Alternative Stories and Fake Realities

Seren Books 40th Anniversary

October 31, 2021 Season 5 Episode 4
Alternative Stories and Fake Realities
Seren Books 40th Anniversary
Show Notes

In this edition we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Seren Books, the publisher from south Wales responsible for launching the careers of many poets and for putting out a series of memorable poetry collections including a few featured previously on Alt Stories 

 In this podcast you can hear an interview with Seren’s outgoing poetry editor Amy Wack who leaves the press at the end of October 2021.  She looks back at her time with Seren and the changes to the style and readership of poetry since she joined. 

 The presenter of this podcast is Nadia Wyn Abouayen and the readers from Alt Stories are Tiffany Clare and Chris Gregory

 We feature the following poems in this podcast 

 “We are coming” by Kim Moore is taken from her recently published collection “All the men I never married” and is read by Tiffany Clare 

 “Yet, he remembers Baghdad” by Abeer Ameer from the 2021 collection “Inhale / Exile” read by Tiffany Clare 

 “Air Camera” by Christopher Meredith from his collection “Still” is read by Chris Gregory

 “Wrack of Summer” is taken from Polly Atkin’s latest collection “Much With Body” and is read by Tiffany Clare 

 “Karaoke King” is the title poem of Dai George’s latest collection which came out in June.  The reader is Chris Gregory. 

 “Paean for a cliff railway driver” is written and read by Paul Henry and is taken from the upcoming collection “As if to sing” to be published by Seren in 2022

 From the collection “Let Me Tell you What I saw” by Adnan Al Sayegh, the recording we include features the voice of translator Jenny Lewis reading the text in English whilst Adnan Al Sayegh reads the original Arabic version.  The music in the background is called “The Moon Fades” and it is reproduced here with the kind permission of Naseer Shamma 
Production, sound design, editing and music are by Chris Gregory unless stated.  
We would like to thank Sarah Johnson of Seren Books for her invaluable help in the making of this podcast and Amy Wack for sharing her thoughts on her time at Seren with us.  We’d also like to thank all of the contributing poets for allowing us to use their poems.

 If you would like to find out more about Seren Books and buy the collections featured you can do so by visiting the press’s website here

You can also follow Seren on social media here

 You can also follow our featured poets 

Kim Moore

Polly Atkin

Abeer Ameer

Paul Henry

Dai George

Christopher Meredith

Adnan Al-Sayegh

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