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How To Be Held by Maddie Godfrey

by Maddie Godfrey


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.
“This book is daring, delicate defiance, an intimate ascension, an ode to survival. Poetry that crawls into your innermost thoughts and makes itself comfortable.”
Sara Hirsch

“Godfrey treats her language as a duvet she wraps around the reader, drawing them into a sanctuary of sorts.”
Scott-Patrick Mitchell

Maddie Godfrey is an Australian-bred performance poet, writer, theatre maker and spoken word educator. Her writing aims to facilitate compassionate conversations about social issues. At twenty-two she has 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.

She has won poetry slam competitions in Australia, London, Oxford, Cambridge and online. Maddie competed in the Women of the World Poetry Slam in New York (2016) and Texas (2017). Maddie’s writing has been internationally published in anthologies, magazines and literary journals, on posters, and by viral YouTube channels ‘Button Poetry’ and ‘Write About Now’. Her poetry was also used as a close reading text in the Western
Australian curriculum’s 2016 English literature exam.
Maddie is not a morning person.

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