Sunday, 21 January 2018

Poem: Courage is a muscle #timesup

Ash Sarkar, Salena Godden, Sophie Cameron  - Womens March 2018 

Courage is a Muscle

Courage is a muscle we gotta keep tight because
Courage is the muscle we use when we fight

Courage is a muscle we flex when we must
Courage is the muscle, for truth and for trust

Courage is the muscle we use when we speak
If we're being talked over and told we're too weak

And when we get weary and when it gets tough
It's our united courage says: Enough is enough

Our blood is taxed, our blood is shame
Our courage unites us, we all bleed the same

Courage is the muscle we work night and day
To get equal rights, to get equal pay

And when we get weary, we march side by side
100 years we're still marching with courage and with pride

Times up ... times up, times up!

(c) Salena Godden / work in progress
Poem written for #Timesup Women's March London 2018

I went and joined the Womens March #Timesup Rally at Downing Street, London today. 
It was so inspirational Thank you to Women's March for the opportunity to speak and to contribute. I hope this day reminds us all to amplify and empower women. If you want to help, give your energy. Read more women and listen to women's work. If you run an event, a TV or radio programme, make sure you book more women, put women as the headline feature, fund more women, put more women in print, push women forward, pay women properly and equally and on time, embolden women's art and literature, give women the mic... If a country will elect a president or prime minister who does not protect or speak up for the women of that country, who does not want to give women freedom and the freedom of choice, then the women will be forced to unite and rise up to do the vital work of protecting themselves, themselves. And I stand in solidarity with all courageous people coming forward today and speaking up. Pessimism is for lightweights. Courage is a muscle.

on sexism, discrimination and inequality

backstage: Salena Godden, Paris Lees, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, photo by Elainea Emmott

I'm going back underground now. I've been spending winter living like a hermit in a writing prison, working dawn to dusk, to get some new work written. I'll see you again in Springtime... My first gig of 2018, February 18th, Verve Festival, Birmingham.

Also coming up: I am thrilled to be working on a project with LSO Jerwood Composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman 'HUH' premiere, March 17th, LSO St Lukes, London

I'm doing gigs and bits for International Womens week also in March, I'll share more dates, and news in next blog post...Keep fighting the good fight!

NEW book for 2018: Others - Writers on difference

Currently being crowdfunded and published by Unbound with all net profits going to refugees and stop hate charities. A collection of essays, stories and poetry on the theme of being 'Other' I will be joining other-others in a spectacular line up that includes Leila Aboulela, Gillian Allnutt, Damian Barr, Noam Chomsky, Rishi Dastidar, Peter Ho Davies, Louise Doughty, Salena Godden, Colin Grant, Sam Guglani, Matt Haig, Aamer Hussein, Anjali Joseph, AL Kennedy, Joanne Limburg, Tiffany Murray, Sara Nović, Edward Platt, Alex Preston, Tom Shakespeare, Kamila Shamsie, Will Storr...  #Wetickother  Please make a pledge and help get this book into print by ordering your hardback copy today!  Follow hashtag #Othersbook 

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