Skindancing — Susan Richardson
Third poetry collection from BBC radio poet and widely performing eco-poet.
Inventive form, innovative language and an ability to push at the boundaries of poetry are hallmarks of Susan Richardson’s distinctive and vivid poetry. These poems are alive on the page; challenging, full of wordplay, but always deeply thoughtful and engaging. Enriched by Pat Gregory’s extraordinary black and white prints, skindancing moves beyond us beyond our comfort zones with poetry that is as visually exciting as it is linguistically and conceptually textured. Visceral and original, skindancing weaves myth with text-speak, shamanic lore with ecological angst, language poetry with the quotidian, to produce a collection that inspires, excites and demands to be read again.
Susan Richardson is a poet, performer, educator and editor, whose previous collections with Cinnamon Press were Creatures of the Intertidal Zone and Where the Air is Rarefied. skindancing was followed by Words the Turtle Taught Me, which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. Throughout 2018, Susan took her multi-media Words the Turtle Taught Me poetry show to venues around the coast of the UK. She performed in arts centres and beach cafés, at universities and Wildlife Trust Visitor Centres from Aberystwyth to Edinburgh, from Cornwall to the Isle of Man. The show continued to tour in 2019. Susan has been resident poet with the Marine Conservation Society and poet-in-residence with the global animal welfare initiative, World Animal Day. She has performed at festivals throughout the UK, for organisations such as WWF and Friends of the Earth, on BBC 2, Radio 4 and at universities both nationally and internationally. She co-edited the magazine Zoomorphic, a digital literary magazine that published work in celebration and defence of wild animals.
Find out more about Susan’s writing on her website.