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Pessimism is for Lightweights

Salena Godden

Saturday 14 October 2023, 19:00 at University Drama Studio


A collection of 30 pieces of courage and resistance, this is work inspired by protests and rallies.  Poems written for the women’s march, for women’s empowerment and amplification, poems that salute people fighting for justice, poems on sexism and racism, class discrimination, period poverty and homelessness, immigration and identity.  Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost spoken word artists and poets.  Her collections include Under The Pier, Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014

Salena Godden FRSL is an award-winning author, poet and broadcaster of Jamaican-mixed heritage. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death won the Indie Book Award for Fiction and the People’s Book Prize and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards and the Gordon Burn Prize. Her work has been widely anthologised and broadcast on radio, TV and film.  Her poem Pessimism is for Lightweights is on permanent display at The Peoples History Museum, Manchester. 

Support from Jamaican-British poet and Sheffield Poet Laureate, Danae Wellington

Salena Godden

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