Thursday, 6 December 2018

Mrs Death Misses Death on BBC R4 | Pessimism is For Lightweights in Rough Trade Books of 2018 | Christmas parties!










'Mrs Death Misses Death' 


"Salena Godden is one of the UK's foremost poets and known for the graphic power of her work. Mrs Death Misses Death is a new work in progress by Salena in which she personifies death as a woman. The work is a collaboration, a novel and an album, with fiction and poetry, and soundtrack composed with Peter Coyte.  Death is a reality few of us want to confront, so how do we talk about our mortality? Salena allows us to follow the development of this experimental new work from page to stage. Mrs Death Misses Death, she says, is not simply a book about death or dying, but about ritual, mourning and love, and ultimately, it's about celebrating this life, this world, and our short time here.”

Repeat Broadcast







'Mrs Death Misses Death' 

"Salena Godden faces with robust clarity what many of us would prefer to distract ourselves from thinking about. She argues that Death is a woman; not the usual caricature of a hooded male figure carrying a sickle. She’s that invisible woman who can be found anywhere and everywhere: the careworn mother sitting beside us on the bus, or the cleaner in the hospital corridor we walk past and don’t notice. She lives among us in different guises; that’s the point. Death really is part of life."

"We all know a lot of dead people now, says Godden, yet we don’t know how to ‘unfriend’ them or erase them from our smartphones. Yet to talk about death, says Godden, is to talk about life, ‘to celebrate the everyday miracle of survival’. 










Thank you Rough Trade

'Pessimism is for Lightweights - 
13 pieces of Courage and Resistance'

Check out the full 2018 list here:









LIVE SHOWS
PARTIES, GIGS & GATHERINGS 
DECEMBER 2018


DECEMBER 7 
AN EVENING WITH RHODA DAKAR
100 CLUB, LONDON

DECEMBER 8
THE SOCIAL CHRISTMAS MARKET
THE SOCIAL, LONDON

DECEMBER 10
ROUGH TRADE BOOKS CHRISTMAS PARTY
THE SOCIAL, LONDON

DECEMBER 11 
PRINTED MATTER
CROWLEYS BAR, HASTINGS

DECEMBER 15 
BANG SAID THE GUN
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON

DECEMBER 17
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID 
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON






DECEMBER 7 
AN EVENING WITH RHODA DAKAR
100 CLUB, LONDON

TICKETS: https://agmp.ticketabc.com







DECEMBER 11 
PRINTED MATTER
CROWLEYS BAR, HASTINGS

TICKETS: https://www.facebook.com/events


DECEMBER 15 
BANG SAID THE GUN
SOHO THEATRE, LONDON

TICKETS: https://sohotheatre.com



DECEMBER 17
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID 
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON

TICKETS: https://www.royalalberthall.com



'Pessimism is for Lightweights - 
13 pieces of courage and resistance' 
published by Rough Trade Books: www.roughtradebooks.com


'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP'  
out with Nymphs and Thugs: www.nymphsandthugs.net











Sunday, 18 November 2018

Mrs Death Misses Death | BBC Radio 4 | Broadcast December 2nd 4.30pm




Thank you to all that came to our sold out show Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate. We had a packed house and it was the perfect venue, warm crowd and ambience to share more  from this developing work Mrs Death Misses Death. We will be sharing more from this project in 2019, look out for it in theatres and festivals and more...  











"Salena Godden is one of the UK's foremost poets and known for the graphic power of her work. Mrs Death Misses Death is a new work in progress by Salena in which she personifies death as a woman. The work is a collaboration, a novel and an album, with fiction and poetry, and soundtrack composed with Peter Coyte.  

I know a lot of dead people now... Godden writes. Death is a reality few of us want to confront, so how do we talk about our mortality? Salena allows us to follow the development of this experimental new work from page to stage. Mrs Death Misses Death, she says, is not simply a book about death or dying, but about ritual, mourning and love, and ultimately, it's about celebrating this life, this world, and our short time here.”













'Pessimism is for Lightweights - 
13 pieces of courage and resistance' 
published by Rough Trade Books: www.roughtradebooks.com



'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP'  
out with Nymphs and Thugs: www.nymphsandthugs.net


Monday, 12 November 2018

Poem | Remembrance









Remembrance



We observe two minutes silence in a Costa in a motorway services muted customers hold hot drinks awkward silently remembering the futility of war in a Costa owned by Coke whilst buying petrol from billionaires that profit from the trade of arms and oil and life.



(c) Salena Godden 

*short twitter poem written Sunday November 11th 2018













FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16TH






'Pessimism is for Lightweights - 
13 pieces of courage and resistance' 
published by Rough Trade Books: www.roughtradebooks.com 'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP'  
out with Nymphs and Thugs: www.nymphsandthugs.net






Thursday, 8 November 2018

News: Salena Godden signs to Own It! Literary, Film and TV Agency




Thrilled to announce that after many, many years of looking after myself 

I now have an agent  and I will be represented by publishing powerhouse ... 

Crystal Mahey-Morgan 


OWN IT! has signed author, poet and 
activist Salena Godden to its literary, film and TV agency

- The Bookseller: http://bit.ly/2QnTvpC















SPECIAL ONE OFF PERFORMANCE 













'Pessimism is for Lightweights - 13 pieces of courage and resistance' 
published by Rough Trade Books: www.roughtradebooks.com 'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP'  
out now with Nymphs and Thugs: www.nymphsandthugs.net








Monday, 29 October 2018

Poem | Sage









Sage



The hot moon
has nudged us awake
called us come
bare foot and
naked hearted
stones circle the flame
we cut and burn a ringlet
for all the memory hair holds
of you and of then
slit a fish throat
metaphorically
open the sea and all the wet sky
and then let go
of all those gulped words
it is safe to cough them up now
your throat jammed with rage
furry with unspoken things
remember how they shushed you
for you were being a girl
too loud they said and such messy hair
then when you grew beautiful and strong
you were still all wrong
so laugh, belly laugh
your teeth all liquorice
your face is a festival
mud and ash, smoke and cider
daub their doll’s house in clots
add salt for the truth of it
and pepper for the courage this always takes
every lifetime over and over again
you are the survivor of ideas that cannot burn
you are your own ghosts wildest dream
here’s some sage
stick that in your bowl and smoke it
burn ear wax for all the listening they will not do
add an eyelash for the lucky charms of you
prick your finger and write in blood:
I promise I will never ever shush
then roar
bold enough to wake your elders
pour oil on the fire and spit and crackle
as all your hurts uncurl
add water
she remembers everyone
every drop of every one of us
be seen for which drop you are
the truth of it shines in your tears
take a good slug of rum and
then swig another and feel the burn
look it in the terrible eye
the old spirit walking in your veins
you won’t bleed for much longer
the trouble of it leaves you
tie it with string
place them feelings
in the doll’s house
lock it, nice and neat
and miniature
and watch it burn
hot and orange and true
you’ll never shush or shrink
finish the bottle of rum
leave none for the dying stars
nothing for the postman
bloody moon
midsummer’s furious beauty
in a world that never changes
so march forwards
I promise
I will never ever shush you
we hold hands
love shines brightest
just then
as the moon sets
since all this blood began
we never, ever
give up.


(c) Salena Godden / 2018






















Sage by Salena Godden - Performed LIVE at Byline Festival
Now up on youtube: https://youtu.be/omvFQBTpGn8 Sage published in 'Pessimism is for Lightweights - 13 pieces of courage and resistance' by Rough Trade Books: www.roughtradebooks.com Audio of other poems from this set 'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP' released this month with Nymphs and Thugs: www.nymphsandthugs.net











CAMBRIDGE 
WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER



MARGATE 




LONDON 













HAPPY HALLOWEEN, SAMHAIN, DIA DE MUERTOS, ALL SAINTS DAY
MAY OUR RIGHTEOUS ANCESTORS EMPOWER US
NOW AND IN THE HOUR OF OUR NEED