Alternative Stories and Fake Realities

The Ponies at The Edge of The World. Nature writing and Landscape

June 03, 2022 Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Season 6 Episode 5
Alternative Stories and Fake Realities
The Ponies at The Edge of The World. Nature writing and Landscape
Show Notes

In today’s podcast we speak to two writers for whom nature, landscape and horses are important in their work.  Catherine Munro is the author of “The Ponies At The Edge of The World” about her life in Shetland and Madeleine F White whose poetry collection “The Horse And The Girl” explores riding, the environment and the landscape of Kent. 

Thank you to Catherine Munro and Madeleine F White for taking the time to speak to us for today’s podcast.  We’d like to thank Rider, an imprint of Penguin Random House and Lapwing Publications for allowing us to reproduce extracts from their books in this podcast. 

 Readings are by the authors, Catherine Munro and Madeleine F White

Interviews, editing and music were by Chris Gregory 

You can find out more about The Ponies At The Edge Of The World and buy a copy via Penguin Random House through this link

Find out more about Catherine Munro and read her blog entries here

 You can follow Catherine on twitter here

Follow Rider Books on twitter here

And Penguin here


Follow Madeleine F White on twitter for news of the release of The Horse and The Girl and how you can buy a copy when it is released later in June 2022

The collection will be published by Lapwing Publications and you can visit their website here

Order/ pre-order by emailing them on

 Find out about and purchase Madeleine’s novel Mother of Floods via Good Reads here

 During her interview Madeleine mentioned poetry and other writing that had influenced her work.  These were as follows 

·       Seamus Heaney – Digging and the Wishing Tree,

·       Exiled writers Jennifer Langer and Elena Croitoru,

·       Iraqi poetry, so closely bound up to land and suffering - Rain Song Poem by Badr Shakir al-Sayyab.

·       Equestrian writing : Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling -natural horsemanship, which is so much about the bond and connection between horse and rider and the language/ non verb

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