The Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival Returns for 2020!

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 festivals, we are moving to a brand new venue for 2020, the Temple of Peace in the historic Cathays Park.

We’re moving! Join us at the Temple of Peace, 14-16th February 2020.

Featuring events in the splendid Art Deco Marble Hall, further readings and lectures in the elegant panelled library, and several smaller spaces for workshops, this year’s festival promises to be the best yet. Plus there’s an onsite bookshop and café!

We have some exciting authors and events in store so keep an eye on our website and social media for updates. Tickets will be available soon.

If you have any queries you can get in touch with the festival team through our Contact page

UPDATE: Last Minute Bookings

Booking closes 2pm TODAY for our catered events! If you’re interested in the Afternoon Tea, ‘How BAME are you‘ or Sunday Lunch, book now:

When booking, choose your food preference for the catered events – meat or vegetarian.

For ‘How BAME are you‘, Halal option is available.

‘How BAME are you?’
Sat, Feb 9, 6:00pm

David Hurn to return as Seren Cornerstone Poetry Festival Photographer

Renowned Welsh photographer David Hurn is returning to document the 2019 Seren Cornerstone Poetry Festival, which is taking place 8-10 February.

David Hurn began his career in 1955, and gained his reputation as a photojournalist for his documentation of the Hungarian revolution of 1956. He returned to Wales in the late 1960s, initially living in a van for a year photographing the country. In 1973 he set up the School of Documentary Photography in Newport. He continues to live and work in Wales, and has donated a large collection of photographs taken by him and other leading contemporary photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, and Bill Brandt, to the National Museum of Wales. Seren has published two collections of Hurn’s photography: Living in Wales (2003) and Writing the Picture (2010).

Thinking of attending the Seren Cornerstone Poetry Festival? Tickets are on sale – book yours now.

We are dedicating our 2019 festival to Christian Brown, OBE, KSG… 

Christian Brown

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

A weekend of poetry in Cardiff: book your tickets now

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

Imagistic: Blurring the Lines
Sat, Feb 9, 2:30pm

‘How BAME are you?’
Sat, Feb 9, 6:00pm

Full Festival Ticket
8 – 10 Feb

Friday Ticket
Fri, Feb 8, 6:00pm

Saturday Ticket
Sat, Feb 9, 10:30am

Sunday Ticket
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