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With the Cardiff Book Festival looking forward to its third year, it was high time the capital also had its own poetry festival – and now, thanks to Seren, it does. The Bridgend-based publisher started life as a poetry press, quickly establishing an impressive reputation whilst continuing to punch above its weight in terms of the national and international acclaim afforded to its poets. Over the weekend of 16–18 February, Cornerstone – a former neo-Gothic church on Charles Street – will play host to the cream of Seren’s current crop. In addition to readings from Paul Henry and Damien Walford Davies, festival-goers will be able to enjoy a welcome buffet with Costa prize-winner Jonathan Edwards, a showcase for new talent, a short film inspired by Robert Minhinnick’s Diary of the Last Man (nominated for the T. S. Eliot award), music from Little Red, and a Sunday lunch in the company of Gillian Clarke.

Cornerstone, Cardiff, Fri 16–Sun 18 Feb. Tickets: £5–£25, £90 for full festival pass. Info:

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