“Funny business a woman’s career, so many things you drop on your way up the ladder just so you can move faster, you forget you may need them again, when you get back to being a woman. One career all women have in common, whether they like it or not, being a woman, sooner or later, we have to work at it, no matter how many other careers we’ve wanted.”
Bette Davies - All About Eve
"Anyone who has ever felt frustrated that literature does not speak to them, or that politicians do not represent them, or that to have a relationship with another human being is incredible, cannot help but have their spirits lifted by this collection. It is joyous to read, at times angry, at times tender, always driven by the most compelling of personalities. And for anyone aspiring as a writer, may Godden’s sign-off in ‘A Letter to a Young Poet’ ring true – “keep the ink wet and keep it burning.” OPUS INDEPENDENTS
Love this! Lemn Sissay at Latitude Festival 2014
Lovely piece about 'Fishing In The Aftermath'
Thank you so much Kirsty Allison
'I learn to tell the difference between war planes and rolling thunder'
'Fishing In The Aftermath' by Salena Godden published in July 2014 by Burning Eye Books,
Wow! What a party! Thank you to Vout-O-Reenee’s, to beautiful Sophie Parkin and Carson Parkin-fairley! Thank you to Michelle Madsen for amazing hosting skills and a hilarious version of my ‘letter to an air stewardess’ Thank you Robert Auton for making me cry and Daniel Cockrill, I like your reading of ‘A Strong And Stiffly Worded Letter’ it is better than I could ever read it! Thank you all of you! Thank you to Joelle Taylor who licked it like she liked it, Claire K Nicolson Betty Booped it, Roddy McDevitt was Rik Mayall and Xavier Leret found my father and Karen Hayley was picking the wings off butterflies and Rachel Rose Reid did unspeakable things to love and Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams took us to Vegas. It was a magic magic night! Thank you to Kevin Richards for the tunes too! Wow! And the lovely Iona Lee for selling dozens and dozens of books! And then the special surprise guest of honour Jock Scot… I am so grateful and humbled and utterly blown away….Thank you to my family and my mums and Richard Cripps and thank you to my sister Jo-Ann ‘WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!’ xxx
Hello to all Unbound comrades, I hope you have been having a wonderful summertime, fish are jumping and the cotton is high… I’d like to invite all my Unbound friends to my Book Club Boutique party tomorrow evening. The BCB launches ‘Fishing In The Aftermath Poems 1994-2014’ published this month with Burning Eye Books. Featuring over 80 poems to celebrate 20 years of performance and poetry rock and roll. The party will be held at Sophie Parkin’s stylish Vout O Reenee’s drinking club in Whitechapel.
Address: Vout O Reenees. the Crypt of 30 Prescot St, London, E1 8BB
Tomorrow, Wednesday July 16th, from 6.30pm ‘til midnight!
A Strong And Stiffly Worded Letter Should Do The Trick
Dear war makers and war takers
Twitchy button pushers and mushroom cloud worshippers
Bomb botherers and gun polishers
Chemical weapon wielders and coup-cooers
Battle cry criers and army gatherers