Friday, 6 April 2018

Pessimism Is For Lightweights at the Arnolfini ... Thank you




Hello! 

Just a quick post today to say a huge heart felt thank you to everyone that made it to the Arnolfini Gallery last night. I made the pilgrimage to Bristol yesterday and had such a wonderful time and met some beautiful people. I was so excited to see my poem there for myself. Thank you to Pete Bearder for introducing the event and warming things up. Very brilliant kind man. 

Last night I read from my new work PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS: 13 PIECES OF COURAGE AND RESISTANCE which will be published by Rough Trade Books in a few weeks. After the gig we all gathered outside on the harbour side and the Arnolfini audience read the Pessimism is for lightweights to me. The whole thing was very moving ... my heart exploded.

I am going on a retreat now. I've been invited by Neu Reekie to be the April writer in residence at Bill Drummond's Curfew Tower in Ireland. I hope to return refreshed with all that sea air, with renewed energy and with the new book completed. I'll probably get into having Guinness for my dinner too. It is a monster task to face yourself in all that solitude, I am nervous and excited, looking forward to lots of skying and reading and writing binges. 

My next big gig is May 18th at The British Library with The Last Poets!!! 

See you here and see you there, thank you! 









Books - Spring 2018


Pessimism Is For Lightweights - 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance 
A selection of new poems, Pessimism Is For Lightweights, pieces of courage and resistance, by Salena Godden, will be published by Rough Trade Books in spring 2018. Rough Trade Books is an exciting new publishing venture in the mould of the pioneering record label. 


Out now! Woman poetry anthology was published last week on International woman day 2018. 16 international poets, edited by Rita Osei and Michelle Olly, 50 poems on themes of birth, growth and adolescence, available at amazon now. 

Mrs Death Misses Death is a work in progress, a fiction with a soundtrack composed by Peter Coyte. Early drafts of this book were shared at a sold out show at Last Word Festival, The Roundhouse, June 2017. This project is in development, supported by Blah, Blah, Blah at The Bristol Old Vic and The Society of Authors. A BBC documentary Mrs Death Misses Death is in development and scheduled for broadcast later in 2018.  


New anthology successfully crowdfunded with Unbound, with all net profits going to charity. 
A collection on the theme of ‘other’ and a spectacular line up that includes work from Damian Barr, Noam Chomsky, Rishi Dastidar, Salena Godden, Colin Grant, Matt Haig, AL Kennedy, Kamila Shamsie and many other-others, edited by writer and psychologist, Charles Fernyhough, due for publication later in 2018.


NEW: The Dizziness Of Freedom 
Published by Bad Betty press. New juicy poetry anthology on the way, a myriad 50 poets on themes of mental health, this collection is gonna be amazing, read more about it all here: badbettypress.com




Salena Godden and Peter Bearder 



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