Monday, 26 January 2015

'Springfield Road' chosen for the #fbsbookclub



The woods, Arvon, Lumb Bank


Hello and happy new year to you all...
I hope you have been toasty and warm, enjoying the snow, staying by the fire, reading books and sipping delicious dark red wine. I hope that you aren't making yourself miserable shivering with wet hair in a gym changing room or starving yourself to death on a juice cleanse. January is long and dark and bleak. I hope you spend many hours in fluffy socks, reading, writing, watching the snow fall, sleeping and dreaming of all the marvellous things you'll do in springtime. Wait for the first daffodils, wait for the first snow melt, read John Fante, Wait for spring, Bandini.

Springfield Road has been chosen for the For Books Sake Online Book Club. There will be a live twitter discussion and Q&A on Wednesday January 28th 7pm. Please join us and follow +For Books' Sake using the tag #fbsbookclub

It is January and my year started with a trip up north to Yorkshire, up to the poetry prison of Arvon, Lumb Bank. I did my time, spent a week banged up, writing poems with my inmates, a class of brilliant thirteen and fourteen year old boys.  It snowed heavily and so the boys enjoyed rambling walks in thick snowy woods and sledging. In the end we came out of that confinement with lots of stories and poems themed around snow and home - seriously, what lovely laughs and what a brilliant and creative week to start the new 2015. 


I'm home and here by the fire writing this, making shapes and faces in the firelight and flames and sipping red wine. I have been dreaming of heat, of the open road, cut off denim shorts, bourbon and shooting pool in sleazy bars, maple syrup and pancakes in road side diners, and planning a road trip across America later this year - I hope to be reading at some US Book Festivals around Autumn time. I'll let you know dates and states when shows are confirmed. I have been looking at maps and plotting routes and adventures...
For now though I'm in my cave and hibernating. I have a stack of books to read, deadlines to meet and new words to write whilst my dreams are wild and vivid and real. I hope you are dreaming well too. Stay home, stay warm, stay toasted, my comrades. Thank you for subscribing to 'Waiting For Godden' and see you all for real in springtime.  

Scroll down for links to gigs and audio...



the early morning, Arvon, Lumb Bank





Some gigs and links for long winter nights:

Feb 8th:  Jazz Verse Jukebox / Ronnie Scott's, Soho London

Feb 29th: Rally and Broad / Edinburgh 


March 9th: 3 memoirs / Grant, Godden & Gbadamosi / Kings Place, London
 


BBC R4:  'Loose Ends' feat. Salena Godden is available Here

BBC R3: 'The Verb' Viv Albertine and Salena Godden on Mixcloud

BBC Scotland: Janice Forsyth 'The Culture Studio' Here

BBC R4: 'The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks' itunes podcast Here 


 










both books out now!





Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Audio: Arun Rath interviews Salena Godden 'All Things Considered' on NPR





Growing up in 1970s England, Salena Godden stood out. Her mother was Jamaican and her father was an Irish jazz musician who mysteriously disappeared from her life when she was very young.

In her memoir, Springfield Road, the writer, poet and musician tells the story of finding her personal identity, beginning with the word she made up to describe her race: Jamish.

"It's kind of ... a mix of being Jamaican, Irish, English," she tells NPR's Arun Rath. "It's the name I gave myself."



Springfield Road is published by Unbound Books


Monday, 22 December 2014