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Salena Godden is a British poet, performer and author living in London. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Dazed & Confused, Salzburg Review, Le Gun, Penguin's IC3, Canongate's Fire People, Serpent's Tail's Croatian Nights and Hodder & Stoughton's Oral. Godden records and performs in the ska-punk-breakbeat duo SaltPeter, with Peter Coyte. SaltPeter's album, Hunger's The Best Sauce was listed in The Independent on Sunday as one of the outstanding albums of 2007.
Under The Pier poetry pamphlet was published by Nasty Little Press in 2011. Her work has appeared in Shortfire Press, The Dark Times, Illustrated Ape Magazine, Trespass Magazine, Paraphilia, Rising, Teller Magazine, The Mechanics' Institute Review published by Birkbeck University and Picador's Punk Fiction. Her poetry featured in the three latest anthologies from Tangerine Press entitled Dwang, hand-bound bespoke collections.
Godden hosts and produces The Book Club Boutique. She has featured regularly on BBC's The Verb and Bespoken Word and on Radio 4's Saturday Live. In summer 2011 her narrative play A Valentine at Waterloo was aired and podcast as part of the BBC's Verse Illustrated series, and in the autumn she participated in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty-Six, for which she wrote a piece based on a chapter of the King James Bible.
Fishing in The Aftermath / Poems 1994 - 2014 a collection of more than eighty poems was published in July 2014 with Burning Eye Books. 'Springfield Road' is her literary memoir and it was successfully crowd funded and published by Unbound on 1 October 2014. Springfield Road is set in Hastings.
She wrote and presented BBC radio documentary Try A Little Tenderness – The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks originally aired throughout May 2014 on BBC Radio 4 and then broadcast on the BBC World Service in September 2014.
Television and radio
2014: BBC Radio 4, Loose Ends
2014: BBC Radio 4. The N Word documentary
2014: BBC Radio 3, The Verb
2014: BBC Radio 4 Try A Little Tenderness: The Lost Legacy Of Little Miss Cornshucks
2013: BBC Radio 4, From Fact to Fiction
2013: BBC World Service, The Click
2012: BBC Radio 4, "Stir it up: 50 Years of writing Jamaica"
2011: BBC Radio 4, Verse Illustrated
2011: BBC Radio 3, The Verb
2010–present BBC Radio 4, Saturday Live
2010: Bespoken Word
2009 Resonance Radio, Black Is…
2006: BBC Radio 3, The Verb
2006: BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour
2005: BBC Radio 3, The Verb
2005: BBC Radio 4, Bespoken Word/2nd series
2004: Channel 4, Seaside on the Rocks Documentary
2001–05: Resonance FM, The Saltpetre Radio Show
2003: BBC Radio 4/Sony nominated Bespoken Word
2003: BBC Radio 4/Poetry Please commission
2003: Channel 4, Heavy TV – 8-week chat-show
2002/03: BBC LDN, Word For Word Show
2001/02: BBC London Live, Solid Steel – regular Saltpetre
2000: SBN, Craig Pilling Show – regular Saltpetre
2000: Channel 4, SLAM/ Snooker poetry short film
1998/99: GLR, Andrea Oliver Show – 12-week series
Selected publishing: magazines and anthologies
2014: Springfield Road / Unbound Books
2014: Fishing In The Aftermath Poems 1994-2014 / Burning Eye Books
2014: "First Kiss" The Illustrated Ape / Ape Magazine
2013: selected poetry, Bang Said The Gun / Burning Eye Books
2013: selected poetry / prose "The Bierut Of a Hastings Saturday Night", Connecting Nothing With Something - Coastal Anthology / Influx Press
2012: "I Want Love" & "Viva Las Vegas" / Liminal Animal / Tongue Fu Anthology / Tongue fu
2012: "Milord" / "Too Much Too Young", Bookslam Anthology / Bookslam
2011: selected poems / Raconteur / America Issue / Parthian Books
2011: Under The Pier (collected poems), Nasty Little Press, ISBN 978-0-9563767-4-9
2010: "Harpers Daydreams", MIR Review, Issue 7, Birkbeck University, ISBN 978-0-9547933-7-1
2009: "Ever Fallen In Love", Punk Fiction, Portico, ISBN 978-1-906032-66-1
2009 – present: "6AM & Hastings & Snow From Beneath" (excerpt: Laugh, Kookaburra Laugh), Dwang, Tangerine Press, ISBN 978-0-9553402-3-9
2006: "The Last Big Drinky", The Decadent Handbook, Dedalus Books, ISBN 1-903517-30-3
2005: "A Piece Of The Moon", Croatian Nights, Serpent's Tail, ISBN 978-1-85242-860-0
2004: Katoushka, Tell Tales, ISBN 0-9547761-0-0
2001: "Flies That Whore in Kitchens", Vox n Roll, Serpent's Tail, ISBN 1-85242-624-1
2000: "Clipped And Caged", IC3 – New Black Writing, Penguin, ISBN 0-241-14074-9
1999: "To The Man with the Hair & TV Ladies", Oral / Hodder & Sceptre, ISBN 0-340-75051-0
1999: "Stubble", Girlboy / Pulp Faction, ISBN 1-899571-07-8
1998: "Dutch Courage & Blue Cheese, Raw Fish, Olives", The Fire People, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-739-2
1996 – present: various short fiction / poetry, Rising Magazine, ed. Tim Wells
2007: Salena Godden/ Promise Of Gold TwoFive, Apples & Snakes
2007: SaltPeter/ Hunger’s The Best Sauce album, FRED Records
2007: SaltPeter/ I’m Not Gay But… EP, FRED Records
2006 SaltPeter/ Everybody Back To Mine EP, FRED Records
2006: Coldcut/ DVD, Ninja Tune Records
2005: SaltPeter/ SaltPervert EP, Saltpetre Records
2005: Alabama 3 feat Salena Saliva/Boots, One Little Indian
2004: Going Down Swinging/ compilation/Australia, GDS
2003: SaltPervert/5AM/single re-mix, OXYD Records.
2003: Gargoyle Spoken Word CD/ compilation/USA, Gargoyle
2003: Perfecto Presents…Seb Fontaine/ compilation, Perfecto
2003: Flat Pack Antenna/ Resonance FM compilation, Resonance FM
2000: SS&PC/ Egg Yolk Planet Fried debut album, Saltpetre Records
1999: Saltpetre CD/Volume One, Saltpetre Records
1999: Coldcut/Let Us Replay/ Virginia Epitome, Ninja Tune Records (credited as Salena Saliva)
1998: Coldcut/Let Us Play/ Noah’s Toilet, Ninja Tune Records (credited as Salena Saliva)
- Tibor Jones.
- "Salena Godden – The Chronicles in response to 1 Chronicles". Bush Theatre. Retrieved 26 May 2013.