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Salena Godden

Salena Godden
Salena Godden

is one of Britain's foremost poets and regular headliner at literary and music festivals, topping the bill nationally and internationally. She published her childhood memoir Springfield Road (2014) and the poetry collections Fishing In The Aftermath and Under The Pier. Her essay Shade featured in 2016 literary sensation The Good Immigrant (Unbound) which won the 2016 Book Of the Year Readers Choice award. Her performance of her poem Titanic featured in BBC spoken word programme We Belong Here. She's a regular guest on British radio, creates her own radio programs, and teaches writing in high schools. The brand new live spoken word album LIVEwire has attracted rave reviews since it's launch in autumn 2016 via indie poetry label Nymphs and Thugs, including a 5 star review in The iPaper.

(2017)

Archive available for: Salena Godden

  • Winternachten 2017

    World Storytelling in the Institute of Social Studies

    With: Kees Biekart, Piotr Ibrahim Kalwas, Salena Godden

    Listen to stories from near and far. They will be told by African, Latin American and Asian students, as well as by Winternachten Festival guests Salena Godden (UK) and Piotr Ibrahim Kalwas (Poland). Do you have a story that fits the bill? Come down to the ISS and get registered. In English

  • Winternachten 2017 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Saturday Night Wintercafé: Spot on Young Poets

    Francis Broekhuijsen presents students of Hague high schools reading their own poetry, the result of workshops led by members of the Hague Poets' Guild. Young poet and 2014 C. Buddingh Prize winner Maarten van der Graaff and British poet and performer Salena Godden keep them company. During each Spot on Young Poets event (Friday and Saturday), one finalist for the Young Campert Prize will be chosen. Both finalists will read their poems during Sunday's Writers' Festival event, ahead of the award ceremony of the Jan Campert Foundation prizes. The public will choose one of them as the winner of this new prize for best Hague student poet. Come down and witness the literary future! Dutch spoken

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Friday Night Wintercafé: Spot on Young Poets

    Francis Broekhuijsen presents students of Hague high schools reading their own poetry, the result of workshops led by members of the Hague Poets' Guild. Young poet and 2016 C. Buddingh Prize winner Marieke Rijneveld and British poet and performer Salena Godden keep them company. During each Spot on Young Poets event (Friday and Saturday), one finalist for the Young Campert Prize will be chosen. Both finalists will read their poems during Sunday's Writers' Festival event, ahead of the award ceremony of the Jan Campert Foundation prizes. The public will choose one of them as the winner of this new prize for best Hague student poet. Come down and witness the literary future!

  • Winternachten 2017 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    My Secret City

    Can the secrets of a city — a collection of microcosms, a collection of past and layered histories — ever be completely and commonly uncovered? The festival asked seven authors to write about their own "secret" cities. Not the city that they see when they walk out the door and onto the street, but the city that they occasionally and unexpectedly come across. Participants read in their own language, with English and Dutch translations projected simultaneously.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    "The world is a story we tell ourselves about the world," according to Indian writer Vikram Chandra. Hanna Bervoets used the quote as a motto for her novel Efter, in which she investigates the fairy tales we tell ourselves and others to come to grips with our surroundings. Because we do tell one another fairy tales: about how the world appears, but also about how we ourselves appear. On Facebook, Instagram and vlogs we show our best side: photos are Photoshopped or simply "not allowed on timeline." Thus the world is not only a story we tell ourselves about the world, but also a story we tell the world about ourselves. With Hanna Bervoets, Salena Godden and others.

  • Winternachten 2017 – Friday Night Unlimited

    In the Mirror of Refugees

    The image that refugees have of Europe does not match the reality they experience upon arrival. Europe is a fiction. German-Azerbaijani writer Olga Grjasnowa wrote about the displaced in a globalized world; the Russian Michaïl Sjisjkin translated for asylumseekers in Vienna for years, which led to his novel Venus Hair; and novelist and filmmaker Hassan Blasim fled Irak and ended up turning his experiences into a book in Finland. Dutchman Tommy Wieringa delved into the motives of refugees for Dit zijn de namen (These Are the Names). What do they find in Europe? Moderator: Jeroen van Kan.