The Seren Cornerstone Poetry Festival was founded in February 2018, a partnership between independent book publishers Seren, and Cornerstone in Cardiff.

The festival takes place in the beautifully restored Cornerstone building on Charles Street.

cornerstone building

The inaugural festival saw thousands flock to the iconic Cornerstone building to enjoy poetic performances, film, art and music by a range of local artists and authors.

The 2019 festival will feature a similarly eclectic mix, with authors and artists from elsewhere in Wales and beyond such as Owen Sheers, Kim Moore and Christopher Meredith.

The festival returns for 2019, 8-10 February. Save the date!

poetrycornerstone17022018-023-1030x816.jpgWe 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 is pictured here with Katherine Stansfield, Cornerstone’s Poet in Residence 2018.

‘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.


The festival team:


Our partners

Thanks to our supportive venue partners: the Archdiocese of Wales. Particular thanks to Archbishop George Stack for his thoughtful contributions to our events.

Thanks to Lucy King of Cornerstone and Hilary Coulson and her team of volunteers for help with our 2018 festival.

Thanks to Karl and Samantha of Spiros Catering who provide our delicious food (vegetarian options available).