skindancing (Cinnamon Press) is Susan’s third collection of poetry, themed around human-animal metamorphosis and our intimacy with, and alienation from, the wild and our animal selves.
Its sources of inspiration include shapeshifting tales from a number of different cultures, from Inuit to Celtic, Native American to Norse, as well as Susan’s ongoing engagement with shamanic journeying.
Endorsements and Reviews
She writes in prehensile language, capable of grasping something vast, ancient, chthonic: the Earth in must
– Jay Griffiths, author of 'Wild'
Richardson’s voice swoops – passionate, ribald, funny, fierce – taking you up, on exhilarating flight, out from the cage of the everyday mind
– Eleanor O'Hanlon, author of 'Eyes of the Wild'
A wonderfully provocative collection…in turns beautiful, funny, angry and sad…It speaks to the blurring of boundaries between the human and more-than-human; of our shared corporeality and vulnerability.
– Dr Mary Phillips, University of Bristol
– Margaret Elphinstone, novelist
Word play is integral to the sumptuous fabric of her poetry…Ultimately, skindancing is poetry of celebration and of warning. Of knowing what we have been, what we are and what we may become
– Dark Mountain
Richardson's eco-poetry is as subversive as it is playful…These poems will leave your skin tingling and your synapses firing
– Amazon five-star review
As with two of Susan’s other poetry collections, skindancing features illustrations and a cover image by visual artist Pat Gregory.
Over the years, to coincide with the publication of each of the books, Susan and Pat have collaborated to produce several joint exhibitions of poetry and linocut prints/pen-and-ink drawings. Their work has been shown at a range of galleries in England and Wales, including ONCA in Brighton, Oriel Canfas in Cardiff, Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, Oriel Cric in Crickhowell and the Library Gallery in Haverfordwest.