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Salena Godden

A Full Moon Election

, 11 December 2019
Poet Salena Godden with a personal reflection ahead of tomorrow's General Election.

Pessimism is for Lightweights: Episode 10 – No Room for Fear

, 8 August 2019
Poet Salena Godden reflects on the life and passing of the inspirational Toni Morrison.


, 18 July 2019
Salena Godden's dystopia is set in a flooded part of Britain in her latest Pessimism Is For Lightweights

DIY Punk Spirit - how Poetry is Thriving while Politics is in Chaos

, 5 July 2019
Ahead of their appearance at the Byline Festival, Salena Godden introduces an interview with the poet Matt Abbott about the Nymphs & Thugs poetry record label and his co-hosting of LIVEwire.

Love Island and Number Ten - a Beauty Contest for Toxic Masculinity

, 1 July 2019
Salena Godden writes the sixth episode of Pessimism for Lightweights on Bravery in Peckham, Dystopia on Love Island and Comfort in Books

Midsummers Dreams of Flying: Courage is a Muscle

, 21 June 2019
Salena Godden on how our ancient dreams of the impossible became today's realities and prove that 'Pessimism is for Leightweights'

Watching the Apocalypse? Turn off the TV and Find a Better Ending

, 17 June 2019
Salena Godden's fourth episode of 'Pessimism is for Lightweights' warns of the dangers of too much bad news and the need for hope.

Armour, Kimonos and a Moment of Peace - a Testing Week for Salena

, 8 June 2019
Salena Godden writes her third episode of 'Pessimism is for Lightweights' about a testing week that had a precious moment of solidarity

Pessimism is for Lightweights: Teenage Dreams in Tumultuous Times

, 24 May 2019
On the road with her LiveWire poets, Salena Godden finds hope in youth and poetry's ability to help us mourn our passing world.

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