Monday, 11 March 2019

THIS WEEK: BBC RADIO, THE GOOD IMMIGRANT USA AND SPRING UPRISING









Action shot Salena Godden recording with Roger McGough





BBC R3 - The Verb 

International Women's Day special, explores footnotes, ironic detective fiction, poem-spells, satire, sound loops and neologisms - and the way they can all be used to fight sexist language - all in honour of International Women's Day. Ian McMillan's guests are the writer and sociologist Professor Ann Oakley, who popularised the word 'gender' in the 1970s, and founded the Social Science Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education, the novelist and critic Dr Siri Hustvedt on her new novel 'Memories of the Future', the poet Salena Godden on her new collection 'Pessimism is for Lightweights: 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance' - and he presents brand new work from sound artist and composer Ingrid Plum. This was such a fantastic and inspiring programme to be part of, we talk about 'The Good Immigrant' and I also read 'Sage' from 'Pessimism is for Lightweights'  - Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on March 8th available online now.




Action shot Salena Godden recording with Roger McGough



BBC R4 - Poetry Please 

Salena Godden curates an episode of Poetry Please and chooses some of her favourite pieces for Roger McGough - A selection of timeless poems of courage and resistance, protest and rebellion, poetry of magic and hedonism, musicality and tenderness - Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on March 17th and repeated on March 23rd










The Good Immigrant USA, published this month
In this much-anticipated follow-up to the award winning and bestselling UK edition, hailed by Zadie Smith as 'lively and vital', editors Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman hand the microphone to an incredible range of writers whose humanity and right to be in the US is under attack. Chigozie Obioma unpacks an Igbo proverb that helped him navigate his journey to America from Nigeria. Jenny Zhang analyzes cultural appropriation in nineties fashion, recalling her own pain and confusion as a teenager trying to fit in. Fatimah Asghar describes the flood of memory and emotion triggered by an encounter with an Uber driver from Kashmir. Alexander Chee writes of a visit to Korea that changed his relationship to his heritage. These writers share powerful personal stories of living between cultures and languages while struggling to figure out who they are and where they belong. Welcome to the family! Hits UK shops this week, March 2019. Come see Nikesh Shukla, Chimene Suleyman, Sabrina Mahfouz and Salena Godden talking about this work at Foyles, this Wednesday March 13th at Foyles, London.

Dialogue: http://www.dialoguebooks.org










LIVE SHOWS, MARCH 2019



20: GLASGOW, SONNET YOUTH 

21: EDINBURGH, SONNET YOUTH 

22: BRIGHTON, APPLES AND SNAKES,TROPE

27: LONDON, HOST OF BOOKSLAM X WELLCOME PRIZE 









LATEST:'No Holds Barred' by Salena Godden
Underground Poems, limited edition broadside 
suitable for framing, published Feb 2019 by Tangerine Press


OUT NOW: 'Pessimism is for Lightweights 
13 pieces of Courage and Resistance' pamphlets and posters 
published at Rough Trade Books: 


OUT NOW:'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP' 
LIVEwire album, CD, DL, Vinyl, Zines 
plus T-shirts all available at Nymphs & Thugs: 








Salena returns to BRISTOL March 16th  
Extinction Rebellion SPRING UPRISING!! 





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