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Week 47: 29 July 2012

Salena Godden

Poet, performer and writer

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Salena Godden

Salena Godden's latest collection 'Under The Pier' was published by hip-indie imprint Nasty Little Press in 2011. Most recently her work has appeared in Shortfire Press, Illustrated Ape Magazine, Trespass Magazine, Paraphilia, Rising, Teller Magazine, The Mechanics Institute Review published by Birkbeck University, Picador's Punk Fiction and Parthian Books Raconteur. Her poetry featured in the three latest anthologies from Tangerine Press titled Dwang. Salena Godden hosts and produces The Book Club Boutique - Soho's hippest literary salon – soliciting their own unique brand of Books, Booze and Boogie-Woogie. Salena features regularly on BBC's 'The Verb' and 'Bespoken Word' and is among the poets in residence on Radio 4's 'Saturday Live'.

In August 2011 her narrative play 'A Valentine At Waterloo' was aired and podcast as part of the BBC’s 'Verse Illustrated' series. Salena was commissioned for the Sixty-Six Books project, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the publication of The King James Bible. Her response The Chronicle was performed by actor Joshua McGuire (star of BBC drama ‘The Hour’ & Hamlet) at The Bush Theatre and Westminster Abbey. This work was published in Sixty-Six Books by Oberon. Salena is in her third year facilitating workshops for First Story - a charity created by author William Fiennes - that aims to foster and nurture literacy and creative writing in secondary schools.

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