Seren Presents: New & Collected Poetry

Featuring Eric Ngalle Charles, Hilary LLewellyn-Williams & Kim Moore

Date: Friday 29th July
Time: 16:00
Venue: theatre
Price: £5.00 / £3.00

New poetry

Seren presents new and collected work including  Eric Ngalle Charles’ long-awaited first collection Homelands, Hilary Llewelyn-Williams’ New and Selected Poems, The Little Hours and Kim Moore’s All The Men I Never Married

In Homelands, his debut collection, Eric Ngalle Charles draws on his early life raised by the matriarchs of Cameroon, being sent to Moscow by human traffickers, and finding a new home in Wales. Hilary Llywellyn-Williams’ landmark new volume includes lyric poems that range around topics like the natural world, the environment, and the condition of women. Kim Moore’s most eagerly-awaited second collection is pointedly feminist, challenging, and keenly aware of the contradictions and complexities of desire.

Kim Moore is an award-winning poet. She completed her doctorate in Poetry and Everyday Sexism at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2020. Her poems have been published in the TLS, Poetry Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. She regularly appears at festivals and events. Her pamphlet, If we could speak like wolves (Smith-Doorstop) was chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012 and was shortlisted for other prizes. Moore won an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2010. In 2014 she won a Northern Promise award. Her debut collection The Art of Falling won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was longlisted for Lakeland Book of the Year in 2016. Her second collection All The Men I Never Married was published in 2021. She is co-director of the Kendal Poetry Festival.. Photo credit: Lorna Elizabeth

Eric Ngalle Charles is a Cameroonian writer, poet, playwright, and human rights activist based in Wales. He was awarded the Creative Wales Award 2017/2018 for his work on the topics of migration, trauma, and memory. In his autobiography I, Eric Ngalle: One Man’s Journey Crossing Continents from Africa to Europe (2019), he recounts his journey to Europe, where he spent several years seeking refuge. He sits on the boards of Literature Wales and Aberystwyth Arts Centre Advisory Group and began his Ph.D. at King’s College London in October 2021. His debut collection Homelands was published by Seren in 2022.

Hilary Lewellyn-Williams has been a Seren poet since 1987. Her first collection The Tree Calendar won a WAC Young Writers Award the following year. Three further collections followed: Book of Shadows (1990), Animaculture (1997) and Greenland (2003). A reprint of her first three books in one volume, Hummadruz, appeared in 2000. In 2003 she embarked on a change of career, training as a psychotherapist while continuing creative writing tutoring with the Open University.  She now has a thriving private counselling practice in Abergavenny. Her New and Selected Poems: The Little Hours is due from Seren in 2022 reintroducing her poetry to a new and wider audience.

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