Seren Advent Calendar: 24 days of offers

Seren Advent Calendar 24 days of offers

Here’s a special Seren advent calendar– instead of chocolate, you’ll find 24 fantastic book offers to enjoy.

Each day in December we’ll reveal a different book, available half price for one day only. We’ll have a range of poetry, fiction, biography, art, photography and Welsh interest titles included, so there are sure to be surprises to delight everyone.

We’ll be updating this blog post every day with the latest offer, so keep your eyes peeled!

1st December: 50% off Wales’ Best One Hundred Churches
2nd December: 50% off Masque
3rd December: 50% off Leslie Norris: The Complete Poems
4th December: 50% off Star-Shot
5th December: 50% off Losing Israel
6th December: 50% off Significance
7th December: 50% off A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems
8th December: 50% off Writing the Picture
9th December: 50% off The Immigration Handbook
10th December: 50% off American Sycamore
11th December: 50% off The Road to Zagora
12th December: 50% off House of Small Absences
13th December: 50% off Borderlands
14th December: 50% off Limestone Man
15th December: 50% off A Boat Called Annalise
16th December: 50% off The Harp in Wales
17th December: 50% off Morlais
18th December: 50% off Newspaper Taxis: Poetry After The Beatles
19th December: 50% off Men Who Played the Game
20th December: 50% off
Swimming on Dry Land
21st December: 50% off Playing House
22nd December: 50% off The Rivalry of Flowers

23rd December: 50% off the New Stories from the Mabinogion complete signed box setNew Stories from The Mabinogion box set
In New Stories from the Mabinogion ten great authors have taken the Celtic myth cycle as a starting point to give us masterly re-workings with a modern twist in a series both various and wonderful. This box set contains all ten contemporary tales, signed by the authors – Owen Sheers, Gwyneth Lewis, Horatio Clare, Cynan Jones, Niall Griffiths, Russell Celyn Jones, Tishani Doshi, Fflur Dafydd, Lloyd Jones and Trezza Azzopardi.


Each offer ends at midnight on the specified day.















10 Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Hay-On-Wye

To celebrate the launch of Jim Saunders’ new book, Hay – Landscape Literature and the Town of Books, here’s 10 amazing facts you may not known about the famous festival town.

1) Despite its Herefordshire postal address, Hay-on-Wye is actually in Wales, and its Welsh name is Y Gelli Gandryll. (But its Co-op supermarket is just over the border in England, where they still have free carrier bags.)

2) People have been living and building in the countryside around Hay since the Stone Age. In 1959 and 1960 the pupils of Clyro Court secondary school discovered over 2000 flint arrowheads dating from this period at Old Forest Farm in Clyro. Also dating from this period is a chambered tomb near the entrance of Clyro Court, and Arthur’s Tomb in Bredwardine.

3) According to legend, Maud Walbee built Hay castle in just one night with her bare hands, carrying the stones in her apron.

4) The world-famous Hay literature festival has been running for the past 27 years and was founded around a kitchen table in 1987 by Norman and Rhoda Florence.

5) Hay has no fewer than 21 bookshops and two bookbinders, all in a town with a population of 1,500. That’s one bookshop for every 71 residents

6) Richard Booth is credited with putting Hay on the map as ‘the town of books’ after opening his first bookshop in 1962. The bookshop is still thriving today.

7) In 1977, Richard Booth proclaimed Hay an independent kingdom and crowned himself king of Hay. He named his horse Prime Minister.

8) Welsh nationalist hero, Owain Glyndwr, is said to be buried in Herefordshire, just a few miles from Hay. There are four possible burial sites: Monnington-on-Wye, Monnington Court, Croft Castle and Kentchurch.

9) The town of Hay is twinned with Timbuktu in Mali.

10) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Hound of the Baskervilles” has mysterious connections with Hay and the surrounding areas. the village of Clyro, just across the Wye from Hay.   Clyro Court was built by local landowner Thomas Mynors Baskerville while his neighbours the Vaughans, of Clyro and Kington are associated with a spooky local legend. At Hergest Court in the 15th century lived Tomas ap Rosser, known as Black Vaughan. After he was killed at the battle of Banbury in 1469, local legend has it that his restless spirit tormented the townsfolk, taking numerous forms, including a black hound. What’s more, Tomas owned a black dog. The dog is said to have haunted generations of the Vaughan family, appearing before them to signify imminent death. Conan Doyle definitely knew Clyro, his first wife owned two farms there. Is this where his “savage, appalling, hellish” hound originated?

Want to find out more about Hay? Get the book or come along to the launch on 5th  September, 6pm at Booth’s Bookshop.


Join Our Online Book Club

Join our Online Book Club to get 20% off every book you buy from us.

It takes seconds to sign up to the Seren online book club – you will enjoy 20% off every puchase made.

You will be kept up-to-date with forthcoming titles, news and events. Be the first to know when a new title has just been released, see exclusive videos of Seren authors reading from their books and enjoy special offers which are available to our online Book Club Members only.

We want to contact people interested in Seren, its list, authors, events and news. And even the multinational publishers can’t rely on the usual media for this information so we want to open our own channel of communication.

Members help us understand our readers (ensuring we can continue to publish the books you enjoy), and help us make a better website. We know readers of Seren titles will be literate, informed and interested in a variety of styles and subjects. Our ambition is to make this site a prime port of call for all those interested in the goings-on in the (independent) publishing sector and beyond. We need feedback from visitors and recognise the value of their comments as a resource to make the site relevant and attractive.

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Bruce Cardwell

Bruce Cardwell’s connection with horses goes back to his childhood in Ireland.  A long career in the world of the horse includes work with organisations as various as William Hill and the National Trust, a stud farm in the Cotswolds, a millionaire’s stables in Greece and a rest home for horses in Buckinghamshire. He has also trained show-jumpers and owned horses to ride and drive. He has lived in West Wales for many years and is now resident in Aberystwyth

Books by Bruce Cardwell




Bruce Cardwell

Music makers are the focus of Bruce Cardwell latest book of black and white reportage and portrait photography. Practitioners of acoustic and vocal music – folk, gospel, opera, choral, classical and ethnic – in Wales as the start of the twenty first century make a rich and diverse gallery of talent. Cardwell’s subjects range from harpists Catrin Finch and Elinor Bennett, through Bryn Terfel, conductor Owain Arwel Hughes and Incredible String Band songwriter Robin Williamson to Welsh bagpipers, hurdy gurdy players, harpmakers, and African drummers in Newbridge and steel bands in Carmarthen.

Due for release on 4th April 2011.

Bruce Cardwell Launches Noteworthy – Machynlleth

Bruce Cardwell will exhibit a selection of pictures from the Noteworthy: Images of Welsh Music project at Moma Wales. Mavis Nicholson will open the exhibition at 12pm Saturday 2nd April 2011.

Bruce Cardwell will then celebrate the publication of Noteworthy at 1pm at Y Tabernacl auditorium and will be signing books early afternoon. Robin Huw Bowen will be playing the triple harp, Bowen’s influence on the worlds of Welsh folk music and harping has been far-reaching.

For more information please visit or call 01654 703355

Bruce Cardwell author of Hoofpicks: Photographs of Horse in Wales, is also celebrating a birthday concert at Y Tabernaci, 8th April which includes an excellent programme of Celtic Music.

David Hurn and John Fuller present ‘Writing the Picture’

Join Seren in celebrating Writing the Picture with authors David Hurn and John Fuller Thursday April 7th 2011, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 7.30pm and Tuesday 12th April 2011 at the Drill Hall, Chepstow. Admission £2.00, redeemable against purchase at the event.

David Hurn, well known for his Magnum photographs and the iconic Sean Connery image as James Bond.  John Fuller is an acclaimed poet and novelist, author of fourteen volumes of poetry and several works of fiction including “Flying to Nowhere” shortlisted for the Booker and winner of the Whitbread Award.

Writing the Picture is a rare and fascinating collaboration. Even more rare, it is a collaboration in which the poet responds to images, rather than a photographer or artists ‘illustrating’ a poem.

“This brave volume offers a proud collaboration between two masters of their chosen arts.”  The Independent

If you are unable to attend this event, ‘Writing the Picture’ is available at – join the book club and receive 20% off all purchases.

This event is supported by Academi

We look forward to seeing you in Cardiff and Chepstow!