Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

May 08, 2008

Badminton Horse Trials 2008

OK, so it’s about horses and horsey people – or is it? Well the Friday and Sunday are, but the cross country day, the Saturday (if the weather is fine) is great day out for writers and their families. It helps if at least one family member is a little bit horsey, but any writer will find a concentrated resource there – and not just the Jilly Coopers of this world. There are…

Spectators in a vast range shapes, sizes and ages. Do some visual casting for your novel or short story.
Dogs a plenty if your want to check out breeds (and quiz their owners).
Research makes, models and colours of cars (there are fields full of them). Get the lads to do this when they ask, ‘Can we go home yet?’.
Do some royal spotting, Zara Phillips, is good for starters.

Oh, and walk at least part of the cross country course (listen for the whistle – it means a horse and rider are coming) and watch one or two riders doing their stuff. The fences are big and you never know who you might see come a cropper!


john e white said...

Hi Silja, I thought Badminton was about raquets not horses - shows what I know. Did the large hat help?

Messenger editing is coming along a pace and providing the US doesn't invade Iran I should still be able to call the book fiction.

Take care, John

Silja Swaby said...

Thanks for the comment. The hat made all the difference.

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