Event: JJ Bola and Salena Godden
January 24, 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00£5
We're very excited to welcome JJ Bola and Salena Godden to the shop to read from their recent poetry collections, Refuge (Own It!, 2018) and Pessimism is for Lightweights (Rough Trade Books, 2018).
Refuge by JJ Bola
JJ Bola has published three collections of poetry; Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014) and WORD (2015). Refuge brings together, for the first time, all of JJ Bola’s poetry in one definitive collection.
JJ Bola is a celebrated writer and poet whose debut novel, No Place to Call Home, was first published in the UK in 2017. He was one of Spread the Word's Flight Associates 2017, and a Kit de Waal Scholar for the Birkbeck, University MA in Creative Writing.
Pessimism is for Lightweights by Salena Godden
A collection of 13 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. This work reminds us that Courage is a Muscle, it also contains a letter from the spirit of Hope herself, because as the title suggests, Pessimism is for Lightweights.
Salena Godden is one of the UK’s foremost poets, regularly anthologised and headlining festivals nationally and internationally. A BBC regular, Salena Godden has written and presented several arts and music programmes – a film of her poem 'Titanic' was aired as part of BBC poetry programme We Belong Here. A short-fiction 'Blue Cornflowers' was shortlisted for the Guardian Short Story Prize 2016. Her essay 'Shade' was published in 2016’s literary sensation The Good Immigrant, which won the Reader’s Choice Book Of The Year Award.