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Margate-born Salena is one of Britain’s foremost spoken word artists and poets. A regular performer at literary festivals, Salena’s appeared as a guest and writer for many BBC Radio programmes including The Verb, Saturday Live, Loose Ends and Fact To Fiction, and has written and presented several arts documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4.

Salena is the author of literary memoir Springfield Road (Unbound) and poetry books Fishing In The Aftermath Poems 1994-2014 (Burning Eye) and Under The Pier (Nasty Little Press).

In 2017 Salena was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry with her live spoken word album LIVEwire released with independent spoken word label Nymphs and Thugs. LIVEwire is available now on CD, digital download, full-colour zine and double LP vinyl. Salena was also shortlisted for ‘Best Spoken Word Performer’ in the 2017 Saboteur awards and the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship.

Salena’s essay titled Shade was published in The Good Immigrant. This bestselling book was crowd-funded in record time and published with Unbound. It featured as a Radio 4 Book of the Week and won the Readers Choice Book Of The Year Award.

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