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Virtual Writing Residency - week 3

Elaine Walker

For my third week as Writer in Residence for Jane Badger Books, I've posted two poems about my own horses.

Both of them appear on these pages - the first, Rowan, is the blanket spot Appaloosa x Welsh cob, and the second, JB, is the little grey cob - he was a blue-and-white skewbald in his youth.

He died around this time last year at the age of 27 - a wonderful old horse who baby-sat any youngster who joined the herd and also many novice riders.

We still miss him, but Darius and Topaz, the other two Appaloosas in my photos, have taken over as uncles to my latest newcomer, Ruby, a Quarter Horse x Appaloosa.


Staroak American Blues aka Ruby






Herd interaction always fascinates me and the way Darius, not a tolerant horse generally, and Topaz, who is a real softie, are patient with Ruby is a treat to watch. Rowan, who's still only five herself, has made friends with Ruby but makes no special allowances for her!

Writing residency

Elaine Walker

During October 2012, I am Virtual Writer-in-Residence at Jane Badger Books . Jane specialises in out-of-print pony books, so this will a very horse-based residency.

I'll be posting once a week on reading and writing about horses, the links between fiction and non-fiction in my own work and also including a couple of poems inspired by my own horses.

I am hoping this may lead me to post regularly to my own blog - I work better to other people's deadlines than my own but let's see!