North Beach Poetry Nights presents on Monday May 11th at 9 pm in The Crane Bar, Sea Road, Galway the North Beach Poetry Nights' May 2009 Slam with guest poet from the London performance scene: Salena Godden.
SALENA's work has been published in various magazines including Drawbridge, Rising, The Illustrated Ape, Nude Magazine, Salzburg Review, Trespass, The Gay Times, Le Gun, Litro, The Guardian, The Camden New Journal & Plectrum. Her fiction and poetry has also been in many anthologies including Penguin’s IC3, Canongate’s Fire People, Serpents Tail’s Croatian Nights and Hodder & Stoughton’s Oral. This spring, 2009, her writing will appear in two new anthologies, Punk Fiction (Picador) and Dwang, alongside the likes of Dan Fante, Cathi Unsworth and Billy Childish among many others.
Salena Godden is the lyricist and lead singer of underground eclectic ska jazz band SaltPeter. SaltPeter’s latest albumHunger’s The Best Sauce was released in October 2007. It featured in The Critical List in The Independent On Sunday as one of the most outstanding albums of 2007. Salena has also collaborated and performed with the likes of Alabama 3, Coldcut and Simple Kid. HarperCollins / HarperPress won the auction for her debut childhood memoir Springfield Road to be published in hardback in 2010. She has performed on BBC Radio's Women's Hour, The Verb and Bespoken Word plus she hosted and programmed her own radio show on Resonance FM and BBC LDN, The SaltPeter Radio Show.
Poets wishing to take part in the 2-Round Slam please bring along two three-minute poems, preferrably memorized. The winner of each month's Slam goes forward to the 2009 North Beach Poetry Nights' Grand Slam in December 2009. The prize for the Grand Slam winner is publication of a collection of her/his work.
("Inheritance" debut collection by 2007 winner Miceál Kearney available in Charlie Byrne's bookshop and from http://www.doirepress.com/)
Admission 5/ 3 Euro.
info: john walsh @ 091-593290
North Beach Poetry Nights acknowledges the financial support of The Arts Council and Galway City Council.