Due to a period of exciting change at Seren, the Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival will be taking a break in 2023.
The festival is run by the small team behind Welsh independent publisher Seren and arranging the festival each year is an enormous undertaking. Following the retirement of our long-term Publisher Mick Felton, Seren is currently in the process of appointing a new CEO and the Seren team are focused on working together on our forthcoming titles and annual publishing programme.
As a result, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our 2023 festival. However, we won’t be going away completely, as we are still planning a small series of one-off events to keep us going until we announce our future plans.
Keep an eye on our website and the Seren social media channels for details of these events which will be announced very soon.
Thank you to all our followers for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you again very soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.