Friday, 17 March 2017

LIVEwire Poetry Party! Zine Launch!



LIVEwire 

Poetry Party! Zine Launch!

Salena Godden 
and special guests 
Tim Wells, Joelle Taylor
Oli Spleen, Matt Abbott and more... 

Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon, London
From 7pm 'til late, Monday March 20 2017

Free Entry 



LIVEwire

Now available in 4 glorious formats 
CD | LP vinyl | 36-page full-colour zine | digital download


Order LIVEwire from Nymphs & Thugs 

Visit Salena’s Bookshoppe











SPRING 2017: 

MARCH 20: LONDON, BETSEY TROTWOOD - LIVEWIRE ZINE LAUNCH PARTY 

MARCH 24: LONDON, RED RAW, VOUT'O'REENEES W/ SOPHIE CAMERON

MARCH 30: DORSET, DOUBLE BILL W/ ELVIS MCGONAGALL

APRIL 1: LIVERPOOL, 14 HOUR SUPER WEIRD HAPPENING

APRIL 26: LONDON, NEU REEKIE, THE HEAVENLY SOCIAL



MAY 10: NORWICH - LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 11: PETERBOROUGH - LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 12: CHELMSFORD - LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 19: LONDON, L'ESCARGOT, SOHO - LIVEWIRE VINYL LAUNCH PARTY

MAY 24: MANCHESTER - LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 25: LEEDS - LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 26: DERBY - LIVEWIRE TOUR


JUNE 2-4: EAST SUSSEX, BYLINE FESTIVAL, THE LIVEWIRE SALON













Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Salena Godden’s LIVEwire album shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award



We’re thrilled to announce that Salena Godden’s LIVEwire album has been shortlisted for The Poetry Society’s prestigious Ted Hughes Award for excellence in poetry. The first run of the album was released on CD in October 2016, but already its received 5* rave reviews and is causing a storm on the spoken word scene.

The Ted Hughes Shortlist includes fantastic new work from:
Jay Bernard for The Red and Yellow Nothing (Ink Sweat &Tears Press)
Will Eaves for The Inevitable Gift Shop (CB Editions)

Salena Godden for LIVEwire (Nymphs & Thugs)
Melissa Lee-Houghton for Sunshine (Penned in the Margins)
Harry Man for Finders Keepers (Sidekick Books)
Hollie McNish for Nobody Told Me (Blackfriars)
Caroline Smith for The Immigration Handbook (Seren)


Judges: Jo Bell, Bernard O’Donoghue and Kathryn Williams praised LIVEwire: 
“This album captures the best of a live presence – at turns moving, powerful and unflinching – which is hard for an award to recognise. It provides a gateway to poetry that is too easily dismissed as ‘spoken word’, but is an essential part of our poetry culture.”

To celebrate Nymphs and Thugs are releasing a Special Edition LIVEwire on 2LP gatefold vinyl and CD, which will be supported by the N&T Summer of LOVEwire tour. The new CD and double vinyl are available to pre-order now! It contains new and exclusive content and alternative mixes from the initial October release. This new CD will be officially released on 17 March, the book will be launched on 20 March at a launch party at the Betsey Trotwood and the double vinyl will be released on 12 May 2017 with a party at L'Escargot Soho.

The LIVEwire collection showcases Salena Godden's powerful and broad range. It features live and studio recordings, festival and theatre performances. It includes live excerpts from Salena’s literary childhood memoir Springfield Road (Unbound) and poetry published in Fishing In The Aftermath – Poems 1994-2014 (Burning Eye). Plus brand new work and an exclusive performance of the live version of Shade published in The Good ImmigrantThe first run of the 'Summer of LOVEwire' UK tour will see Salena Godden perform alongside N&T label mates, Louise FazackerleyToria Garbutt and Matt Abbott. They travel to Norwich (10 May), Peterborough (11 May), Chelmsford (12 May), London (19 May), Manchester (24 May), Leeds (25 May) and Derby (26 May)



Salena commented, “Poets cannot do any of this without the kind of kind people that support poetry, that buy tickets and show up to see us perform, on LIVEwire the audience are the beating heart, the drum and bass, the orchestra. LIVEwire features my raucous party pieces but also the tender and quieter pieces that sometimes get hidden. I produced this album specifically for the vinyl LP format: the Daytrip A-Side is for before the watershed and your headphone moments, and then I invite you to turn it over, turn it up and pour yourself a rum for the Dirty B-Side.”

N&T founder Matt Abbott commented, “This is exactly the kind of album that I set out to release when I formed the label, and it’s a real honour to work with Salena. The hairs on my neck are still standing from the first time I saw her live – this album will blow your socks off from start to finish!”

Salena Godden is honoured to be named Poet Laureate for Byline Festival (2-4 June). This is the first festival to celebrate independent journalism and free speech. At the Byline Festival. The LIVEwire Salon, curated by Salena Godden, will showcase N&T poets, the poetry of rebels and renegades.

LIVEwire is available to pre-order on vinyl and CD at nymphsandthugs.bandcamp.com, alongside t-shirts, tote bags, pin badges, zines, and releases from other N&T artists.

Visit nymphsandthugs.net / Contact Matt Abbott on matt@nymphsandthugs.net






MARCH 8: LONDON, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, SHOREDITCH


MARCH 20: LONDON, BETSEY TROTWOOD, LIVEWIRE BOOK LAUNCH PARTY 

MARCH 24: LONDON, RED RAW, VOUT'O'REENEES W/ SOPHIE CAMERON

MARCH 30: DORSET, DOUBLE BILL W/ ELVIS MCGONAGALL

APRIL 1: LIVERPOOL,14 HOUR SUPER WEIRD HAPPENING

APRIL 26: LONDON, NEU REEKIE, THE HEAVENLY SOCIAL



MAY 10: NORWICH - LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 11: PETERBOROUGH - LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 12: CHELMSFORD - LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 19: LONDON, L'ESCARGOT, SOHO - LIVEWIRE VINYL LAUNCH PARTY

MAY 24: MANCHESTER -LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 25: LEEDS - LIVEWIRE TOUR

MAY 26: DERBY -LIVEWIRE TOUR


JUNE 2-4: EAST SUSSEX, BYLINE FESTIVAL, THE LIVEWIRE SALON


JUNE 16: CANTERBURY - BANG SAID THE GUN TOUR

JULY 7: REBUILD FESTIVAL

JULY 21: CORNWALL, CHURCHTOWN

JULY 28: HULL - BANG SAID THE GUN TOUR

JULY 29-30: CORNWALL, PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL

AUGUST 4-6: CHEPSTOW, GREEN GATHERING







"A spoken word album that truly is electric." The iPaper

"She is at the vanguard of this particular publishing moment" WovenTale Press

"She is everything the Daily Mail is terrified of." Kerrang Magazine

'Salena Godden is a powerhouse.' Sabotage Reviews

"A spoken word album that truly is electric." 5* The i Paper

"Go see this girl - she's an angel in boxing gloves." Mike Garry

‘SG rocks the fuck out of the discotheque!” Irvine Welsh








Wednesday, 1 March 2017

'My Secret City' live at Writers Unlimited Festival now on youtube...






My Secret City

This city is polluted. It’s a broken needle. This city is going in circles, a downward spiral, to wake each morning to make the same mistakes. This city is in a hurry and it doesn’t listen to the cries of the hungry and poor. This city is a pigeon, hobbling with one mangled foot. This city is begging in the gutter, sleeping rough under the canal bridge, gnawing old chicken bones. This city is a dump. It is cut off from the other cities, a drifting island of sewage and disease.

This is a wasteland, there is nothing thriving and nothing good can grow. There is no garden for new dreams to bloom. This city is a toilet and the walls are covered in scrawled writing, newspaper headlines spreading fear, ignorance and intolerance. This city has no imagination, it cannot imagine that it is wrong. This city has high grey walls so you don’t see the sky. This city is greasy with shame, with blood on filthy handshakes and dirty dollar bills. This city stinks of fat pink politicians smoking cigars, hoarding gold and oil.

My secret city is no secret because I know you all go there too. I have seen you there when I close my eyes. There is no need for a compass, your heart knows how to find it. This secret city is a blue spinning globe, shining with idealism, littered with pages, whispered poems and prayers. The churches are built of books. Art and science nourishes us, and words and visions are food. The big blue skies vibrate with music and water, you can fall into the sky, swim through the light, if you are brave enough to let go and believe. When I’m there I believe we are free.

I hesitate before I wake up, before I open my eyes I gaze upon this secret city. I can taste the sweet and wild fruit of a better world, the warmth of the sun and the heat of human kindness. I can hear the laughter of monkeys and morning bird song. I know this place isn’t a secret, I have seen you there, every single one of us all imagining the same glorious place. Sitting on the morning train, gazing out of the window, I see our secret city in all of your eyes. I remember our joys, wishes and hopes, a longing for peace. It’s a beautiful world because we are both here and there, even if it is only in our dreams.




The festival asked seven authors to write about their own "secret" cities. Not the city that they see when they walk out the door and onto the street, but the city that they occasionally and unexpectedly come across. Participants read in their own language, with English and Dutch translations projected simultaneously. Music performed by Spoken Beat Night







SALENA GODDEN 
TOUR & FESTIVAL DATES 
SPRING 2017


MARCH 4: NORTHAMPTON, ARTS LAB POETRY JAM

MARCH 13: LONDON, BOOK SLAM, WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE
MARCH 24: LONDON, RED RAW, W/ SOPHIE CAMERON
MARCH 30: DORSET, DOUBLE BILL W/ ELVIS MCGONAGALL


APRIL 1: LIVERPOOL, 14 HOUR SUPER WEIRD HAPPENING

APRIL 26: LONDON, NEU REEKIE, HEAVENLY SOCIAL



JUNE 1: LONDON, ROUNDHOUSE, LAST WORD FESTIVAL
JUNE 2-4: EAST SUSSEX, BYLINE FESTIVAL




THE NYMPHS & THUGS 
'SUMMER OF LOVEwire' UK TOUR

LIVEwire VINYL LAUNCH PARTY & TOUR!! 
MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED!! 

FOLLOW >> NYMPHS & THUGS 







Saturday, 4 February 2017

BBC 'The Essay' - There Is A Skin On Everything And It Stops The Light Getting In







Black skin. White skin. There is a skin on everything and it stops the light getting in. You are living in here, in there, inside your skin. You grow into your skin. You get comfortable in your own skin. Black skin. White skin. Hard skin. Soft skin. Skin as tight as the skin of a drum. Skin that gives, a skin that yields. The first thing we see when we meet someone is the face, the face they use to face us. And when you think about it we are all here by luck ... by the skin of our teeth. We camouflage our skin, chameleon inside our skin. We paint our faces and perfect our masks.

There is a skin on everything and it stops the light getting in. There is a membrane on the eyes, so you look but don't see. A skin that acts as a filter, a magnifying glass, a mirror, so you see your perspective up close, so you see what you want to see, and what you choose to accept … because seeing is believing. We mute or block the things we don't want to see. The truth is often hidden, blinkered, fact and fiction. The new alternative truth. We hide in the hide - We hide in the skin of the animal we truly are. But we cannot ever hide from our true colours, true nature and true spirit.

January 20th 2017: The Hague.
I type these thoughts in my hotel room. I’m here in Holland as a guest speaker at The Writers Unlimited Festival - Winternachten. Sometimes you have to go outside to go inside. I switch off this computer and take a walk around this beautiful Dutch city. I am thinking about this essay, the theme of skin. Black skin. White skin. I have the words of Leonard Cohen’s 'Anthem' in my headphones, there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in. I take my title for this essay from that beautiful song. It makes me recall the flaw in every story that reveals the truth, the words beneath the words. It makes me think of the charm of our imperfections. And there is a skin on everything that stops the light getting in, a wallpaper of doubt or fear that covers over those cracks and stops the magic happening, the light getting through.

Last night the winternachten festival opened with a ceremony for the Oxfam Novid Pen awards for freedom of expression. The winners were two courageous writers: The Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh who is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia accused of renouncing Islam. And Indian investigative journalist Malini Subramaniam who was forced to leave her home after death threats following her outspoken reports on human rights abuse and sexual violence against women. Her humility and courage as a woman and as a writer, a shining example to us all. Later during the ceremony, the Booker Prize winning author Michail Shishkin delivered a keynote speech, his words moved me. The theatre was so silent you could hear a pin drop, a stifled sniff and tear fall. His deep voice resounded in his native Russian and above his head the English translation scrolled on huge screens. He began by describing the famous protests of human rights organisations in Red Square. Then he spoke of lesser known protests, the names that nobody knows, the writers and protesters that have been tortured and murdered, quietly, out of sight, and out of the public eye. Shishkin asked us to consider why they protested? Listening to Shishkin I was reminded of the power of freedom of speech, how important it is as a writer to speak up and to live true rather than to stay quiet and live safe. The meaning of life, Shishkin continued, lies not in survival, but in the preservation of dignity.

Keep silent: And when they come for you tomorrow the next person will be silent.

His warning sent a chill up my spine, his voice resonating around the room, bold and clear. Perhaps now more than ever, because this was the weekend of the Women's March, and all over the world millions of people took to the streets to march in the name of women's rights, human rights, for peace, choice, humanity and equality. I want to break through the skin, our complacency, and challenge the barriers that allow us to be silent.

There is a skin on everything and it stops the light getting in. Stops the truth getting through. There is a skin over your ear, that filters the words so you don't hear. I am learning to listen. I hope you hear this, this is the song I sing, love is the answer to everything. The skin of love is durable, made strong with tolerance, empathy and kindness. Everybody counts, not one person gets left behind. We are living in here, in there, inside our skin. You grow into your skin. You get comfortable in your own skin. Now is the time to speak up and to live lively, to be your true colours and see the whole panorama and let the light in.




LIVEwire CD's, T-shirts, badges and book bags



  




Salena Godden - winter 2017

Author of literary memoir Springfield Road and poetry books Fishing In The Aftermath and Under The Pier - Salena Godden is one of Britain's foremost poets and a regular headliner at literary and music festivals, nationally and internationally. Short-fiction Blue Cornflowers was shortlisted for the Guardian short story prize in June 2016 and a performance of her poem Titanic was aired in BBC poetry programme We Belong Here throughout October 2016. Most recently her live spoken word album LIVEwire has attracted 5 star rave reviews since it's launch with indie poetry label Nymphs and Thugs. The LIVEwire tour begins in April 2017. Salena's essay Shade was published in 2016's literary sensation The Good Immigrant, which was crowdfunded in record time, championed by JK Rowling and published with Unbound. The paperback edition of The Good Immigrant will be published in May 2017. Salena Godden's new work will be revealed with a special one-off debut reading and performance on June 1st 2017 at The Roundhouse in London as part of The Last Word Festival.



"A spoken word album that truly is electric." The iPaper

"An important and timely read" JK Rowling

"She is at the vanguard of this particular publishing moment" WovenTale Press

"Go see this girl - she's an angel in boxing gloves." Mike Garry

"She is everything the Daily Mail is terrified of." Kerrang Magazine

'Salena Godden is a powerhouse.' Sabotage Reviews




SALENA GODDEN 
TOUR & FESTIVAL DATES 
SPRING 2017


MARCH 4: NORTHAMPTON, ARTS LAB POETRY JAM


MARCH 13: LONDON, BOOK SLAM, WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE


MARCH 8: LONDON, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY W/ LISA LUXX


MARCH 24: LONDON, RED RAW, W/ SOPHIE CAMERON


MARCH 30: DORSET, DOUBLE BILL W/ ELVIS MCGONAGALL


APRIL 1: LIVERPOOL, 14 HOUR SUPER WEIRD HAPPENING


APRIL 26: LONDON, NEU REEKIE, HEAVENLY SOCIAL


APRIL 29-30: CHIPPING NORTON LITERARY FESTIVAL


MAY 6: LONDON, COSMIC TRIGGER, COCKPIT THEATRE


JUNE 1: LONDON, ROUNDHOUSE, LAST WORD FESTIVAL


JUNE 2-4: EAST SUSSEX, BYLINE FESTIVAL





THE NYMPHS & THUGS 'SUMMER OF LOVEwire' UK TOUR

LIVEwire VINYL LAUNCH PARTY & TOUR DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED 

FOLLOW NYMPHS & THUGS FOR MORE DETAILS