Salena Godden

Salena Godden is a high-profile poet. She is also an activist, broadcaster, essayist and memoirist whose work has been widely anthologised. The Royal Society of Literature made her a fellow FRSL in November 2020.

Canongate pre-empted world rights to her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death. A documentary following the work-in-progress over a year was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The book has been  described by the publisher as “intoxicating and life-affirming” and in The Bookseller as “an original, exuberant novel, freewheeling from prose to poetry to non-fiction, truly one of a kind.”

Canongate published Mrs Death Misses Death in January 2021 to high acclaim and it has been shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize; the winner will be announced in October 2021. Film and TV rights to this unique debut novel have been taken by Idris Elba’s production company Green Door Pictures. Commenting on the deal, Elba said: “Mrs Death Misses Death feels like an instant classic, with an intoxicating story that crosses time and continents. I was immediately drawn to Salena’s writing and am humbled and excited to have the opportunity to bring her brilliant words to life on screen.”

Godden has had several volumes of poetry published including Under The Pier (Nasty Little Press) Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014 (Burning Eye Books) Pessimism is for Lightweights – 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance (Rough Trade Books) and also her literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road (Unbound).

During 2018 her poem Pessimism is for Lightweights was displayed at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol. It has now been donated to The Peoples History Museum, Manchester, where it is now on permanent display. The poem was unveiled in February 2020 to mark the museum’s 10th birthday.

Salena Godden has recorded several albums, most recently her spoken-word album LIVEwire (Nymphs and Thugs) was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. In May 2020 she released ‘The Lockdown E.P’ (Nymphs and Thugs) with profits being donated to the NHS charities.

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