Wednesday 8 October 2014

'Springfield Road' book launch party, gigs and radio in pictures...

Last Wednesday Vout-O-Reenee’s hosted the London booklaunchparty for Springfield Road to thank the hundred’s of people who pledged and supported this ‪#‎crowdfunded‬ book. Wow! Thank you!  Thank you to Maggie Gee and Rachael Kerr who gave epic speeches and made us all craugh. We sold lotsandlots of books and danced and drank and well you can see the evidence below, here's a scrapbook from the SPRINGFIELD ROAD booklaunchparty! 

This week I was on Loose Ends for BBC Radio 4 with Clive Anderson, David Morrissey, Andy Hamilton, Benjamin Zephaniah, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, and Arthur Smith. I read from Springfield Road. Find it on your iplayer:

"@ArfurSmith I spent the afternoon with my mother taking it in turns to read aloud from your book. It is enchanting"

I had a wonderful time in Wales last weekend where I was reading from Springfield Road at The Laugharne Weekend / The Dylan Weekends. There was much Dylan Thomas spirit and japes. I was honoured to meet and interview the wonderful Francesca Martinez. I love Wales, beautiful people and lush landscapes and skies. Below I've included a few pics of Laugharne, Dylan Thomas's writing shed, his pants and his final resting place. Beautiful! Next stop Bookslam then the Reading Comedy Festival, please scroll down to see pics and links and more and thank you for subscribing to 'Waiting For Godden' xxsg

October 11th: NTS Radio with Angry Sam

November 5th: The Book Club Boutique / Bonfire night Burning Eye party

November 22/23rd: Cosmic Trigger with Daisy Campbell, Liverpool

Maggie Gee and Rachael Kerr

Maggie Gee and Rachael Kerr

Maggie Gee

Maggie, Rosa, Rachael and Salena Godden

Maggie, Rosa, Rachael and Salena Godden

Isabel Adomakoh-Young, Salena Godden, Bishi Bhattacharya and MissLouisa Young 

Gus Godden and Salena Godden

Gus Godden and Salena Godden

 Jon More (Coldcut) and Salena Godden

Bishi Bhattacharya and Christine Lockhart

Christine Lockhart, Salena Godden and Samantha Love

Debbie Kilbride, Gus Godden and Springfield Road

Sabrina Mahfouz & Salena Godden

Glen Duncan, Rowan Pelling and Salena Godden

Salena Godden and Tim Wells

MissLouisa Young, Salena Godden, Rachael Kerr and Isabel Adomakoh-Young

Recording 'Loose Ends' BBC Radio 4  at BBC Radio Theatre.

 Benjamin Zephaniah, Springfield Road and Salena Godden at BBC Radio Theatre.

 Benjamin Zephaniah, Springfield Road, Salena Godden and ARTHUR SMITH at BBC Radio Theatre.
Recording 'Loose Ends' BBC Radio 4 — with Clive Anderson at BBC Radio Theatre.
ARTHUR SMITH and Springfield Road at BBC Radio Theatre

Paul Heaton, Jacqui Abbott and The Beautiful South at BBC Radio Theatre

David Morrissey at BBC Radio Theatre

Dylan Thomas's writing shed

The brilliant Niall Griffiths reading at Laugharne

Interviewing Francesca Martinez at Laugharne

Dylan Thomas pants, Laugharne

Beautiful Wales

'Somewhere In This City' was published in The Morning Star

"We haven’t met but I can picture you 
and a huge stack of unopened envelopes…" 

‘Somewhere In This City’ is the opening poem in the 'Fishing In The Aftermath'  collection by Salena Godden published in July 2014 by Burning Eye Books,  
Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter. Thanks Jody!

'Fishing In The Aftermath' Sabotage Reviews

“‘Fishing in the Aftermath, Poems 1994-2014’ is a non-linear labyrinth exposing the vulnerability of a girl-turned-poet at the turn of the century, both in modern-day England and in post-9/11 New York City. It’s a melodic and unguarded coming-of-age story filled with moments of anger, sadness, friendship, loneliness, and red-hot passion. To say that Godden’s work is a reflection of a youth well spent in search of a higher meaning as an artist is an understatement — Her commitment to her work is refreshing in its honesty, and her decision to divulge the difficulties of the writers’ life rather than gild it in beautiful words as some do is immensely satisfying.”

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