Poet, performer, educator. Resident poet for BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live. New poetry collection, 'Where the Air is Rarefied', with prints by Pat Gregory, is to be launched on June 8th at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff. Previous collection,'Creatures of the Intertidal Zone' (Cinnamon Press), inspired by my journey through Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland in the footsteps of an intrepid eleventh century female Viking, and exploring the impact of climate change on the Arctic and sub-Arctic, is also available for purchase!
'Here is poetry driven from within into the shape best suited to its purpose. Internal rhyme and assonance…sing out when the poems are read aloud. This is free verse at its finest…I can still feel its impact on my heart' - poet Ann Drysdale.
'Susan Richardson beautifully marries the landscape of the polar regions with their - and her own - emotional topography. I particularly admire her spirited recreation of Gudrid, that enchanting eleventh century Viking heroine' - travel writer and biographer Sara Wheeler.
Very excited to hear that I'm second runner-up in the 2008 Frogmore Poetry Prize, adjudicated by Clare Pollard! Haven't really entered many poetry competitions in the past - the odds against winning have always seemed so enormous so I've always focused on just submitting poems to journals and anthologies instead. But this year I decided I'd give it a go, albeit in a rather tentative, this-can't-possibly-lead-to-anything sort of way. Having such low expectations has made the news of my win even more gratifying and I'm looking forward both to reading the selection of Frogmore publications that forms part of my prize and to spending my fifty guineas cheque!