A Night In with Salena Godden
Renowned performance poet Salena Godden celebrates the paperback publication of her electrifying novel Mrs Death Misses Death
The ‘stream and book’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of Mrs Death Misses Death deliverable to any UK or international address.
This event is now available to watch on demand until 1st February 2022.
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Mrs Death has had enough. She is exhausted from spending eternity doing her job and now she seeks someone to unburden her conscience to. Wolf Willeford, a troubled young writer, is well acquainted with death, but until now hadn’t met Death in person – a black, working-class woman who shape-shifts and does her work unseen.
Enthralled by her stories, Wolf becomes Mrs Death’s scribe, and begins to write her memoirs. Using their desk as a vessel and conduit, Wolf travels across time and place with Mrs Death to witness deaths of past and present and discuss what the future holds for humanity. As the two reflect on the losses they have experienced – or, in the case of Mrs Death, facilitated – their friendship grows into a surprising affirmation of hope, resilience and love. All the while, despite her world-weariness, Death must continue to hold humans’ fates in her hands, appearing in our lives when we least expect her…
In conversation for this virtual event, Salena will explore the inspiration behind her powerful and darkly funny novel, and invite us to contemplate our relationship with race, class, gender, and mortality.
Known for her electrifying performances everywhere from international literary festivals to appearing on BBC radio and TV to speaking at protests in Parliament Square, Salena promises us a humorous and life-affirming evening that serves as a potent reminder that life is short, and every second should be cherished.
‘A fantastically imaginative story about life, death and everything in between.’ Idris Elba
‘Exquisite. A daring, poetic offering that establishes Godden as one of our most exciting voices. I loved it.’ Irenosen Okojie