Richard Evans is a poet and teacher, living in East Sussex. His first collection of poetry, The Zoo Keeper, featured in the Forward Poetry list 2003, and was highly praised by critics and poets across the UK. Orbiting, his much-anticipated second collection, is set for release in July. As a teacher of Creative Writing and poetry, he has received national recognition, especially for his part in innovative projects for The Excellence Cluster and Creative Partnerships. In 2008 he was commissioned to co-author 'Adventures in Learning', a tool-kit for teachers who wish to bring creativity to the centre of the curriculum. He is most interested in writing that draws on the uncanny, or the extraordinary within the ordinary, and so the poetry of John Berryman, Ted Hughes and Denise Riley are significant influences, as is the fiction of Iris Murdoch and Tove Jansson.