Salena Godden

Mrs Death Misses Death

County Buildings
In person & Online event
Sat 25 Sep
18:00 UK
£0.00 to £9.00

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2021

Meet Mrs Death. Exhausted and overworked she seeks someone to confide in, and asks a troubled young writer called Wolf to write her memoirs. Wolf is well acquainted with death, but has never met her before — this elderly, working-class black woman, the sort routinely ignored. Enthralled by her stories, Wolf becomes Mrs Death’s scribe, and begins to write her memoirs. The unlikely pair explore deaths past and present. As they reflect on loss and the future of humanity, their friendship grows into an affirmation of hope and resilience.

About the author: Salena Godden is a renowned poet, performer, memoirist, and activist. As well as several volumes of poetry she’s published a memoir called Springfield Road. She contributed to the best selling essay anthology, The Good Immigrant, and released an album called “LIVEwire,” which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. She’s a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Sponsored by Creebridge House Hotel

Mrs Death Misses Death is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

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