How to be Held - Maddie Godfrey

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How To Be Held (Burning Eye Books)

To be held is to be embraced. Not only by the bodies or cities around you, but also by yourself.

Maddie Godfrey's debut poetry collection is an ode to resilience, vulnerability and tenderness. Using personal experiences, the author explores gender politics, body positivity, trauma and self-preservation.

How To Be Held aches with an intimate familiarity, like a diary entry which you cannot remember writing but still recognise yourself within. These poems are strong in the softest way.

Maddie Godfrey has been best described as “a poetry fireball”. Their writing aims to facilitate compassionate conversations about social issues.

At twenty-two they have performed at the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, TEDxWomen and Glastonbury Festival. In 2017 Maddie was a writer-in-residence at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Off stage, Maddie’s writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, literary journals, on posters, and by viral YouTube channels ‘Button Poetry’ and ‘Write About Now’. In 2016, Maddie’s poetry was used as a close reading text in the Western Australian curriculum’s English literature exam.

Maddie’s debut poetry collection, titled “How To Be Held”, will be released by Burning Eye Books (UK) in June 2018. Maddie is not a morning person.

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