Springfield Road

By Salena Godden

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

Friday, 17 January 2014

Thanks to you Springfield Road is 101% funded!

Hello to all subscribers and pledgers and crowdfunders and unbounders

Thanks to you 'Springfield Road' is now 101% funded!

I cannot even begin to tell you how delighted and appreciative I am for all your help and support both online and on the road...


I start 2014 with a spring in my step as my book is sent to the tailors to be fitted with its shiny jacket...

More news on its wicked launch and release news to come in the next bulletin...

This week there was a 'Springfield Road' feature in Writer's Hub, when you have time please read it here: http://www.writershub.co.uk/features-piece.php?pc=2303

Gig news:

Next week I'm speaking at an event, a debate jointly hosted by The Royal Society of Literature and First Story


Silver spoons: can you write without one? Jonathan Dimbleby will be chairing an exciting panel discussion asking whether the literary world is becoming increasingly closed. The event is hosted by The Royal Society of Literature and First Story, a trail-blazing charity that is enabling young people to write. First Story places writers-in-residence in secondary schools to nurture creative writing and talent in young people.  

The panel will include - Home Secretary under Gordon Brown, Labour MP Alan Johnson, who recently published a memoir of his humble start in life, This Boy, describing a childhood of poverty in 1950s London. Also on the panel, author Stephen Kelman, whose book ‘Pigeon English’ drew from memories of his youth on a Luton council estate, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker. Kate Fox, a Northern stand-up poet, writer and Radio 4 regular and First Story Writer-in-Residence at Feversham College, Bradford. And me, Salena Godden, poet, BBC radio presenter and author of ‘Springfield Road’ a childhood memoir, set on the breadline of Thatcher’s Britain, and First Story Writer-in-Residence at Highbury Grove School, London.

7pm. Thursday 23rd at The Folio Room, Radisson Hotel, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QD

It's gonna be a corker so get yourself a ticket here and read all about the fantastic work First Story do here

I was asked to write an article for the Evening Standard about this debate and here's a sneak peek excerpt of that:

"‘Silver Spoons: Can we write without one?” With an opening gambit like that I am preparing myself for quite a lively debate. Literature and money are not the coziest of bedfellows and there is nothing like Wealth V’s Class V’s Talent V’s Elitism to excite a delicious devisive discourse. To begin with it’ll be interesting to see how everybody defines the ‘Silver Spoon’ - My understanding that if a person is born with a silver spoon in their mouth they have been born into wealth and advantage. The snide connotation being that they don’t appreciate it or understand their position of privilege, because they haven’t earned it or worked hard for it. The fact remains, wherever you come from, mansion or housing estate, writing comes from passion and writing is bloody hard work. To have an idea for a book is easy, but to sit down and write a good book, not so easy. To persevere, to see it finished and published even harder still, and for that book to be a success and make any money is possibly the hardest thing of all...." Read full article next week....

Wishing you all the best for the year of the horse that is the stallion we'll be calling 2014. Thank you again for all your generosity, please don't forget to tell your friends to order their own copies now. I cannot wait for the launch party to see your faces and raise a glass...or ten. Have a great weekend! I'm impatient as ever and already looking out for crocus and daffodils, wait until spring, Bandini, spring...wait until spring...

I put some wicked new audio clips on my mixcloud here and my new years blog is here

love Fante, love Faye, I'll leave you with this, a photo from 'Wait until spring Bandini'



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If you like you can now read this full article via www.salenagodden.com

posted 23rd January 2014

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