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!