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Event: JJ Bola and Salena Godden
January 24 @ 19:00 - 21:00£5
We are very excited to welcome JJ Bola and Salena Godden to the shop to read from and discuss their recent poetry collections.
Refuge by JJ Bola
JJ Bola is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) where he fled, with his parents, at the age of six, to London. Today, Bola is a celebrated writer, poet, educator, and human rights activist. His new collection, REFUGE, brings together three earlier collections of his poetry — ELEVATE (2012), DAUGHTER OF THE SUN (2014), and WORD (2015) — into one definitive collection. He published his debut novel, NO PLACE TO CALL HOME, in 2017, was one of Spread the Word's Flight Associates 2017, and was a Kit de Waal Scholar for the Birkbeck, University MA in Creative Writing.
Pessimism is for Lightweights by Salena Godden
Salena Godden is one of Britain’s foremost poets whose electrifying live performances have earned her a devoted following. Her latest poetry collection, PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS, was published by Rough Trade Books in July 2018 in the first Rough Trade Editions series. The poem ‘Pessimism is for Lightweights’ is currently a pubic poetry art piece and is on display outside the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. Pessimism is for Lightweights has been included in the Rough Trade Top Ten Books list for 2018. Her earlier books include the poetry collections UNDER THE PIER (Nasty Little Press) AND FISHING IN THE AFTERMATH: POEMS 1994-2014 (Burning Eye), and the literary childhood memoir SPRINGFIELD ROAD (Unbound), and her essay ‘Shade’ was published in the ground breaking essay anthology THE GOOD IMMIGRANT (Unbound). Her live poetry album LIVEwire was released with indie spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award.