About Susanna forrest


via the main page: www.susannaforrest.com.


If Wishes Were Horses, a Memoir of Equine Obsession (Atlantic Books, 2012)

The Age of the Horse (Atlantic Books, UK, 2016; Grove Atlantic, US, 2017; Hara Shobo, Japan, 2017).

Prizes, Grants and Fellowships

Society of Authors Author’s Foundation Grant (2012)
Sophie Coe Prize for an essay on food history (2016)
Hawthornden Fellow (2017)
Finalist, Nowhere's Fall travel writing contest (2017)
John Heygate Award for travel writing from Society of Authors (2018)
Writer in Residence, Gladstone’s Library (2019)

Book Chapters

"The New Equestrian Economy in China" in Equestrian Cultures in Global and Local Arenas, edited by Miriam Adelman and Kirrilly Thompson (Springer, 2018).

“'Horsemeat is Certainly Delicious': Anxiety, Xenophobia and Rationalism at a Nineteenth-Century American Hippophagic Banquet” in Equine Cultures: Horses, Human Society, and the Discourse of Modernity, 1700–Present, edited by Kristen Guest and Monica Mattfeld (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

"Inventing the Wild Horse: the Manmade History of the Takhi and Tarpan" in Horse Breeds and Human Society: Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse, edited by Kristen Guest and Monica Mattfeld (Routledge, 2020).

Member of the Equine Research Network.

Journalism and Essays Available Online

For The Atlantic's Object Lessons blog: The Troubled History of Horsemeat in America.

For Literary Hub, How Byron Invented the Wild Horse.

For Paris Review Daily, on Selika Lazevski and Sarah the African, horsewomen of the nineteenth-century French circus.

For the New York Times' Menagerie blog: talking to horses through riding, learning to ride all over again, Tav and Sasa.

For NPR's The Salt: Mare's Milk For Health? Europeans Look To Horses For Ancient Remedy.

For Nowhere Magazine: Horse-race Politics. A long read on Siena's Palio; a finalist in Nowhere's Fall 2017 travel writing contest.

For Culturised: Just Horse Play? "Ex Anima" by Théâtre Équestre Zingaro.

For the Telegraph: the history of hippophagy, sidesaddle, Pippi Longstocking and pony books.

For Spiegel Online: the 2013 Horse Meat Scandal.

For the Guardian: the other big "C", being a drag queen, erotica for women and wife auditions.

For the Literary Review: Hanging Up Our Spurs, a review of Ulrich Raulff's Farewell to the Horse.

For Atlas Obscura: The Hidden History of Bathing in Soup Broth.

On Medium: Liberating Diana – how a Danish artist seeks to commemorate a wayward princess – and Paula Sykes: Pioneering Woman Groom in International Showjumping.

For Zoomorphic: Athletes or Anarchists? How the misunderstanding between humans and horses makes their domestication possible.

For the Scotsman: on Joyce Carole Oates' Rape: A Love Story.

For the New Statesman: on Jonny Trunk's Dirty Fan Mail: a life in rude letters.

En Français: a translation of the history of hippophagy piece in Courrier International.

For Gridskipper.com: ramblings on and around Berlin, ditto Momondo.com.

Talks and Interviews

On sidesaddle, Countryfile, BBC1 (10 June 2012); on women-only remount depots in World War One, The Equine Army, BBC1 West (2 June 2014) and BBC4 (29 September 2014); on pony books: BBC Radio 4 Pony Tales, September 2016; on horses, PTSD and Anxiety: BBC World Service's The Forum, 22 August 2016; ABC Saturday Extra, 16 September 2017; on horsemeat history: BBC World Service's The Food Chain, 29 October 2017; BBC Radio 4's Horse History series, 12–16 March 2018; BBC World Service’s The Why Factor, 26 November 2018.

2012 Daily Telegraph Way with Words Literary Festival, Dartington Hall. Speaker, Galloping History Symposium at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, April 2014; Horse Tales: Writing the Equine in Children's Literature at Homerton College, Cambridge University, UK, May 2016; Guildford Literary Festival, October 2016 and Wigtown Book Festival, UK, September 2017. Writing about Animals, Gladstone’s Library, February 2019.