Susan’s first collection of poetry, Creatures of the Intertidal Zone, published by Cinnamon Press, was inspired by her journey through Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland in the footsteps of an intrepid eleventh century female Viking.
One of the collection’s central themes is the impact of climate change and other environmental issues on the landscape of the Arctic and sub-Arctic. Susan was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to support the travel and research parts of this project.
Endorsements and Reviews
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 Sara Wheeler
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
– poet Ann Drysdale
Richardson is very good at making the ‘strange familiar’ and excellent at expressing physicality… Through spirited play, Richardson makes us aware of the vulnerability of ecosystems under global warming, pollution and exposure to human need and adventure
'Creatures of the Intertidal Zone'…examines the physical and emotional processes of travelling and arrival… Richardson also writes impressively about resilient women…and there’s a satirical look at consumer culture and its environmental consequences in 'Tesco Extra'
Susan Richardson’s 'Creatures of the Intertidal Zone' offers a marvellously different blend of passion, pathos, poetry – and penguins!