Salena Godden

Salena Godden is the author of literary childhood memoir Springfield Road which was successfully crowd funded and published with Unbound in 2014 and Fishing In The Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014 published with Burning Eye Books. Short fiction Blue Cornflowers was shortlisted for the 4th Estate and Guardian short story prize in June 2016. And commissioned essay 'Shade' is published in ground breaking best seller The Good Immigrant.

An album 'LIVEwire' was released in October 2016 with independent spoken word label Nymphs & Thugs. Written, performed and produced by Salena, this new live poetry and spoken word album features live and studio recordings, archives and brand new unpublished work and songs. LIVEwire also includes performances of pieces from Salena’s books.

As one of the UK’s most iconic poets, Salena is a regular performer at literary events, touring constantly and topping the bill at numerous festivals nationally and internationally. She's appeared on BBC radio programmes such as The Verb, Saturday Live, Loose Ends, Fact To Fiction and as poet in residence on the BBC World Service programme Click.

Salena has written and presented several arts programmes with award winning documentary maker and producer Rebecca Maxted. These include 'Stir it up - 50 Years Writing Jamaica' and 'Try A little Tenderness - The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks' both for BBC.

Widely recognised as a trailblazer for fellow performers, Salena Godden is a true renaissance woman, her stage presence and voice are distinctive, her performances are electrifying, intensely powerful and filled with humour and warmth.