"I believe every book should lead you to another book, every author to the author they read. Reading is the gateway drug to writing. Influenced by friends like John Cooper Clarke, Jock Scot, Tim Wells and the spirit of Bukowski I discovered Black Sparrow Press and City Lights, John Fante, Richard Brautigan and William Burroughs and more. I spent a lot of time in the public library to nourish my appetite for reading but it was shelter and the warmest place in winter. It was also the cheapest place to photocopy poems to post to zines. It looked like one long party, but there was some method in the madness, a drive and discipline that shone through the beautiful chaos." Salena Godden
Read more / ‘Waiting For Godden’ / www.salenagodden.com
Charles Bukowski died 20 years ago today, March 9th 1994
"We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for woman’s votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group they’re rather stupid!
Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters’ daughters will adore us
And they’ll sign in grateful chorus
“Well done, Sister Suffragette!”
Happy International Women’s Day!
Sending lotsoflove to all for Mothering Sunday!
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Have to Reblog this it’s my favourite! Happy international women’s day!
"What do you think of the enclosed, my first (BBC) contract. One whole guinea, hang on to it, we’ll frame it one day!"
excerpt from a letter from my dad Paul Godden to his mother
Question: I feel like J.R Hartley asking this, but does anyone out there (BBC archivists maybe…) have a copy of this BBC recording? Recorded September 1967 - Please drop us a line, thank you.
Just putting this out there again…
Salena Godden portrait, oil on canvas, by Kelly-Anne Davitt
How to turn your lap top into a typewriter:
1. unplug internet
2. open window
3. let light in
On Sunday I’m at Ronnie Scott’s with the ever so brilliant Dorothea Smartt and Courttia Newland and Jumoke Fashola at The Jazz Verse Jukebox… Really looking forward to this one!
Elizabeth Taylor born this day, February 27th