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An Evening with Salena Godden, Mrs Death Misses Death

Wednesday 16th March 2022
18:30 - 19:45 at Waterstones, London - Gower Street

An Evening with Salena Godden, Mrs Death Misses Death

Join us as we welcome Salena Godden, author of Mrs Death Misses Death (Canongate) for an evening of live performance.

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…

The novel has received incredible reviews, described by Nikesh Shukla as 'A rhythmic and powerful poetic meditation on death, life and love and the hidden mysteries of the universe; both playful and sombre, hilarious and human, and Benjamin Zephaniah has hailed Salena as 'A wordsmith of the highest order'.
We, at Waterstones Gower Street, invite you to join us for what will be an unforgettable evening.


Salena Godden is one of Britain’s best loved poets and performers. She is also an activist, broadcaster, memoirist and essayist and is widely anthologised. She has published several volumes of poetry, the latest of which was Pessimism is for Lightweights, and a literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road.

Mrs Death Misses Death is her debut novel. A BBC Radio 4 documentary following Godden's progress on the novel over twelve months was broadcast in 2018.

 

 

London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Wednesday 16th March 2022
18:30 - 19:45

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