The countdown is on

There’s just one week to go until we open our doors for Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival 2022! We’re looking forward to welcoming audiences back in person and online for 3 days of readings, workshops and discussion on the theme of wellbeing. Tickets for all our events are available here. You can also buy Day and Weekend passes to make the most of each day.

To watch any of our events online order a £5 Festival Online Pass and dip in an out of the live stream on our AM channel at any time across the 3 days.

Award-winning line up

Left to right: Abeer Ameer, Jeremy Dixon, SL Grange and Kim Moore

This year’s stellar line-up features numerous award-winning poets including Abeer Ameer and Jeremy Dixon who are both on this year’s Wales Book of the Year shortlist; Kim Moore who was recently shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection; Robert Minhinnick who, as well as being multi-award-winning author, was awarded the Hay Festival Medal for Poetry earlier this year; and the winners of the Poetry Wales Pamphlet Prize and Wales Poetry Award. As if that isn’t enough, our annual Meic Stephens Lecture focuses on the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry, following publication of the anthology A Last Respect.

Check out our full programme to find out who else is on the line up.

Don’t miss out

Left to right: Claire Williamson, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Cath Drake and Sascha Akhtar

There are still spaces left for our in person workshops. Whether you’re looking to find inspiration in nature with Jonathan Edwards; reset during Sascha Akhtar’s Immersive Mediation session; start the day with relaxing yoga guided by Siân Melangell Dafydd; spark creativity in Cath Drake’s Poetry and Mindfulness Uplift; or learn how to put Feelings into Words with Claire Williamson, there’s something for everyone.

Headline events – in person & online

Left to right: Leanne Wood, Amy Wack and Kizzy Crawford

Join us on Friday 29th July to hear Leanne Wood discuss her Desert Island Poems with Zoë Brigley. This event also supports our charity partner Daring to Dream as we’re donating all proceeds from sales of Leanne’s Desert Island Poems pamphlet to the charity.

On Saturday 30th July our monthly First Thursday reading goes on tour with eight of our regular readers from Chapter appearing alongside our former poetry editor Amy Wack in the First Thursday Showcase.

Finally the weekend closes on Sunday 31st July with a fantastic concert in Welsh and English by muscian Kizzy Crawford.

Digwyddiadau Cymreig / Welsh Events

Left to right: Sian Melangell Dafydd, Angela Graham, Gwyneth Lewis and Rev Aled Edwards

Ddydd Sul 31ain Gorffennaf bydd gennym nifer o ddigwyddiadau yn cael eu cynnal yn Gymraeg. Yn ogystal â dau weithdy dan arweiniad Siân Melangell Dafydd (Barddoniaeth a Ioga a Barddoniaeth a Meddwlgarwch) rydym yn cynnal Barddoniaeth & Noddfa (Poetry & Sanctuary), sef panel dwyieithog wedi’i gadeirio gan Angela Graham a fydd yn cynnwys cyfieithu ar y pryd i’r Saesneg.

On Sunday 31st July we have several events taking place in Welsh. As well as two workshops led by Siân Melangell Dafydd (Barddoniaeth & Yoga and Barddoniaeth & Meddwlgarwch) we’re hosting Barddoniaeth & Noddfa (Poetry & Sanctuary), a bilingual panel chaired by Angela Graham, that will include simultaneous translation into English.

Starting conversations

Conversation sessions: Anyone is welcome to join us for these free informal sessions at The Atrium led by our charity partner Daring to Dream. Reading and writing: their impact on emotional wellbeing. 16:00 Saturday 30th July. 14:00 Sunday 31st July. In person and online via Zoom. Find out more at

In collaboration with our charity partner Daring to Dream, we’re hosting two informal conversation sessions about reading and writing and their impact on emotional wellbeing. Anyone is welcome to join us for these sessions in the workshop room. There will be contributions from festival poets, from a clinical perspective and from adults living with physical illness. These sessions are taking place at 4pm on Saturday 30th July or 2pm on Sunday 31st July.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fantastic weekend! Don’t forget to spread the word and join in the conversation online. Find us on Twitter and Facebook #SCPF22.

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