Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Remix / I WILL NOT VOTE FOR MRS MAY






NEW!! Remix out today - 2 minute protest



Words by Salena Godden / Music by Peter Coyte

Taken from original poem 'Citizen Of Nowhere' 





COMING UP:



JUNE 8: USE YOUR VOTE AND CHANGE THE WORLD



JULY 12: LONDON, TONGUE FU, WONDERLAND



JULY 29-30: CORNWALL, PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL



OCT 18: BRISTOL, FESTIVAL OF FUTURE CITY








Monday, 29 May 2017

Mrs Death Misses Death, Last Word Festival, Roundhouse




“I know a lot of dead people now…” Mrs Death

NEW work in progress, a live collaboration of new poetry and fiction by Salena Godden with music composed by Peter Coyte.

Excerpts from the private correspondence, daydreams and diaries of Mrs Death. 'This is your life' narrated by Mrs Death. I don't know if you've noticed but Death is very busy and lately it seems Death is busier than ever. Mrs Death recalls peoples ends, their last words and last breath, in stories, poems and songs. 

Mrs Death Misses Death is the life affirming kick up the ass you’ve all been looking for, a rousing call to arms to love each other, a celebration of life and our short time here. 

Salena Godden and Peter Coyte met and formed ska-punk-dub duo SaltPeter in 1997. This live performance is exclusively written for The Last Word festival and it marks the 20th anniversary of this highly original and trailblazing partnership.

"SaltPeter cook up their unique mixture of scandalous lyrics and infectious music. If you can imagine a blend of The Specials, The Blockheads, Ween and Kate Bush playing a mix of dance, rock, ska and dub then you’re still only part of the way there. Music for your feet, head, belly and other bits besides." Charlie Gillet




Roundhouse ticket office - http://www.roundhouse.org.uk







#lovethisphoto Peter Coyte and I first met and started working together around 1997, that makes this is our 20th year of friendship and collaboration. This is gonna be a special gig, we'll be on stage at the Roundhouse together playing live for the first time in years. This new work is a call to arms, a celebration of loving life and living life to the fullest, vivid and colourful, with courage and authenticity. Great photo taken by Alex Sudea, at the SaltPeter 'Hungers The Best Sauce' album launch back in 2007. See you Thursday! Thank you for following these adventures in poetry and resistance.






'The Good Immigrant' Last Word Festival, Roundhouse, June 7th

Vera Chok, Musa Okwonga and Salena Godden on stage with Nikesh Shukla on June 7th for a very special TGI event at the Roundhouse as part of the Last Word festival. There are so many wonderful events happening at Last Word festival - Please visit: roundhouse.org.uk 


The Good Immigrant was released as paperback and audio book in May 2017. The audiobook features essays read by all the contributors. Nikesh Shukla has launched The Good Immigrant T-shirts. Profits from this t-shirt go to helping to fund a new social enterprise to provide support to writers from marginalised background seeking representation for their work: http://thegoodimmigrant.bigcartel.com





SUMMER FESTIVALS AND PARTIES 2017


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

JUNE 6: '1984' ORWELL - SENATE HOUSE - UCL FESTIVAL OF CULTURE




JULY 12: LONDON, TONGUE FU, WONDERLAND



JULY 29-30: CORNWALL, PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL



OCT 18: BRISTOL, FESTIVAL OF FUTURE CITY








Salena Godden, Clive Anderson, Eimear McBride, Sara Cox, Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4


LIVEwire

available in 4 glorious formats 

CD | LP vinyl | 36-page full-colour zine | digital download

order LIVEwire from Nymphs and Thugs 


visit Salena’s Bookshoppe





Tuesday, 16 May 2017

LIVEwire VINYL party, Byline Festival, Last Word Festival and more....






 Matt AbbottLouise Fazackerley, Toria Garbutt


Its arrived!! The double album vinyl is here!! Come and help us celebrate in Soho!!

Fronted by poetic powerhouse Salena Godden, the Nymphs & Thugs label present an exciting evening of dynamic, engaging and politically charged spoken word in Soho, upstairs at the glorious L'Escargot with support from special guest poets, Matt Abbott, Louise Fazackerley and Toria Garbutt ... plus some surprise guests too.

Salena Godden’s brand new 2LP gatefold vinyl release of her critically acclaimed ‘LIVEwire’ audio collection is a limited edition designed by Mark Coverdale. The album has been shortlisted for The Poetry Society's Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Salena Godden was also nominated for Best Spoken Word Performer in the Saboteur Awards 2017. 



HUGE Thank you to everyone who joined the 'Summer of LOVEwire' tour in Norwich, Peterborough and Chelmsford!! Next stop Soho! Manchester! Leeds! Derby!

19 May | LIVEwire Vinyl Party - L'Escargot, Soho | Tickets // Facebook event

24 May | Jimmy's, Manchester | Tickets // Facebook event

25 May | Seven Arts, Leeds | Tickets // Facebook event

26 May | Word Wise, Derby | Tickets // Facebook event

*Please scroll down for a full list of summer 2017 dates and festivals....


Salena Godden is Poet Laureate at Byline Festival. Byline is the first festival to celebrate independent journalism and free speech. As part of Salena's role, she will curate The LIVEwire Salon, showcasing N&T poets, poetry's rebels and renegades, saboteur raconteurs. We're delighted to be able to offer you a unique discount on weekend tickets, using the code SGBYFEST. It runs from 2-4 June in West Sussex, with an incredible range of acts and speakers from various artforms and disciplines. 

COMPETITION TIME!!

Would you like to join the LIVEwire Salon at Byline festival? Would you like to win weekend passes to Byline Festival and a slot as part of our salon? YES! All you have to do is tweet us tweet-length poems on the theme of the General Election and use the hashtag #LIVEwirepoet and the best tweet wins. We are looking for new voices, poets who might not have a chance to have their work heard, we look forward to reading your tweets. Get tweeting now, throughout the #GE2017, lets fill twitter with resistance poetry... We Tick Other!





THE LIVEWIRE SALON

Matt Abbott: Rising star on the UK’s spoken word scene. Michelle Madsen: Poet, theatre maker and investigative journalist, writes on fraud and corruption for Private Eye and the Independent. Elvis McGonagall: Stand-up poet and armchair revolutionary. A collection of his poems from 2003 to 2017 entitled Viva Loch Lomond! will be published by Burning Eye Books in Spring 2017. Gemma Rogers: Singer songwriter from West London. Her stories depict tales of modern life in one of the biggest, most vibrant cities in the world.  She will bring her trusty ukulele. Sophie Cameron: writes visceral poetry that lives and breathes, vomits and screws, poetry that goes dogging once in a while when the weather is nice. Oli Spleen: Cult memoir Depravikazi was published in 2003 by Running Water Publications. Frontman of The Flesh Happening, Pink Narcissus and Fag Machine. Vera Chok: Actress, writer and performer. Co-author of The Good Immigrant. Founder of The Brautigan Book Club. Selina Nwulu: First chapbook collection, The Secrets I Let Slip was published by Burning Eye Books in September 2015 and is a Poetry Book Society (PBS) recommendation. She was Young Poet Laureate for London 2015-6. Iona Lee: Won the title of Scottish Slam Champion in 2016 and has incorporated her poetry in music, storytelling, film, puppetry, dance and bookmaking. Iona is currently crowdfunding her debut collection 'Late Night Philosophy' with Unbound Books. Kayo Chingonyi: Author of two poetry pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012), and The Colour of James Brown's Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is published by Chatto & Windus. Michelle Fisher was a finalist for the Glasgow leg of Words First; a national collaborative project between BBC Radio 1xtra and the Roundhouse. She was a finalist in the 2016 BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam.





'Mrs Death Misses Death' Last Word Festival, Roundhouse, June 1st

This week Salena Godden joins Clive Anderson on Loose Ends on May 20th on BBC Radio 4 to talk about her poetry, the LIVEwire album and the N&T tour. They will also chat about new work-in-progress 'Mrs Death Misses Death' a project which debuts on June 1st at the Roundhouse, Camden, as part of the Last Word Festival. SaltPeter's Peter Coyte will be joining Salena on the Roundhouse stage for this special event which marks 20 years of this trailblazing writing team. Tickets




'The Good Immigrant' Last Word Festival, Roundhouse, June 7th

Vera Chok, Salena Godden and Musa Okwonga on stage with Nikesh Shukla on June 7th for a very special TGI event at the Roundhouse as part of the Last Word festival. There are so many wonderful events happening at Last Word festival - Please visit their page roundhouse.org.uk 

The Good Immigrant was released as paperback and audio book on May 4th 2017. The audiobook features essays read by all the contributors. TGI was shortlisted for the #nibbies, for best non-fiction, narrative book of the year in the British Book Awards this month. Nikesh Shukla has launched The Good Immigrant T-shirts - Profits from this t-shirt go to helping to fund a new social enterprise to provide support to writers from marginalised background seeking representation for their work: http://thegoodimmigrant.bigcartel.com





SUMMER, FESTIVALS, PARTIES AND MORE...



MAY 19: LONDON, L'ESCARGOT - VINYL LAUNCH Tickets // Facebook event

MAY 24: MANCHESTER - #SummerOfLOVEwire tour Tickets // Facebook event 

MAY 25: LEEDS - #SummerOfLOVEwire tour Tickets // Facebook event

MAY 26: DERBY - #SummerOfLOVEwire tour Tickets // Facebook event

MAY 27: SHEFFIELD - SOUTH YORKSHIRE POETRY FESTIVAL


JUNE 2-4: EAST SUSSEX, BYLINE FESTIVAL

JUNE 6: '1984' ORWELL - SENATE HOUSE - UCL FESTIVAL OF CULTURE




JULY 7: DERBYSHIRE, REBUILD FESTIVAL 

JULY 12: LONDON, TONGUE FU, WONDERLAND


JULY 27: SECRET // CORNWALL // GIG

JULY 29-30: CORNWALL, PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL



OCT 18: BRISTOL, FESTIVAL OF FUTURE CITY




#LIVEwire Double Album

2LP gatefold vinyl in stock today!!




LIVEwire


available in 4 glorious formats 

CD | LP vinyl | 36-page full-colour zine | digital download



order LIVEwire from Nymphs and Thugs 


visit Salena’s Bookshoppe






Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Summer Of LOVEwire is here




THE SUMMER OF LOVEwire is here
We declare the Summer of LOVEwire is officially open and YOU are all invited. 
In this blog I have a bumper pack of exciting new releases and new news to share and hot summer dates for you. 
We're hitting the road and coming to bring you the love, love, love... 



 

The #SummerOfLOVEwire Tour

Shortlisted for The Poetry Society's prestigious Ted Hughes Award, we're thrilled to finally release LIVEwire as a 2LP gatefold vinyl in addition to the special edition CD, full-colour zine and a UK tour. The CD and zine are available to purchase now, and the collectable vinyl is released on 12 May: http://nymphsandthugs.bandcamp.com
The glorious double vinyl features new and exclusive content and alternative mixes from the original October CD release. For this first run of the #SummerOfLOVEwire tour I'll be on the road with my Nymphs and Thugs label mates Louise FazackerleyToria Garbutt and Matt Abbott plus special guests,  jump on our love train, and join us here:

10 May | Norwich Arts Centre | Tickets // Facebook event

11 May | The Brewery Tap, Peterborough | Tickets // Facebook event

12 May | Bassment, Chelmsford | Tickets // Facebook event

19 May | LIVEwire Vinyl Party - L'Escargot, Soho | Tickets // Facebook event

24 May | Jimmy's, Manchester | Tickets // Facebook event

25 May | Seven Arts, Leeds | Tickets // Facebook event

26 May | Word Wise, Derby | Tickets // Facebook event



EXCLUSIVE DEBUT PERFORMANCE 

LAST WORD FESTIVAL



Mrs Death Misses Death

'I know a lot of dead people now..."


The private correspondence, notebooks, daydreams and diaries of Mrs Death. 
A live collaboration of a new book by Salena Godden with music by Peter Coyte. 

Mrs Death Misses Death is the life affirming kick up the ass you've all been looking for... a call to arms and a rousing celebration of loving this life and our short time here. 

Salena Godden and Peter Coyte met and formed ska-punk-dub duo SaltPeter in 1997. This live show marks the 20th year of this highly original and trailblazing partnership. This is a debut of new work-in-progress and an experimental and intimate show. I think there are only about 30 seats left for this, So please book now and here: www.roundhouse.org.uk 

"SaltPeter cook up their unique mixture of scandalous lyrics and infectious music. If you can imagine a blend of The Specials, The Blockheads, Ween and Kate Bush playing a mix of dance, rock, ska and dub then you're still only part of the way there. Music for your feet, head, belly and other bits besides." Charlie Gillet










The LIVEwire Salon at Byline Festival

I am honoured to be named Poet Laureate for the Byline festival. This is the first festival to celebrate independent journalism and free speech. As part of Byline I have curated 'The LIVEwire Salon' showcasing Nymphs and Thugs poets, poetry comrades, rebels and renegades. We're delighted to be able to offer you a unique discount on festival tickets, just use the code SGBYFEST for cheap tickets, book here: www.bylinefestival.com

LIVEWIRE SALON: Matt Abbott: Rising star on the UK’s spoken word scene. Michelle Madsen: Poet, theatre maker and investigative journalist, writes on fraud and corruption for Private Eye and the Independent. Elvis McGonagall: Stand-up poet and armchair revolutionary. A collection of his poems from 2003 to 2017 entitled Viva Loch Lomond! will be published by Burning Eye Books in Spring 2017. Gemma Rogers: Singer songwriter from West London. Her stories depict tales of modern life in one of the biggest, most vibrant cities in the world.  She will bring her trusty ukulele. Sophie Cameron: writes visceral poetry that lives and breathes, vomits and screws, poetry that goes dogging once in a while when the weather is nice. Oli Spleen: Cult memoir Depravikazi was published in 2003 by Running Water Publications. Frontman of The Flesh Happening, Pink Narcissus and Fag Machine. Vera Chok: Actress, writer and performer. Co-author of The Good Immigrant. Founder of The Brautigan Book Club.








Latest news and new releases



The Good Immigrant will be released as paperback on May 4th. The audiobook featuring essays read by all the contributors is out the same day too. TGI has been shortlisted for the #nibbies, for best non-fiction, narrative book of the year in the British Book Awards. The awards ceremony is on May 6th - Wish us luck! Nikesh Shukla has launched The Good Immigrant T-shirts - Profits from this t-shirt go to helping to fund a new social enterprise to provide support to writers from marginalised background seeking representation for their work: http://thegoodimmigrant.bigcartel.com

The Bare Lit anthology is out now and published with Brain Mill Press. A fiction and poetry anthology in support of the Bare Lit Festival, showcasing award-winning British authors of colour and edited by Courttia Newland, Kavita Bhanot and Mend Mariwany. My contribution is 'Blue Cornflowers' which was shortlisted for the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short fiction prize in 2016. I am so pleased to final see this work in print. I am in amazing company in these pages, other contributors include; Raymond Antrobus, Vera Chok, Irfan Master, Yomi Sode and Selina Nwulu plus many, many more. All work is donated and proceeds support the Bare Lit festival, the UK's only lit fest for writers of colour: Books: http://www.brainmillpress.com

BRAKES at Loco Film Festival, BFI, May 6th
Brakes premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival 2016. It's an Independent UK debut comedy directed and written by Mercedes Grower and it stars Noel Fielding, Julia Davis and Julian Barratt and many familiar faces of British comedy. I am in this film, I play a poet, not me, but a fictional poet. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/164458037

Saboteur Awards: Practice using your vote and vote for your favourite poets, books and indie publishers in the Saboteur awards. I've been shortlisted for a Saboteur award for 'Best Spoken Word Performer’ - Also up for prizes are my publishers Burning Eye Books plus Influx Press for best anthology 'An Unreliable Guide To London' which included my short story 'The Camden Blood Thieves' Voting for the shortlisters is open until 30th April. This is a public vote and your votes can be cast here The awards ceremony is May 13th at Vout O Reenees. Shortlist: http://sabotagereviews.com










Summer festivals and parties




MAY 10: NORWICH - #SummerOfLOVEwire tour  Tickets // Facebook event 

MAY 11: PETERBOROUGH #SummerOfLOVEwire tour  Tickets // Facebook event

MAY 12: CHELMSFORD - #SummerOfLOVEwire tour Tickets // Facebook event 

MAY 18: GUEST JUDGE:  CITY LIFE PRIZE GIVING

MAY 19: LONDON, L'ESCARGOT - VINYL LAUNCH Tickets // Facebook event

MAY 24: MANCHESTER - #SummerOfLOVEwire tour Tickets // Facebook event 

MAY 25: LEEDS - #SummerOfLOVEwire tour Tickets // Facebook event

MAY 26: DERBY - #SummerOfLOVEwire tour Tickets // Facebook event


JUNE 2-4: EAST SUSSEX, BYLINE FESTIVAL

JUNE 6: LONDON, '1984' ORWELL - SENATE HOUSE - UCL FESTIVAL OF CULTURE




JULY 7: DERBYSHIRE, REBUILD FESTIVAL 

JULY 12: LONDON, TONGUE FU, WONDERLAND


JULY 29-30: CORNWALL, PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL



OCT 18: BRISTOL, FESTIVAL OF FUTURE CITY




High voltage! #LIVEwire Double Album

2LP gatefold vinyl in stock from today!!





 "LIVEwire is moving, powerful and unflinching" Ted Hughes Award

"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

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

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




LIVEwire



available in 4 glorious formats 

CD | LP vinyl | 36-page full-colour zine | digital download



order LIVEwire from Nymphs &Thugs 




visit Salena’s Bookshoppe