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Latest news and Christmas offer

Elaine Walker

I've been busy with a variety of writing projects this year - my excuse for not updating these pages more often, of course, but also true! I've given a talk for readers of Your Horse magazine at Bolsover Castle and attended the opening of the new Line of Kings exhibition at The Tower of London, for which I was a consultant.

I've also written the presentation pack for a new book of stamps on 'The Working Horse' for the Royal Mail's Special Collections for 2014 and just completed my fourth book on horses, which will be out next year. The title isn't settled yet so details of that are still to come.

I'm currently working on a collection of songs and a short story for a project based on the archives of the North Wales Hospital (Denbigh Asylum) for the North Wales Mental Health Research Project - no horses at all this time, which does make a change.

For more on the project, see: http://madnessofnorthwales.com/about/

I'm also working on a chapter for a collection of essays on the Duke of Newcastle, so the horses come galloping back pretty quickly.

And suddenly it's Christmas again, so I am offering 3 copies of 'The Horses', for £25 including postage this festive season.

I have a small stock of Horse and To Amaze the People with Pleasure and Delight for horse-lovers and also Teaching Creative Writing and Steve's Band - if you'd like to make up a package including one or more of these titles, please get in touch via the Book Sales page, and I'll give you a discounted price.

 

Late Night Live - Australian Radio Interview January 28th.

Elaine Walker

Towards the end of last year, I was approached by Ann Arnold, producer of Late Night Live, a popular radio show in Australia from ABC News, hosted by Philip Adams. The show has been running a series of features on animals which drew on the Reaktion Books 'Animal' titles. When they reached the horse, they asked me to be a guest, along with Karen Jones and Monica Mattfeld from the University of Kent, and Helen Thomas who, as well being manager of ABC news, is a journalist with a special interest in horse-racing.

I went to the BBC Studios in Wrexham and, spread widely apart, we made what's known as a live recording. This means that although it isn't broadcast live, it's not an edited show and the discussion goes out pretty much as it happened.

The programme will be broadcast tomorrow, January 28th, at 11 am UK time/10pm Australia time (repeated 4pm Australia time on 30th) and also be live-streamed through the show's website and available afterwards as a podcast.

During the discussion I will be talking about stories from Horse, how I came to write The Horses and my work on William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle.

On a more surreal note, I will also be debating with Philip Adams whether or not King Arthur actually had a horse, based on evidence to be found in Monty Python and the Holy Grail - not something I anticipated when they asked me to take part!

Tales of Horses and Humans -Late Night Live with Philip Adams