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A Spotlight on author Heidi M Sands

A Spotlight on author Heidi M. Sands – Author of The Horses of Appleby Fair, countrywoman and equestrian enthusiast

Heidi M. Sands was born and bought up in the rural North West of England; she now lives and works on the family farm in North East Scotland.

Heidi is an award winning writer, and photographer and has two fascinating Appleby Fair books published with Old Pond. The first book published in 2011 aptly named The Horses of Appleby Fair includes over 130 photographs evoking the glamour and vitality of the fair. The second book published in 2013; Absolutely Appleby follows on from the success of the first book with a focus on the community and tradition surrounding the Fair.

When asking Heidi where her inspiration for her books came from, she says, “When I was 11 years old my father bought me a pony called Gypsy. He was a skewbald ride and drive and came from Appleby Horse Fair via a dealer. We lived in Lancashire at the time and seeing horse drawn gypsy wagons or vardos wasn’t that uncommon. The gypsy women used to call on my mother and often sold her pegs and my mother told us tales of seeing gypsy encampments behind her own father’s public house in Lancashire. When I subsequently got the opportunity to see Appleby Fair for myself I jumped at the chance to see where my pony came from; the idea for my first Appleby book was deep rooted.”

She also has a five other equestrian and agricultural titles published.Horse At Appleby

Heidi  writes for a variety of publications on rural, equine and agricultural matters and provides photographs to accompany all her articles. When not writing, Heidi will be found with her native ponies, which she has ridden, owned and bred for over 40 years. Heidi also co-owns a flock of Herdwick Sheep.

Heidi will be in Appleby between the 2nd and 8th June doing book signings. Keep an eye on Old Pond’s Facebook and Twitter pages for further information.

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