19:00-19:45 First Word
Saturday 18 June
Salena Godden FRSL is one of Britain’s best loved poets and performers. She is also a broadcaster, memoirist and essayist and is widely anthologised; her essay Shade was published in award-winning anthology The Good Immigrant. She has published several volumes of poetry, the latest of which was Pessimism Is for Lightweights, and a literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road. In November 2020 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Mrs Death Misses Death is her debut novel. It was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2021. Film and TV rights for Mrs Death Misses Death have been optioned by Idris Elba’s production company Green Door Pictures.
The First Word tent has ramped access onto trackway from Jubilee Parade. Inside, there are solid wooden floors, and seating is available.