Susan Richardson


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A Weekend Workshop with Susan Richardson & Em Strang

October 17-19 2014, Haybergill Centre, Cumbria

Come along to a stimulating weekend of writing and discussion around ecological themes. What does it mean to write nature poetry in the 21st century? How do we express wildness? Is it possible to speak for nonhuman species? There’ll be an emphasis on writing and exploring poetry, but prose writers are also very welcome.

You’ll have the opportunity to share your work, engage in writing exercises both indoors and out in the inspirational landscape surrounding Haybergill Centre (, enjoy delicious food, autumn walks, evening bonfires and even a sauna! There’ll be space timetabled into the weekend for plenty of focused periods of writing, plus helpful feedback and editing sessions in a supportive group setting. All levels of experience welcome.

Susan is a Wales-based poet whose most recent collection, Where the Air is Rarefied (Cinnamon Press) is a collaboration with printmaker Pat Gregory on ecological and mythological themes relating to the Far North. Her third collection, Skindancing, will be published in 2015. Susan has more than sixteen years’ experience of running poetry workshops for universities, conservation organisations and environmental groups, both indoors and outside in wilder landscapes. For further information, please visit:

Em completed a PhD in Creative Writing (ecological poetry) in December 2013 and is now seeking a publisher for a first collection of poems, Habitude. She has recently been awarded a New Writer Scotland Award 2014 and teaches Creative Writing in Dumfries prison. She is currently also tutoring on the Mlitt in Environment, Culture & Communication at the University of Glasgow (Dumfries). For further information, please visit:

Cost for the weekend includes 2 nights’ full-board: £335. Accommodation is in twin or single rooms (single room supplement applies and these rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis). All meals are vegetarian and special diets can be catered for. For bookings and further details contact: or

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WHO’S AFRAID? with Rhodri Hugh Thomas in Collaboration With Carolina Vasquez and Chris Young at WSD2013

WA-flyerStand-up comedy merges with poetic metaphor as the production unpacks the unspoken fears that we keep hidden away and confronts the reality of a world on the brink of profound irreversible change.

This is a theatrical event of contrasts and revelations and sets sustainability in the context of simple, everyday activities and events and provokes us to look at our own lives in a new way.

Challenging, hilarious and passionate, the spoken word is woven into a symphony of startling images and illuminating film clips that feature and celebrate the diversity of the human condition and the tireless work of local activists who in the face of fear, offer hope. Who’s afraid? We all should be but especially climate change deniers and cats!

A Multi Media Performance by Rhodri Hugh Thomas in Collaboration With Carolina Vasquez Based on the poem and art work “Who’s Afraid?” by Susan Richardson and Pat Gregory.

This production has been made possible by a development grant from the Arts Council of Wales.

Open to all.

This performance has travelled to World Stage Design 2013 from within the UK.






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