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A regular series of poems presented on the outside of our building

Following the success of Edson Burton’s Imagine New Rules text on the front of our building in 2017, we decided to test out a regular poem on the front of our building.

Salena Godden’s Pessimism is for Lightweights was adapted for Arnolfini as a New Year’s message of hope and the reaction has been extraordinary. Through late 2018 and into 2019, we also featured the three stanzas of Kayo Chingonyi's Some Bright Elegance as a triptych on our quayside facing windows. 

We plan to continue this with a series of changing poems and text-based works facing out to Bristol. 


For now, here’s some more information about the powerhouse that is Salena Godden:

Salena Godden
Poet and author of literary memoir Springfield Road (Unbound) and poetry books Fishing In The Aftermath Poems 1994-2014 (Burning Eye) and Under The Pier (Nasty Little Press) Salena Godden's spoken word album LIVEwire was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry. It was released with independent spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs and is available on CD, digital download, full-colour zine and double LP vinyl.  Her essay titled Shade was published in The Good Immigrant. This bestselling book was championed by JK Rowling, crowd-funded in record time and published with Unbound. It featured as a Radio 4 'Book of the Week' and won the Readers Choice Book Of The Year Award. It was also shortlisted in the non-fiction category of The British Book Awards. The audio book and paperback of The Good Immigrant were released in May 2017. 

Short-fiction Blue Cornflowers was shortlisted for the 4th Estate and Guardian short story prize. This was published in 2017 in the Bare Lit Anthology (Brain Mill Press). During 2017 Salena was also shortlisted in the Saboteur awards and the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship and awarded funding by The Society of Authors in December 2017. Work-in-progress: Mrs Death Misses Death, showcased at Last Word Festival at The Roundhouse in June 2017. This work is in development, a collaboration of fiction and poetry with music composed by Peter Coyte, it will be published and broadcast on the BBC later in 2018.

New for 2018: Others - writers on difference - crowdfunded and published by Unbound with all net profits going to refugees and stop hate charities. A collection of work on the theme of being ‘Other’ and a spectacular line up that includes Damian Barr, Noam Chomsky, Rishi Dastidar, Salena Godden, Colin Grant, Matt Haig, Anjali Joseph, AL Kennedy, Kamila Shamsie and many other others. 

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