Springfield Road

By Salena Godden

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

Friday, 21 November 2014

Today #womeninprint Twitter Q&A and more...

Hello my Unbound Comrades,

For those of you on Twitter @unbounders are live tweeting with Unbound authors @salenagodden @RoseBretecher @liz_friend 1pm GMT today!

Come and join in the conversation and tweet your questions on #writing  #publishing #womeninprint #readwomen2014 #crowdfunding and all the fun of the fair ... today at lunchtime!

Please scroll down to check out my dates and some great gigs and events coming up.


The Book Club Boutique is back at Vout-o-Reenees hosting a superstar line up of brilliant readings from some of my favourite female writers, the girls that are making my book worms jump in 2014, including the brilliance of Heidi James, Rose Bretecher and Michelle Thomas.  Follow @BookCBoutique tweets and facebook for more info!

See you here and there and over on twitter for a luchtime natter,

Keep fighting the good fight!

Salena Godden

Dates for the diary:
November 22/23rd: Cosmic Trigger with Daisy Campbell, Liverpool

December 2nd: Hammer and Tongue, Hackney with Buddy Wakefield

December 3rd: THE BOOK CLUB BOUTIQUE / Vout-O-Reenees

December 9th: The Pigeonhole Launch Party / Zetter Hotel, Clerkenwell

December 10th: Burn After Reading / Seven Dials, Covent Garden  

December 11th: Unbound at Waterstones /  details tbc..

December 15th: 451, Apples and Snakes / Nuffield Studio, Southampton


Latest press and reviews:

The Literateur:  "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…" Debjani Biswas-Hawkes read more here

Something Rhymed: We asked authors Maggie Gee and Salena Godden to tell us about their similarities and differences, and the role in their friendship of the written word. read more here

Loud and Quiet Magazine: "Salena Godden follows up her recent poetry anthology with a lyrical and witty memoir painting a portrait of the artist as a young girl. Springfield Road tells the wide-eyed tale of Godden’s childhood as the daughter of a jazz musician and a go-go dancer set against the lovingly rendered backdrop of 1970s Hastings.  Springfield Road’s prose wavers effortlessly throughout, from tender poignancy to raw, gritty realism and this lovely book serves to remind us that however much the world has changed in the last forty years, in many ways it is still exactly the same." Lee Bullman

Write Out Loud: "Salena Godden is an absolute master of knowing your assumptions, playing to them, and then flipping them completely." Laura Taylor read more here

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

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