#5: Salena Godden and Sci-Fi Superstars

31st Aug 2016

Performer, poet and author Salena Godden talks to Lauren about the experience of writing and publishing her memoir, Springfield Road, as well as talking gin and tonic, feminist tits and why people compare writing poetry to masturbating in public.

Then Grace gives us the lowdown on the women sci-fi writers you have to read, from superstars Ursula Le Guin and Octavia Butler to contemporary authors that might not be on your radar yet. Plus all the usual podcast news, opportunities and more...

In this episode…

Lauren sat down with Salena Godden earlier this summer for an interview touching on her memoir, Bowie, the politics in poetry and her experience helping at the refugee camps in Calais. Salena is a poet, performer and author. More information about her work and upcoming performances can be found via Salena’s website and you can follow her thoughts and hilarity on Twitter.

Then Grace talks us through some of her favourite science fiction writers, featuring Clare Winger Harris, the first women to publish a story in a US sci fi journal under her own name.

The Queens of Sci Fi:
Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler.
– Mary Anne Mohanraj, founder of speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons
– .Nnedi Okorafor, author of the YA books The Shadow Speaker and Zahara the Wind Seeker, and adult novel, Who Fears Death, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2011 and nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award.
Marjorie Lui, novelist and comic book writer of the novel tie in for the X Men films, Dark Mirror, and the Marvel X-Men spin off series, NYX, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD media award in 2013.

New books:
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I and II – the script of the long awaited play can be purchased basically everywhere.
The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shulka, bringing together fifteen emerging British black, Asian and minority ethnic writers, poets, journalists and artists. In these fifteen essays about race and immigration, they paint a picture of what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that wants you, doesn’t want you, doesn’t accept you, needs you for its equality monitoring forms and would prefer you if you won a major reality show competition.


Mentoring scheme by Penguin/Random House WriteNow, which will offer 150 writers the opportunity to attend publishing insight days in Birmingham, Manchester and London. It will then support 10 exceptional writers through a year-long mentoring programme.

Not mentioned but SUPER EXCITING is the For Books’ Sake 6th Birthday Party on Friday 16 September at The Star of Kings. More info and tickets can be found on the Eventbrite page.