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:
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



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: 

"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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 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







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


available in 4 glorious formats 

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

order LIVEwire from Nymphs &Thugs 

visit Salena’s Bookshoppe

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