Salena Godden and her book cover of 'With Love, Grief and Fury'

An Evening With Salena Godden

Saturday 18 May 2024
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Guildhall
£13/£8 (excl. booking fees)
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Join us for a very special festival event with one of the powerhouses of British poetry, the trailblazing poet and award-winning novelist Salena Godden, celebrating the launch of her audacious new collection, With Love, Grief and Fury. Expect an electrifying, rousing performance of poems brimming with compassion and contemplation. Poems that will nourish the soul. And poems of fire and fury that will kick some ass, tell the truth and inspire change and hope.

‘Heartfelt and surreal, uncompromising and tender, Godden holds the poem in the palm of her hand like a hummingbird’ – Joelle Taylor


Thank you to Bath Spa University for sponsoring this event.


Salena Godden FRSL is an award-winning author, poet and broadcaster of Jamaican-mixed heritage based in London. Her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death won the Indie Book Award for Fiction and the People’s Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards and the Gordon Burn Prize. Film and TV rights for Mrs Death Misses Death have been optioned by Idris Elba’s production company Green Door Pictures. Godden has been shortlisted for the 4thWrite short story prize and the Ted Hughes Prize. Her work has been widely anthologised and broadcast on radio, TV and film. Her poem Pessimism is for Lightweights is on permanent display at the People’s History Museum, Manchester. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022.