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FERVOR FESTIVAL : An Evening with Salena Godden

11th August / 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Book Tickets (Seated Only)


Fervor Festival – Spoken Word Thursdays presents an Evening with Salena Godden – one of the most prolific poets of our time both of stage and page.

Join us for an exclusive audience with the activist, broadcaster, essayist and memoirist as we delve into the inner workings of Godden’s creativity, what it was like to publish her critically-acclaimed novel, Mrs Death Misses Death, discover what the future holds and of course, be treated to a private reading.

We will also have a mini line-up of Joly Licks favoured poets prior to the main event.

Praise for Mrs Death Misses Death:

“A fantastically imaginative story about life, death and everything in between – a potent reminder that life is short and every second should be cherished”

“Exquisite. A daring, poetic offering that establishes Godden as one of our most exciting voices. I loved it”


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.”

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.


11th August
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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