Been fighting a brutal virus for the past ten days or so, which has severely limited all my usual activities, poetic and otherwise. Lots of postponed/cancelled workshops and, most frustrating of all, couldn’t make it to London for my Radio 4 Saturday Live slot last weekend either.

I do have one cheery thing to report though – the Polar Poets have their first booking! Siobhan Logan and I will be performing our new show, Arctic-ulate, at the Wrexham Science Festival in July.


The Festival is designed to make science exciting and accessible to all ages and, according to the organisers, the aim is that it will ‘be the highlight of the early summer calendar…and encourage us all to investigate, enjoy, learn and re-think our ideas about science and technology.’

Our Polar Poet event will address the Festival’s ‘Earth and the Universe’ theme and I’ll post plenty more info about it in the months ahead as we develop and rehearse the show. In the meantime, though, here’s a sneak preview of our Festival publicity:

Arctic-ulate is a multi-media show that interweaves poetry, storytelling, performance, monologue, music and Powerpoint images. It evokes the unique appeal of the Arctic, one of the planet’s last great wildernesses, and explores the science and heritage of this landscape, from ice-melt and the aurora borealis to indigenous peoples and European explorers.

Devised and performed by the Polar Poets, Siobhan Logan and Susan Richardson, it also highlights the fragility of the Arctic at a time of climate change and increasing industrialisation. We aim to entertain, to cast word spells, but also to encourage people to reflect on some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

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