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 is an Australian-bred "poetry fireball". Her writing aims to facilitate compassionate conversations about social issues. At 22, she has performed at The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, TEDx Women and Glastonbury festival. Maddie's writing has been internationally published in literary journals, magazines, anthologies, on posters and in educational materials. She was recently a writer-in-residence at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Maddie is not a morning person. www.maddiegodfrey.com