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Seren is a dynamic independent publisher of award-winning poetry, fiction, translation, biography, art history, history and current affairs titles. For the last thirty years Seren has aimed to publish the best quality and most thought-provoking writing on offer, in well designed, well produced books.
At the heart of the Seren list is a good story told well, or an idea or history presented interestingly and provocatively. Many of Seren’s books and authors are shortlisted for – and win! – major literary prizes across Britain and America, including the Costa, Forward, T.S. Eliot, Glen Dimplex and Ondaatje Prizes.
Seren also publishes Poetry Wales magazine and maintains strong links with writing from Wales, as showcased in the popular New Stories from the Mabinogion series. Prominent Seren authors include Dannie Abse, Sheenagh Pugh, Owen Sheers, Gwyneth Lewis, Niall Griffiths, Pascale Petit and Kathryn Simmonds. And although its roots remain firmly in Wales – ‘seren’ means ‘star’ in Welsh – both its authorship and readership are international in scope, proving that writers from a small country with an intricate culture have a truly worldwide relevance.
Who's on your team?
Serena's team is small and enthusiastic. Mick Felton is the publisher and Managing Director, Amy Wack is the esteemed poetry editor (having joined Seren in the early '90s), Simon Hicks handles Sales whilst Jamie Hill creates our stunning book covers. Rosie Johns handles our marketing and publicity.
We couldn't describe the team, however, without a mention of Mojo - the office dog! Office Dog Mojo works Monday-Friday, though we use the term ‘works’ loosely.
What events do you get involved with?
We put on regular book launches and bookshop readings, and have strong connections with independent bookshops throughout Wales and the UK. In February 2018 Seren launched the first Cardiff Poetry Festival, in partnership with Cornerstone Cardiff, which will return for 2019.
What do you enjoy the most about publishing?
We love excellent writing and are dedicated to bringing our authors’ visions to life – discovering literary gems is our passion.
What’s your nearest bookshop?
WH Smith Bridgend is the closest bookseller to our office – nearby in Cardiff we visit wonderful indies like the Wellfield Bookshop and Octavo’s.