Friday, 12 April 2019

poem: gentle reminder





๐Ÿ“Free Friday poem: I wrote this on my phone in the doctors waiting room, please don’t worry or over think it like me, please keep your appointments and remember to get checked. Remind your friends. It’s important, quick, easy and free on the NHS - Help and info here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/further-help-and-support  - Thank you! Have a great weekend! See you at Rough Trade East Record Store Day! See you at Extinction Rebellion! See you in Hastings! See you here and there! Happy Easter Holidays! sgxx  







 RECORD STORE DAY! ROUGH TRADE EAST! 
FREE ENTRY!  MUSIC! DJ's! VINYL! ALL DAYER! ROUGH TRADE EAST! FREE ENTRY!  
LIVE BANDS! BOOKS! VINYL!  
RECORD STORE DAY!




Salena Godden live dates spring 2019


April 13 - LONDON - Record Store Day, Rough Trade East


April 16 - HASTINGS - Printed Matter, Crowley’s Bar




May 15 - BRIGHTON FRINGE - John Higgs 'The Future Starts Here' 











 BBC Radio 4 - Poetry Please  



BBC Radio 3 - The Verb




LATEST:'No Holds Barred' by Salena Godden
Underground Poems, limited edition broadside 
suitable for framing, published Feb 2019 by Tangerine Press



OUT NOW: 'Pessimism is for Lightweights 
13 pieces of Courage and Resistance' pamphlets and posters 
published at Rough Trade Books: 



OUT NOW: 'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP' 
LIVEwire album, CD, DL, Vinyl, Zines 
plus T-shirts all available at Nymphs & Thugs: 




Monday, 1 April 2019

April news: In light and yellow we shine...






Hello! How are you? 

Well, hmmm... Where to begin...?? 

March was erratic, as inconsistent as a mad march hare, here's to April being more .... and less .... Thank you to everyone that came out to see my March shows. I had such an epic adventure with you all. I met amazing people on International Women's Day, at the Good Immigrant USA launch parties, Extinction Rebellion, Spring Uprising, Bristol, Sonnet Youth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Trope in Brighton and Bookslam at the Wellcome, brilliant gigs and gatherings and beautiful people. In March I also contributed to two new BBC radio programmes for The Verb and Poetry Please, if you missed those you'll find links below. What a whirlwind! Thank you!

There are some wicked shows and gatherings coming up in April: This week we launch the Verve poetry anthology 84 at Foyles with book proceeds going to CALM. Also very excited to be invited to read poems on Record Shop Day at Rough Trade East on April 13th and then off to explore Madrid with the exceptional poet and my Rough Trade Books comrade Martha Sprackland. Please scroll down for this months hot tickets and links... 

On another note entirely, one of the highlights of the past month, was visiting my amazing mother-in-law and messing around making these glorious photographs of flowers and sunlight. Just in case you need some spring joy in your inbox, I'll share my 5 favourite flower experiments here. I know, I know, I know, the news is shit, people are stockpiling food and medicine, Brexit is a shit show, climate crisis, war and death and disasters, please don't get me riled up again ... I feel it all, we all do, we are all more connected than we allow ourselves to know we be ... If you can please donate and follow and share all the good work of good people that are trying to make the world a better place, like Extinction Rebellion and Refugee Community Kitchen and Red Box Project. 

Taking a few hours to take photos of flowers lifted my doom. I love this time of year and the spring and the blossom and this world so much, just look out of the window, it is beautiful out there, right now, today, look ... I know it is hard work to be a heavyweight right now, well done for making it out of the long dark winter, congratulations, onwards and upwards...

PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS 

See you here and there my loves,
sgxx

























2 NEW POEM-FILMS ON YOUTUBE






















           Dazed | poets share their favourite political poems










Coming up ... Spring 2019




EXCELLENT GIGS AND EVENTS FOR YOUR SPRING DIARY:




April 16 - HASTINGS - Printed Matter, Crowley’s Bar



May 15 - BRIGHTON FRINGE - John Higgs 'The Future Starts Here' 









Poets , Peter Raynard, and come together for the London launch of 's — a courageous new collection in aid of 3rd April, Foyles, Charing Cross Road





 BBC Radio 4 - Poetry Please  



BBC Radio 3 - The Verb





LATEST:'No Holds Barred' by Salena Godden
Underground Poems, limited edition broadside 
suitable for framing, published Feb 2019 by Tangerine Press



OUT NOW: 'Pessimism is for Lightweights 
13 pieces of Courage and Resistance' pamphlets and posters 
published at Rough Trade Books: 



OUT NOW: 'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP' 
LIVEwire album, CD, DL, Vinyl, Zines 
plus T-shirts all available at Nymphs & Thugs: 






Monday, 11 March 2019

THIS WEEK: BBC RADIO, THE GOOD IMMIGRANT USA AND SPRING UPRISING









Action shot Salena Godden recording with Roger McGough





BBC R3 - The Verb 

International Women's Day special, explores footnotes, ironic detective fiction, poem-spells, satire, sound loops and neologisms - and the way they can all be used to fight sexist language - all in honour of International Women's Day. Ian McMillan's guests are the writer and sociologist Professor Ann Oakley, who popularised the word 'gender' in the 1970s, and founded the Social Science Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education, the novelist and critic Dr Siri Hustvedt on her new novel 'Memories of the Future', the poet Salena Godden on her new collection 'Pessimism is for Lightweights: 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance' - and he presents brand new work from sound artist and composer Ingrid Plum. This was such a fantastic and inspiring programme to be part of, we talk about 'The Good Immigrant' and I also read 'Sage' from 'Pessimism is for Lightweights'  - Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on March 8th available online now.




Action shot Salena Godden recording with Roger McGough



BBC R4 - Poetry Please 

Salena Godden curates an episode of Poetry Please and chooses some of her favourite pieces for Roger McGough - A selection of timeless poems of courage and resistance, protest and rebellion, poetry of magic and hedonism, musicality and tenderness - Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on March 17th and repeated on March 23rd










The Good Immigrant USA, published this month
In this much-anticipated follow-up to the award winning and bestselling UK edition, hailed by Zadie Smith as 'lively and vital', editors Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman hand the microphone to an incredible range of writers whose humanity and right to be in the US is under attack. Chigozie Obioma unpacks an Igbo proverb that helped him navigate his journey to America from Nigeria. Jenny Zhang analyzes cultural appropriation in nineties fashion, recalling her own pain and confusion as a teenager trying to fit in. Fatimah Asghar describes the flood of memory and emotion triggered by an encounter with an Uber driver from Kashmir. Alexander Chee writes of a visit to Korea that changed his relationship to his heritage. These writers share powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages while struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong. Welcome to the family! Hits UK shops this week, March 2019. Come see Nikesh Shukla, Chimene Suleyman, Sabrina Mahfouz and Salena Godden talking about this work at Foyles, this Wednesday March 13th at Foyles, London.

Dialogue: http://www.dialoguebooks.org










LIVE SHOWS, MARCH 2019



20: GLASGOW, SONNET YOUTH 

21: EDINBURGH, SONNET YOUTH 

22: BRIGHTON, APPLES AND SNAKES,TROPE

27: LONDON, HOST OF BOOKSLAM X WELLCOME PRIZE 









LATEST:'No Holds Barred' by Salena Godden
Underground Poems, limited edition broadside 
suitable for framing, published Feb 2019 by Tangerine Press


OUT NOW: 'Pessimism is for Lightweights 
13 pieces of Courage and Resistance' pamphlets and posters 
published at Rough Trade Books: 


OUT NOW:'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP' 
LIVEwire album, CD, DL, Vinyl, Zines 
plus T-shirts all available at Nymphs & Thugs: 








Salena returns to BRISTOL March 16th  
Extinction Rebellion SPRING UPRISING!! 





Friday, 1 March 2019

LIVE PERFORMANCE: 'PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS'




NEW FILM 

SALENA GODDEN 
& THE TONGUE FU BAND  
'PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS' 

















Something new and something joyous for the weekend  - Salena Godden performing this poetry anthem in true Salena style with 200 people singing and dancing along. In Chris' words from the end of the video 'It's a poetry gig what else did you expect?' 

This was an improvisation and collaboration with The Tongue Fu Band as part of our National Poetry Day Livestream from Arnolfini, Bristol, commissioned by #spacearts

The 'Pessimism is for Lightweights' poem is exhibited as a public art piece at Arnolfini, harbourside, Bristol. The work 'Pessimism is for lightweights - 13 pieces of courage and resistance' by Salena Godden is published by Rough Trade Books, you will find books and collectable limited edition prints of this work here - www.roughtradebooks.com

Latest audio release 'Salena Godden Live at Byline Festival EP' is available on CD and download plus t-shirts and other merch all available over at Nymphs & Thugs - www.nymphsandthugs.net

Catch Salena live on Friday March 8th for INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY: Talks, poetry and music curated by Rough Trade Books at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane, London. Tickets and info: https://www.roughtrade.com/events/store/rough-trade-east
Salena returns to BRISTOL on March 16th to speak at the Extinction Rebellion SPRING UPRISING!! So make sure you get your tickets for that!! www.springuprising.com
The next Tongue Fu show is at Rich Mix London on the Thursday 21st March with features Hannah Lowe, Caleb Femi and Ben Norris. Hosted by Chris Redmond. Grab tickets here ๐Ÿ‘‰ http://bit.ly/2tIu74a








MARCH 2019


8: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY GIG AND RADIO:






20: GLASGOW, SONNET YOUTH 

21: EDINBURGH, SONNET YOUTH 

22: BRIGHTON, APPLES AND SNAKES,TROPE


27: LONDON, HOST OF BOOKSLAM X WELLCOME PRIZE