Mon, 31 January 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

Salena Godden Meets Yrsa Daley-Ward

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Shot to fame in her early twenties as model and actor, Yrsa Daley-Ward quickly established a reputation as a poet and storyteller of rare honesty, vulnerability, and emotional power.

Yrsa Daley-Ward’s work explores all parts of the human condition, but especially those we don’t tend to speak of: mental health, sexuality, love, grief and addiction. Her words have resonated with hundreds of thousands of readers around the world: through her acclaimed books of poetry and memoir, bone and The Terrible and through her powerful writing for Beyoncé’s cultural touchstone Black Is King.

In this livestream conversation with acclaimed novelist and poet Salena Godden, Yrsa will offer us a compelling invitation for self-renewal. In a sea of how-to guides and self-help mantras, her new book The How is a gentle invitation back to oneself. Yrsa’s words take us by the hand, encouraging us to join her as she explores how we can remove our filters, and see and feel more of who we really are behind the preconceived notions of propriety and manners we’ve accumulated with age.

She says: “during the course of last year I was hearing a lot of noise and I wanted to write something to myself, and that’s what this was: a series of letters, a series of reminders. I wanted to speak to all of us, to invite us to always be more of ourselves, to look deeper, to go deeper.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the most celebrated and powerful young voices in contemporary culture.

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Yrsa Daley-Ward

Writer and Poet

Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet of mixed Jamaican and Nigerian heritage and is the author of bone, The Terrible and The How, and the winner of the PEN Ackerley Prize. She splits her time between Brooklyn and London.

Salena Godden

Novelist and Poet

Salena Godden has published several volumes of poetry, including Pessimism is for Lightweights; a literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road; and her debut novel, Mrs Death Misses Death, which was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize in 2021. In November 2020 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.