète, Prague Revue, the London Magazine, Stand and  Planet amongst others. Rhian is a poet and musician and has delivered over 400 stage, radio and festival performances world-wide. She lives in south Wales with her daughter. Her eagerly awaited second collection  The Estate Agent‘s Daughter  (2020) is available now.  

Rhian EdwardsThe Estate Agent’s Daughter
ISBN: 9781781725832

Rhian EdwardsClueless Dogs
ISBN: 9781854115737

Abeer Ameer smiling at the camera, a painting in the background.

Abeer Ameer

Abeer Ameer was born in Sunderland and grew up in Cardiff. She trained as a dentist in London and completed an MSc, developing an interest in treatment of anxious patients and mindfulness. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies including Acumen, Poetry Wales, Planet, Magma, The RialtoNew Welsh Review and Long Poem Magazine. She is a recipient of the Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme for 2020 and is a member of poetry performance group, The Spoke. She enjoys photography and painting and was the photographer for the Seren Festival 2020. Her debut poetry collection, Inhale/Exile, in which she shares stories of her Iraqi heritagewas published by Seren in February 2021.

Abeer Ameer – Inhale/Exile
ISBN: 9781781726105

Rosalind Hudis looking away from the camera.

Rosalind Hudis

Rosalind Hudis lives near Tregaron in west Wales, where she works as a freelance writer, editor, reviewer and tutor, lecturing part-time at UWTSD Lampeter as well as offering writing workshops to community groups and events. She is a former editor of The Lampeter Review. Her work has appeared widely in journals, including Poetry Wales, The Manhattan Review, and Agenda. She has published a pamphlet with Rack Press, Terra Ignota (2013) and a full collection, Tilt, with Cinnamon Press (2014) poetry from which was highly commended in the 2015 Forward prizes. Rosalind has won awards in various competitions, including the National Poetry Competition and the Poetry London Competition. She is a Hawthornden Fellow (2017) and the recipient of a Literature Wales Writers bursary in 2013 and 2018. Seren published her most recent collection, Restorations, in February 2021.

Rosalind HudisRestorations
ISBN: 9781781726082

Rosalind HudisTerra Ignota
Rack Press
ISBN: 9780956798176

Rosalind HudisTilt
Cinnamon Press
ISBN: 9781909077447

Kim Moore smiling, looking at the camera.

Kim Moore

Kim Moore  lives and works in Cumbria. Her first full length collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in April 2015 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She won a New Writing North Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2012. Kim judged the 2018 National Poetry Competition, along with Kei Miller and Mark Waldron. Her first pamphlet  If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy, was chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award and the Lakeland Book of the Year Award. Her forthcoming (Oct 2021) title is All the Men I Never Married (Seren).

Kim MooreThe Art of Falling
ISBN: 9781781722374

Mir Mahfuz Ali looking into the camera.

Mir Mahfuz Ali 

Mir Mahfuz Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1958. He studied in Essex and Cambridge Universities. He has worked as a model, a tandoori chef and as a dancer and actor. He is renowned for his extraordinary voice: a rich, throaty whisper brought about by a Bangladeshi policeman trying to silence the singing of anthems during an anti-war demonstration. He has given readings and performances at The Royal Opera House, BBC Newsnight Review, Radio 4, and the World Service. His debut poetry collection Midnight, Dhaka was published by Seren in 2014. He is now completing his second book. 

Mir Mahfuz AliMidnight, Dhaka
ISBN: 9781781721599

Robert Walton looking away from the camera.

Robert Walton

Cardiff-born and bred but living in Bristol, Robert Walton’s first collection, Workings, was published by Gomer Press decades ago. After his Pighog Press chapbook, Waiting for the Wave (2012), Seren published his second collection, Sax Burglar Blues (2017) which was shortlisted by Wales Arts Review for ‘Best Book from Wales 2018’. He is a member of The Spoke poetry group: in collaboration with electro-jazz duo Eyebrow, their community project/pamphlet/CD, Track Record (Mulfran Press 2019), won CRN’s 2020 Community Arts Award. Recently Robert has won the North American Festival of Wales Poetry Competition 2020 and been commended in the 2020 Troubadour International Poetry Competition. Currently working on his next collection alongside a non-fiction text, he teaches creative writing at Cardiff University, loves cats, follows the Bluebirds, and plays bad sax.

Robert WaltonSax Burglar Blues
ISBN: 9781781724088

Track Record