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 28: HULL - BANG SAID THE GUN TOUR

JULY 29-30: CORNWALL, PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL

AUGUST 4-6: CHEPSTOW, GREEN GATHERING



OCT 18: BRISTOL, FESTIVAL OF FUTURE CITY





 "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













Saturday, 1 April 2017

NEW! LIVEwire video 'That's All We Had Dad'








That's All We Had, Dad
Excerpt from Springfield Road
Featured on LIVEwire album, recorded live at Bookslam, Clapham Grand
NEW LIVEwire film now on youtube: 'That's All We Had, Dad'

  I searched everywhere in the universe and in everything you touched in my world for your scent, for flakes of your skin, for the strands of hair, of each minute of that one afternoon. Every tiny triviality, like water retaining memory, seeping through each crevice of those few hours we spent together. That afternoon became a shrine, a cave. I stroked the walls of those few hours with all five senses, second by second. I took a stick and scratched our names there and every minute detail I daubed and highlighted with paints. I felt the coolness and the heat of those walls against my cheeks. I can still smell that day; when I think of it I inhale some form of dust, it sticks in the back of my throat. I can still summon the sensation of waiting for you Dad, of having you and losing you. Those few hours are an animal carcass. I devoured all its tender flesh. I boiled the bones to make a glue soup to keep us together and I slept in the hide of the beast to dream of you. All we had was that one day when you appeared from nowhere and then you went again. For those moments I looked into your eyes, I saw something I now understand was regret or guilt. I also believe I also saw love, and that was all we ever had, Dad. 


NEW LIVEwire VIDEO
Nymphs and Thugs are thrilled to present this stunning new video from Idle Work Factory, featuring a live audio recording of Salena Godden's 'That's All We Had, Dad'. 
The audio is taken from the  #LIVEwire album, which was shortlisted for The Poetry Society's Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.
The audio performance was recorded at Book Slam, Clapham Grand. The video was filmed, directed and edited by Jordon Scott Kennedy and was shot on location in Hastings, East Sussex in November 2016.
'That's All We Had, Dad' is an short excerpt from Salena's childhood memoir 'Springfield Road' (Unbound), which is available from http://salenagodden.bigcartel.com/
LIVEwire is out now on Special Edition CD, and is available to pre-order on 2LP gatefold double vinyl. There's also a beautiful full-colour zine, t-shirts and pin badges.
There will be a Nymphs and Thugs UK tour this spring. For dates and information please visit nymphsandthugs.net or contact Matt Abbott on matt@nymphsandthugs.net







Salena Godden recently shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award 

and a Saboteur award for 'Best Spoken Word Performer’ 

Voting for the Saboteur shortlisted works is open until 30th April 
 
Votes can be cast hereThank you!








THIS WEEK, APRIL 5TH: THE GOOD IMMIGRANT - LITERARY DEATH MATCH - SOUTHBANK




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




TITANIC in BBC's 'WE BELONG HERE' 

The poem TITANIC features on the LIVEwire album



Monday, 27 March 2017

NEW film: Salena Godden speaking at Parliament Square protest








Salena Godden reading an excerpt from 'Shade' from 'The Good Immigrant' and poem 'Citizen of Nowhere' live in Parliament Square, London, March 25th 2017 - March for Europe - It was a beautiful, peaceful and hopeful day, we do not hold hands with hate today, film now on youtube here


Excerpt: 'Shade' by Salena Godden published in 'The Good Immigrant' 

Britain is an island surrounded by salt sea water and inhabited by people of every shade. Human colour is the colour I’m truly interested in, the colour of your humanity. May the size of your heart and the depth of your soul be your currency. Let us eat from the cooking pot of mixed culture and bathe in the cool shade of being other. There are no borders. We are all citizens of the world. 

Whatever shade you are, bring your light, bring your colour, bring your music, bring your books, bring your stories and your histories. United as a people we are a million majestic colours, together we are a glorious stained-glass window. 

We are building a cathedral of otherness, brick by brick, song by song, and book by book. It is a beautiful morning, it is first light on the time of being other, so get out from that shade and feel the warmth of being outside. 


We tick: Other


'The Good Immigrant' published by https://unbound.com


Poem 'Citizen of Nowhere' is published here: http://www.salenagodden.co.uk/2016/10/new-poem-youre-citizen-of-nowhere.html






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




DATES, GIGS, PARTIES AND FESTIVALS COMING UP...

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 - 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