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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. This beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated compendium summons up the sea we always thought it to be, but which now hovers in the balance ... Words The Turtle Taught Me comes as a vital, glorious and salutary lesson for us all.”

Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan & The Sea Inside

Against a backdrop of images by visual artist Pat Gregory who illustrated the collection, Susan will perform a selection of poems inspired by such threatened creatures as the sperm whale, European eel and angel shark, and will also share a new, specially-commissioned poem on the British Animal Studies Network meeting's theme – ‘Sex’.

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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, has just been published.

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 the British Animal Studies Network.

Tickets for Susan’s performance are free and can be booked via this Eventbrite page; but if you wish to attend the meeting of the British Animal Studies Network which the performance is a part of, there is a charge. Please click on this link to be taken to the meeting webpage and the link to the University of Strathclyde Online shop.

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