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Afternoon Tea with Salena Godden

22 April @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

Virtual Event

Grab a cuppa and get to know poet, activist and novelist Salena Godden in conversation with 2020 Eric Gregory Award winner Kadish Morris. Salena will discuss work, career and activism, as well as offering a glimpse into her creative routine and a short reading from her latest novel, Mrs Death Misses Death.

This event is in conjunction with the Royal Society of Literature and the SoA’s Poetry & Spoken Word Group, and will take place on online via WebinarJam. The link will be sent to registered attendees.


2 minutes – Welcome from Nadia Bonini, SoA Poetry and Spoken Word Group Administrator and Membership Manager

2 minutes – Intro from host Kadish Morris

5-15 minutes – Discussion with Salena Godden about her work and career, and glimpse into her creative routine

10 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected during the pandemic

5 minutes – Salena Godden will do a short reading from her new novel, Mrs Death Misses Death

10-15 minutes – Q&A with audience

If you would like to send questions for Salena Godden in advance, email Nadia Bonini with ‘Salena Godden – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.


The line-up

Salena Godden – Broadcaster, poet, novelist

Salena Godden is a high-profile poet. She is also an activist, broadcaster, essayist and memoirist whose work has been widely anthologised. The Royal Society of Literature made her a fellow FRSL in November 2020. Canongate published Salena’s debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death in 2021.  

Twitter: @salenagodden  | Salena Godden’s website


Kadish Morris – Editor, poet, art critic

Kadish Morris is an editor, art critic and poet and previously a commissioning editor at The Observer. She is a recipient of the 2020 Eric Gregory Award, part of the Society of Authors’ Awards.

Twitter: @kadishmorris | Kadish Morris’ website


About Royal Society of Literature Fellows

The Royal Society of Literature has around 600 Fellows. They include the very best novelists, short-story writers, poets, playwrights, graphic fiction writers, biographers, historians, travel writers, literary critics and scriptwriters at work today. rsliterature.org


About the Poetry and Spoken Word Group

The Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG) is a professional community for poets and spoken word artists. They come together to discuss issues affecting poets and the spoken word community, offer advice and support, and raise the profile of poetry and performance. Find out more


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22 April
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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