Sophia Thakur and Salena Godden

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With 15,700 followers on YouTube, poet Sophia Thakur is a leading voice in UK performance poetry. Performing at universities and festivals such as Glastonbury as well as TEDx, her provocative lyrics and enthralling storytelling touches and connects her listeners. Her first poetry collection Somebody Give This Heart a Pen (2019) traces a journey of love, loss and faith towards self-discovery.

Author and poet Salena Godden has been a pioneer in the UK poetry scene. Her activist poetry collection Pessimism is for Lightweights: 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance features poems that Salena wrote for the women’s march as well as pieces on social justice and the people fighting for it. Her poem Pessimism is for Lightweights can be found on the walls of Manchester’s People’s History Museum. Salena’s genre-bending debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death will be published by Canongate in 2021.

Sophia and Salena will treat the audience to live performances of their poetrySophia and Salena will treat the audience to live performances of their poetry

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