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Broadcaster and bestselling author to visit Salisbury Playhouse

Clare Balding
13 June 2016

Bestselling author, broadcaster and national treasure Clare Balding visits Salisbury Playhouse on Saturday 24 September to mark the publication of her first children’s book, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.

This one-off special event will see Clare sharing inspirational stories from her own childhood growing up surrounded by animals, giving a special reading from the new book and offering expert advice on working with and caring for animals. The event will end with an audience Q&A and a chance to have your book signed.

When she was young, Clare Balding thought she was a dog. Disappointed to discover she was only human, she did her best to spend every waking hour with dogs and ponies. She could ride before she could walk and, growing up surrounded by racehorses trained by her father, she dreamt of winning the grand National or riding for Great Britain at the Olympics. Those dreams never came true but the consolation prize hasn’t been bad.

As a television and radio presenter, Clare has worked at six Olympic Games as well as the Winter Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, the Grand National, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and the Ryder Cup. She also hosted the recent Patrons’ Lunch marking the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. 

Clare’s first book, My Animals and Other Family, was a runaway number one bestseller and won the Autobiography of the Year at the 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards. Her subsequent book, Walking Home was also a Sunday Times Bestseller.

Tickets for the event at 11am on Saturday 24 September cost £9 (or £17 including a copy of the book) and can be purchased from the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or by visiting the What's On page.