Monday, 15 August 2016

Performance: 'Can't Be Bovvered' live at Festival 23





Can’t Be Bovvered

Of course it’s difficult! That’s the whole point, tell me something I don’t know, if it was easy everybody would do it, you CAN’T, that is the point of hard and difficult things. They are hard and difficult. What is the point of doing something easy? What is easy? Is it easy being a CAN’T? Or a bank robber or a pilot or a heroin addict or a lion tamer or a millionaire? Is it easy to be honest? Is it easy to be first? Anything worth doing is hard and worth doing really hard and for hours and every day until you have it down and you have done it the best you CAN otherwise it’s pointless doing it, you CAN’T. Even being a total CAN’T takes hard work, hours of dedication and you should know that, you CAN’T. Every day you are shown evidence against being a CAN’T but every day you persist in being a total CAN’T, you lie there in your hot little bed planning what you CAN’T do or CAN’T say, planning where you can't go...

If CAN’T's like you had your own way no books, songs or paintings would ever be completed because it might be a wee bit of work. Hello my name is Jimi Hend… dunt matta… Hello my name is Ludwig van Bee… bovvered. May as well stay in bed picking your nose and wiping it off on the sheets because it dunt matta wotevaaa, CAN’T be bovvered, CAN’T be bovvvered… I had a dream… yeah woteva. Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art… CAN’T be bovvered. If it was left up to you churches would be left half built and Neil Armstrong would be still on the moon waiting for a ride home and people would die in the middle of CAN’T be bovvered brain surgery and Jesus Christ would be left hanging there from one hand because it was a bit hard and it took a bit of energy to get the nail in through the palm of the other one, might as well leave it, just leave the son of God dangling by one arm, you CAN’T, now look the son of God just snapped at the ankles, headbutted his old dear and bloodied her nose because you, you sloppy CAN’T, you didn’t even hammer that one in properly, you have a break, go on, dunt matta, dunk your Kit Kat.

CAN’T be bovvered going to galleries or reading books, dunt matta, you want pizza and lots of telly, you shit what you are fed… telly about telly, footage of fat ugly people bickering and scoffing pizza, you are watching yourself on telly, you CAN’T. How much imagination must it take to convince yourself that anything difficult, anything that takes a bit of thought or work must be avoided and ignored until someone on telly tells you it’s kinda like pizza and maybe worth checking out? Once upon a time when you were a baby CAN’T it was very hard, very difficult to learn to stand and then to walk and even a CAN’T like you managed that… then it was hard and difficult to learn to speak CAN’T, and you speak CAN’T fluently, like it must be your first language. Then it was very hard, very difficult to learn to read and to write, to build ideas, to understand theories, histories and create things, and that’s where CAN’T’s like you stop whilst the rest of the world evolves and involves in spite of itself… in spite of you, you CAN’T. Outside it’s filthy with life, with new ideas and a curiosity of how the world works and spins with the weight of thinking, questioning, the perfection of gifts and talents and finding fantastic ways to communicate dreams and visions, it’s called seeing things through, you CAN’T, it’s called being awake you CAN'T and its called being alive, you CAN’T.

Paint a church ceiling? Paint a church ceiling, you sure? Oooooh, that will be very very hard, very very difficult, I wouldn’t bovver if I was you, wotevaaa, your name is, ermmm, Michelangelo… woteva, Sistine Chapel… dunt matta… woteva… CAN can can can can can can can can can can can… you CAN’T.

YOU. CAN.

(c) Salena Godden




'Can't Be Bovvered' by Salena Godden

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AENTcLH1q7A

Live performance for The Cosmic Trigger Cabaret at Festival 23

Filmed with thanks to Adam Baker - July 23rd 2016

Published in 'Fishing In The Aftermath Poems 1994-2014' by Burning Eye Books

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GIGS, FESTIVALS AND PARTIES




August 25th:  Verse Clique, The Poetry Club, Glasgow

August 26th: Neu Reekie, Edinburgh International Book Festival

September 2-4th: Churchtown, Cornwall

September 16th: The Beacon, Hastings

September 30th: Wordlife launch, Rich Mix, London

October 7th: Cheltenham Literary Festival

October 12-15: Durham Literary Festival

October 19th: Manchester Literary Festival


October 21st: ArchWay With Words Festival supporting Suzi Quatro







Thursday, 21 July 2016

NEW TODAY: Salena's Bookshoppe & Summer 2016 gigs, parties and festivals





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GIGS, FESTIVALS AND PARTIES

June 29th: Soapbox Poetry, The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

July 9th: 'Stand Up And Spit' The Roundhouse, Camden, London


July 15th: BookSlam with PJ Harvey and Tracy Thorn


July 23rd: Festival 23  

July 28th: Sophie Cameron's 'Red Raw' Resistance Gallery, London

August 1st: 'The Good Immigrant' at The Roundhouse, Camden

August 4th: William Morris Gallery, London


August19th: Greenwich Festival 


August 25th: The Poetry Club, Glasgow

August 26th: Neu Reekie, Edinburgh International Book Festival

September 2-4th: Churchtown, Cornwall

September 16th: The Beacon, Hastings

September 30th: Wordlife launch, Rich Mix, London

October 7th: Cheltenham Literary Festival

October 12-15: Durham Literary Festival

October 19th: Manchester Literary Festival


October 21st: ArchWay With Words Festival supporting Suzi Quatro
















Thursday, 7 July 2016

Poem / 'I Know A Lot Of Dead People Now' now on youtube



New today: 

'I Know A Lot Of Dead People Now' from Salena Godden's solo Soho show. 
Filmed at Salon Noire, June 2016, L'Escargot, Soho, London.
10 minute clip from a 90 minute show, this is work in progress. 

This was a super special night, we sold out of tickets and ran out of seats. If you missed out but want to come and see me, we'll be doing another Salon Noire Soho show soon!

youtube link: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ80Q-ItGSA&feature=youtu.be



GIGS, FESTIVALS AND PARTIES:

June 29th: Soapbox Poetry, The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

July 9th: 'Stand Up And Spit' The Roundhouse, Camden, London


July 15th: BookSlam with PJ Harvey and Tracy Thorn


July 23rd: Festival 23  

August 1st: 'The Good Immigrant' at The Roundhouse, Camden

August 4th: William Morris Gallery, London


August 18th: Neu Reekie, Edinburgh International Book Festival


September 2-4th: Churchtown, Cornwall

October 7th: Cheltenham Literary Festival

October 12-15: Durham Literary Festival

October 19th: Manchester Literary Festival


October 21st: ArchWay With Words Festival supporting Suzi Quatro






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Friday, 1 July 2016

poem / Somme 100





Siegfried Sassoon




Somme 100


How many poor soldiers died at the Somme?
How many were immigrants? Where were they from?
And how many soldiers have died since then?
One hundred years of war and men

Never learning, we vote, and listen to
Plump politicians like magicians who
Will empty your coffers and fill your news
With causes to fill soldiers shoes

We're tired of bombs and pomp and glory
War is futile and war is gory
Westminster cunts in suits and ties
Killing people and telling lies

Siegfried Sassoon haunts me here
We must fight for love and fight the fear
He wishes we'd make some peace and good
And unity in our neighbourhood

How many poor poets died at the Somme?
How many were immigrants? Where were they from?
And how many soldiers have died since then?
One hundred years of war and men.

One hundred years of men, and war, again.




(c) Salena Godden. July 1st 2016



rare image of a black "Tommy" from WW1



GIGS, FESTIVALS AND PARTIES:

June 29th: Soapbox Poetry, The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

July 9th: 'Stand Up And Spit' The Roundhouse, Camden, London


July 15th: BookSlam with PJ Harvey and Tracy Thorn


July 23rd: Festival 23  

August 1st: 'The Good Immigrant' at The Roundhouse, Camden

August 4th: William Morris Gallery, London


August 18th: Neu Reekie, Edinburgh International Book Festival


September 2-4th: Churchtown, Cornwall

October 7th: Cheltenham Literary Festival

October 12-15: Durham Literary Festival

October 19th: Manchester Literary Festival


October 21st: ArchWay With Words Festival supporting Suzi Quatro










Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Poem / Titanic





Titanic

I used to love the film Titanic
The last 45 minutes or so
After the sex scene in the car
When the sea water starts to flow

The sinking ship
All slopping and swaying
The band how they
Bravely keep on playing

A man dressing up
As a girly waif
To hide in a boat
And get himself safe

The human catastrophe
The chaos, panic and drama
I used to love that film,
Titanic, the melodrama

But now it just looks
Like the Channel 4 news
People grabbing for life jackets
No coats and no shoes

Now I'm just reminded
Of the plight of refugees
All the immigrants 
Drowning in the open seas

People hungry and cold
In overcrowded boats
Crying for help
With salt burned throats

There's a Syrian Leo
And Kate the Kurd
I used to like Titanic
But now it seems absurd

And My love will go on
Is such a terrible song
I used to like Titanic
But no, never, Celine Dion.



(c) Salena Godden / 2016










Hello, how are you?

Thank you to all who made it to L'Escargot last Wednesday. My special Soho solo show was a sell out. I performed for almost two hours, reading work in progress, new poems, new excerpts from my new projects and then old festival favourites. Thank you to The Bundy Brothers for supporting and warming up the room. Thank you to Stephen Colegrave for talking me into doing such a thing. The room was packed and the cocktails flowed. I read this poem TITANIC and it went down well (haha! splash!) and so I thought I would share it here on my blog today.

Tomorrow we all must use our VOTE. 
We must speak up for unity and equality and make a stand. I feel that in these times of uncertainty that anything that promotes building walls and borders and making people more separate and alienated is unhealthy. Now more than ever we are stronger together, united, so I will be voting for us to stay IN the EU.   

Last night Nikesh Shukla started the hashtag #proudtobeachildofanimmigrant trending on twitter. I am a child of immigrants and I am proud of that. I am proud of our mixed and colourful country. Go on twitter and read the #proudtobeachildofanimmigrant tweets, they are so positive among all the racist bitterness and fear mongering rhetoric around the EU debate.

I'm going to Amsterdam tomorrow to perform at Bimhuis for Spoken Beat Night, a night of poetry and jazz improvisation and I will be spending my birthday weekend in Holland. Earlier this month I was in Berlin working on the 'Cahier Africain' documentary, a feature film documentary about war crimes in Central Africa Republic, produced by award winning German director Heidi Specogna. The film will be released later this year, here is the vimeo trailer: https://vimeo.com/130997211  

Truth is, I fear that if we left the EU, working in other European cities and moving and performing freely will become a thing of the past. Doing poetry, gigs and writing jobs in Europe will be a massive ball-ache of paperwork and bureaucracy, so there's another fine reason I think we should REMAIN. 

In other news, this month, my short story 'Blue Cornflowers' was shortlisted for the #B4ME 4thEstate and Guardian prize, the winner will be announced on the 27th June. It will be wonderful to have this story published, the content and theme of this work is important to me,  you'll have to wait until the 27th to read it, but it is brilliant to see it included on this shortlist. Thank you! 

I have loads of gorgeous events and festivals coming up this summer. Please scroll down for the list, I hope to see you in a field sitting on a hay bale sharing some cider with me sometime and soon, 

Keep Fighting The Good Fight

With love, Salena xx 



     






gigs, parties, festivals, coming up...



June 23rd: Spoken Beat Night, Bimhuis, Amsterdam

June 29th: Soapbox Poetry, The John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

July 9th: The Roundhouse, Camden, London



July 23rd: Festival 23  

August 4th: William Morris Gallery, London


August 18th: Neu Reekie, Edinburgh International Book Festival


September 2-4th: Churchtown, Cornwall

October tbc: Cheltenham Literary Festival

October 12-15: Durham Literary Festival

October 19th: Manchester Literary Festival










BRAKES Premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival Friday June 17th

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/164458037




NewBookNews, Summer 2016
Three exciting and diverse new anthologies!