Salena Godden was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2020.
Salena Godden is a high-profile poet based in London. She is also an activist, broadcaster, essayist, songwriter and memoirist and all her work has been widely anthologised. She has had several volumes of poetry published including Fishing in the Aftermath: Poems 1994-2014 (Burning Eye Books), Pessimism is for Lightweights (Rough Trade Books), and literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road (Unbound). She has recorded several albums and most recently her spoken-word album LIVEwire (Nymphs and Thugs) was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2017.
In 2019 Canongate pre-empted world rights to her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death. A documentary following the work-in-progress over 12 months was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Mrs Death Misses Death has been described by the publisher as an “electrifying genre- and form-defying firestarter.” It will be published in February 2021.