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Raise The Bar: Salena Godden & Friends

Plus Nikita Gill and Cecilia Knapp

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Raise the Bar presents another raucous, dynamic, thought-provoking and life-affirming evening of live poetry featuring Salena Godden, Nikita Gill and Cecilia Knapp.

Salena Godden FRSL is an award-winning writer, novelist, poet, memoirist and broadcaster, whose debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death won the Indie Book Award for Fiction and the People’s Book Prize.

Nikita Gill is a British-Indian poet, playwright, writer and illustrator who has written and curated eight volumes of poetry, and uses social media to engage her audience of over 650,000 followers on Instagram, one of the most popular poets on the platform.

Cecilia Knapp is a poet and novelist and the Young People’s Laureate for London 2020/2021. She was shortlisted for the 2022 Forward prize for best single poem, and was winner of the 2021 Ruth Rendell award.

This event will be BSL interpreted.

Presented by Bristol Beacon and Raise The Bar

Format: Reserved seating

Age: 16+


Performance times

Doors: 19.00
Support: 19.30
Interval: 20.10
Salena Godden:

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“Godden’s readings onstage are glorious occasions[,] using poetry to inspire and unite in a way that no other medium does.”

The Guardian

About Lantern Hall

Bristol’s home of dazzling new music

The venue

Lantern Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Lantern Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are available within the first 10 rows on the flat floor of the Hall.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in rows AA-J on the flat floor are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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