Salena Godden


SoapBox presents Salena Godden, who is one of Britain’s foremost spoken word artists and poets. A regular performer at literary festivals in a career that is now entering its third decade, Salena tops the bill at literary events both nationally and internationally. She’s appeared as a guest and writer for many BBC Radio programmes including The Verb, Saturday Live, Loose Ends and Fact To Fiction and she has written and presented several arts documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4.

2016 sees the release of ‘Cahier Africain’ a feature documentary about war crimes in Central Africa Republic narrated by Salena Godden and produced by award winning German director Heidi Specogna. And in other film news, Salena Godden plays a part in ‘Brakes’ which premiers at Edinburgh Film Festival, June 2016, and has been nominated for numerous awards. Brakes is a UK debut comedy, directed and written by Mercedes Grower, it stars huge names of comedy including highly acclaimed Noel Feilding and Julian Barratt and many others.

Burning Eye Books published her first full collection ‘Fishing In The Aftermath: Poems 1994 – 2014’ marking twenty years of poetry and performance, with the majority of the work included previously unpublished in book form. Her literary childhood memoir ‘Springfield Road’ was successfully crowd funded and published with Unbound Books in 2014. Salena Godden’s fiction ‘Blue Cornflowers’ has just been shortlisted for the BAME 4th Estate and Guardian short story prize.

Widely recognised as a trailblazer for fellow performers, Salena has also dedicated herself to mentoring newcomers to the scene. Her voice is distinctive and unique, her performances are electrifying, hilarious, intensely powerful and full of warmth.

‘Everything The Daily Mail is afraid of’ – Kerrang

‘The doyenne of the spoken word scene’ – Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3 ‘The Verb’

Also joining her will be: poetry from Tom the Zengineer (aka rapper Two-Can), Tess Gardener (aka Wingless Heron) and a musical performance from Bessie Turner.

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Salena Godden will be at the John Peel Centre tomorrow, on Wednesday 29th June.

Doors: 7.30pm, starts at 8.00pm (Salena is on at 9.45pm).

Tickets: £6 adv, £4 concessions & £8 on the door. (Seated event).

All ages welcome, though an adult content warning of 14+ recommended.

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SoapBox curates inspiring, intelligent and entertaining nights out for the soul. We book a nationally renowned spoken word poet as the headliner, two emerging poets from East Anglia and one musician with strong literary links at every event. We really love words and our monthly gigs at the John Peel Centre celebrate this. So far we have welcomed Hollie McNish, Harry Baker and now Salena Godden (June). We will take summer off for the Festival season (see you on the SoapBox stage at FolkEast 2016) and be back on Wednesday 28th September with Jess Green, with our competition winner Keith Sadler doing his first official spoken word set.






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