Springfield Road

By Salena Godden

A poetic, funny and touching memoir of childhood in the 1970s

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Merry Christmas and Thank You to all

Seasons Greetings to all my Unbound Comrades and book loving friends -

It was exactly 365 days ago when we reached 100% and this past year has been the best and busiest time of life ever. Thanks to all of you, thanks for your continued support and thank you for helping to spread the word about Springfield Road. Your responses have been brilliant.  T H A N K  Y O U!

I have just a few links and tit bits to share with you before I go on holidays and into annual writerly hibernation:

I wrote a short piece about the Women In Print campaign, my crowd funding experience, early influences and publishing adventures, it was published in For Books Sake and you can find it online Here.

Last week I was very excited to be invited by ARUN RATH to read from Springfield Road for NPR in the USA on the ALL THINGS CONSIDERED programme. I think it will be broadcast on December 27th 5:40pm ET/PT (america o'clock) here's the website link Here. You'll be able to find it online or live on your radio if you are stateside. I've been dreaming up a plan to go to America next year to do some shows, maybe some festivals, watch this space for dates and news...


There are now signed books available at Waterstones, we had very funny event at their Christmas Extravagnaza on Gower Street last week. Here is a picture of us authors signing books. Pictured above is my Unbound comrade Julie Burchill, M.R.C Kasasian, Samantha Shannon, Ester Freud and myself. I also want to mention and thank the brilliant small independent bookshops like Books Iconica in Camden, The Big Green Bookshop and St Leonards Central in Hastings for stocking both of my new books this year. Thank you. The new poetry collection 'Fishing In the Aftermath Poems 1994-2014' has been selling like hot cakes at gigs, but you can grab yours from bookshops and directly from Burning Eye Books online Here. Last but not least my erotic short story 'Dirty Pigeons' was published last week as part of The Pigeonhole Sexstaves series, it is VERY rude and sizzling away for 50p-a-read Here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this missive.

I'm raising a glass and wishing you all the best for 2015,

Have a very very merry Christmas holidays,

Keep lighting the good light,

Its a wonderful life!

Salena Godden xx


Radio Highlights 2014:

BBC R4:  'Loose Ends' Clive Anderson, Benjamin Zephania, Salena Godden and more...  Here

BBC R3: 'The Verb' Ian McMilan, Viv Albertine, Hollie McNish and Salena Godden: Here

BBC Scotland: Salena Godden in conversation with Janice Forsyth in 'The Culture Studio': Here

BBC R4: 'The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks' itunes podcast is now available:  Here



"Ideally these two books should be read together.” Sophie Parkin reviews "The two sides of Salena."  

"Salena can write you into a child’s heart and out of the mouth of a teenager’s inquisitive nature. She can wring the tears from jaded cynics and make you understand the unique and endless joy of roller-skates and bicycles as a pathway to freedom." 3AM Magazine: Sophie Parkin Read more here

"Throughout, Godden writes about a past that is at once deeply personal yet also belongs to the everyman figure; her descriptions of childhood are simultaneously timeless and yet rooted in a particular period of British history…" The Literateur: Debjani Biswas-Hawkes  Read more here

"Her writing is urgent and detailed, colourful and clamorous. Like all love stories, her memoir is intense, intimate..." The Times: Iain Finlayson

You'll find more links and press at WAITING FOR GODDEN www.salenagodden.com

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