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Susan Richardson: Words the Turtle Taught Me

21 March 2018
7:00 pm
8:30 pm

Pat Gregory illustration

Join us for an evening with Susan Richardson.

Combining poetry with the long essay, ‘Thirty Ways of Looking at the Sea’, which charts her involvement with the Marine Conservation Society as resident poet as they launched an appeal to tackle the threats facing thirty marine species, Words the Turtle Taught Me sees Susan Richardson writing at the height of her powers as a poet, an ecological campaigner and as a writer about the process of composing inventive, compelling poems.

“Susan Richardson’s work is a suspended state, caught between the us we presume to be and the species with which we share this watery, fragile planet. Cut and precise, archaic and innovative, transcendent and in-the-moment, she sees the life of the sea as a mirror of ourselves, and vice versa: always changing, always the same.”

Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan & The Sea Inside

Book your place at this intimate evening with mesmerising performer Susan here.


Susan is a Wales-based poet, performer and educator who specialises in wildlife conservation and other environmental issues. When she was six years old, she was asked the usual question about what she’d like to be when she grew up. ‘I want to travel round the world and write about animals,’ she immediately replied. Her passion for animals and the wider natural world has been the driving force in her writing ever since, from her Arctic-themed first collection of poetry, ‘Creatures of the Intertidal Zone’ (2007), to her third collection, ‘skindancing’ (2015), which is themed around human-animal shapeshifting and explores both our intimacy with, and alienation from, the wild and our animals selves. Her fourth collection of poetry, ‘Words the Turtle Taught Me’, focusing on endangered marine species, will be published in March.

Susan has performed her work at literary, environmental and science festivals throughout the UK, for organisations such as WWF and Friends of the Earth, on BBC2, and at Universities both nationally and internationally. She is the co-founder and poetry editor of ‘Zoomorphic’, the online literary journal that publishes writing in celebration and defence of wild animals, and poet-in-residence for World Animal Day.


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