Saturday 24 April 2021 | 12:30pm

Monique Roffey & Salena Godden: Re-imagining Fiction

Saturday 24 April 2021 | 12:30pm

Monique Roffey & Salena Godden: Re-imagining Fiction

£6.00 - Single event ticket
£35.00£50.00 - Festival Pass
Monique Roffey discusses her Costa Book of the Year The Mermaid of Black Conch and Salena Godden her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death. 

Two lyrical and socially engaged writers, Monique Roffey and Salena Godden, join us to speak about the construction of their genre-bending novels. Trinidadian author Monqiue Roffey’s The Mermaid of Black Conch won 2020 Costa Book of the Year. Her unconventional love story sees a fisherman fall for a mermaid, but not the feminine, hair-combing kind you might expect, as Roffey re-imagines mythical creatures through a feminist lens. Poet and performer Salena Godden presents her fantastically imaginative debut, Mrs Death Misses Death, in which death is personified as a series of black women. Come and hear about poetic language, re-imagining fiction, and how their books speak to each other in this conversation chaired by Alex Clark. 

Author Biographies

Monique Roffey is an award-winning Trinidadian-born writer. Her books have been shortlisted for the Costa Fiction Award, the Orange Prize, and the Encore Award, and she won the OCM BOCAS Award for Caribbean Literature. She is a Lecturer on the Novel MFA at Manchester Metropolitan University and has also taught creative writing and mentored emerging writers in Trinidad for several years, for COSTAATT, the OCM Bocas Literature Festival, and privately in Port of Spain. Monique is an active member of Extinction Rebellion and a co-founder of Writers Rebel, an initiative set up to encourage writers to address the climate emergency in their work. In October 2019, she and Writers Rebel organised for 40 writers and poets, including Ali Smith, Naomi Alderman, and Salena Godden, to speak in Trafalgar Square as part of Extinction Rebellion’s October Uprising. The Mermaid of Black Conch is her seventh book, and first love story. 

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 is Pessimism is for Lightweights, and a literary childhood memoir, Springfield Road. Mrs Death Misses Death is her debut novel. A BBC Four documentary following Godden’s progress on the novel over twelve months was broadcast in 2018. 

Alex Clark (chair) is a British literary journalist and editor who has written for The GuardianThe Observer, and The Times Literary Supplement. She also presents Front Row on BBC Radio 4 and hosts the Vintage Podcast about books. 

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