Saturday, 4 July 2020

Poem: Super Saturday




Super Saturday

pack a pub give ‘em beer pints of virus shots of fear watch ‘em fall gutter sick cull the poor kill ‘em quick parliament let nurses down clapclapclap for the clown open pub costs us dear pour libations covid beer lies and shame drink or bust ashes to ashes dust to dust





(c) Salena Godden / 'Super Saturday' / July 2020

Poem from a dream I had last night + artwork by the brilliant Cold War Steve













Mrs Death Misses Death

published by Canongate January 2021
debut novel now available to pre-order 
Read books! Stay safe! Stay sound!






The Lockdown EP
digital download, 50% of profits to go to NHS 
out now with Nymphs and Thugs: 




Pessimism is for Lightweights
pamphlet, letter press and new ebook 
out now  with Rough Trade Books: 







Thursday, 25 June 2020

Happy Birthday Poem




Happy Birthday Poem

 

- written the morning of my 48th birthday


and how can it be

that we are just beginning

and not in the middle

but closer to the start

that we hold such hope and faith

when calamity the bass line

and catastrophe the chorus

that when we wake each morning

we reach not for gun and rum

but pen and heart and time

that the party just got started

like yesterday 

was a dress rehearsal

thank you

the first one was nice

but the next always stronger

and we're not even halfway

and healing is our power

forgiveness is an ocean

and shrinking was an error

and dreaming was a gift

and never giving up

how can it be

we care more now

and love you more than ever

when once death was a space

the end was a destination

and black was not a dress

and sex was not a passport

but learning always sexy

just look at this tattoo we never had

and look at the geography

oh all the places we haven't seen

and all the shoes we never wore

the language unspoken

the science and the nature

the doors that we will open

paintings on the eyelids

this love, this life, my love

how we cannot eat it all

but we stuff our face with laughing

and drink in all the summer

and still stay up too late

and how can it be

we're just getting going

learning to dance

and sing our own tune

that this is just beginning

and change is a constant

and how can it be

that there is more to come



((c) Salena Godden  / June 25th 2020, London, lockdown birthday)











Mrs Death Misses Death
published by Canongate January 2021
debut novel is now available to pre-order 
order from your  local indie bookshops,
plus Waterstones, Amazon, etcetera 
Read books! Stay safe and sound! 


The Lockdown EP 
out now with Nymphs and Thugs: 


Pessimism is for Lightweights 
out now with Rough Trade Books: 





Thank you! sgxx 







Friday, 5 June 2020

ROARING 20s RADIO X OWN IT! ONLINE FESTIVAL SPECIAL + JUNE ONLINE EVENTS






ROARING 20s RADIO
EPISODE 7 

Join us on @sohoradio
Culture Channel 4-6pm 
Saturday June 6th
Roaring 20's Radio X OWN IT! 
#OWNITOnlineFest special 

Featuring guest recordings 
from @OWNITLDN artists & authors 
as well as our usual round-ups on 
books, art, culture, music, 
spoken word, poetry & activism 



Roaring 20s Radio is available as a podcast 











OWN IT! ONLINE: 
A Virtual Arts Festival
8th - 14th June 
Insta Live & Zoom
OWN IT! Authors & Artists
Live Readings & Discussions &
Poetry & Workshops OWNIT.LONDON





"When things are at their worst is when the arts, artists and activism is most powerful"— OWN IT! launches a week-long online arts festival, with readings, conversations 
and workshops from their "eclectic and inspirational" 
authors and artists: bit.ly/3dduRU4


OWN IT! pledge to always use their "platform to shine a light on the voices working to make our world a better and more just and equal place for all". They are donating all June profits to the George Floyd fund: bit.ly/2MsiW9d



























CLICK HERE TO WATCH











EBOOK NEWS 

My latest collection of poems 
‘Pessimism is for Lightweights - 
13 pieces of courage and resistance’ 
is now available as an ebook, launching today! 
Thanks to Rough Trade Books @roughtradebooks 
Thanks to everyone who supported and shared 
this poetry so far! Thank you!




Rough Trade Books have donated a full set of 
Rough Trade Editions worth over £300 to 
Eat Well Manchester X United We Stream


You can visit the auction site and place bids at app.galabid.com/eatwell



All money raised from this online auction is going to feed NHS staff, people in food poverty, women seeking refuge as well as the homeless. BIDDING IS NOW OPEN!












These books smashed the silence and opened doors, they started conversations and new initiatives, they were published globally, they were published in translation, now they could be shared in UK schools and used as a teaching tool which would be incredible and provide inspiration for future generations - Please sign this petition!







HUH: Roundhouse Live
Premiere: Thursday 11 June 

Released as a free to stream concert to enjoy during lockdown. Performed and filmed at The Roundhouse 2019, #HUH an evening of music x poetry x activism featuring:




I loved collaborating with Jasmin on HUH. My contribution includes a performance of an excerpt of 'Shade' from 'The Good Immigrant' and 'The Letter' published in 'Pessimism is for Lightweights' plus an improvisation of new and unpublished work. This is released in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and the fight for justice and equality, we would like to ask audience members to read about and donate (if able) to Black British History organisation @TheBlackCurriculum and/or legal advice charity, INQUEST. Enjoy the show!











Thank you to all who've been sharing and downloading 
'The Lockdown EP' out now as a digital release only with Nymphs and Thugs. 

50% of profits will be donated to NHS, to boost depleted PPE stock and also go towards providing mental health support for NHS staff. These poems have featured on The Verb on BBC Radio 3 and also on Ninja Tunes, Jon More's OUT2LUNCH mix on Soho Radio.


Find more about this release at Nymphs and Thugs: 


Poetry available at Rough Trade Books: www.roughtradebooks.com







THANK YOU FOR ALL WHO CAN DONATE
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ARE TRYING AND DOING AND CARING AND SHARING AND SEEING AND BEING AND MARCHING AND SINGING AND FIGHTING AND HOPING AND PRAYING! I SHARE ALL THIS WITH BIGLOVE AND SOLIDARITY!

BE SAFE, BE SOUND, BE LIKE WATER, SGXX