UK presenter talking dogs on the Isle of Wight

A familiar face and voice on television and radio, Clare Balding CBE has been described as one of Britain’s national treasures. Famous as a sports presenter since 1998, she has achieved a BAFTA Award for her efforts and anchored seven Olympic Games, Six Paralympic Games and numerous editions of the Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games and this year is providing commentary for Wimbledon.

However, in autumn this year she will be travelling to the Isle of Wight for its famous Literary Festival in an entirely different capacity that highlights here keen canine interests. As an author, Balding will be attending the October festivities to share her love of Britain’s beloved family pet the dog, which is the topic of her recent book which was released through Penguin Books late last year.

Dubbed “Isle of Dogs”, the non-fiction titled digs deep into her fascination with the impact that our four-legged friends have on our daily lives as well as their pride of place in the country’s continuing story. Within its pages, Balding explore some of the UK’s favourite dog breeds and delves into their unique characteristics. She also studies why we are attracted to them and the qualities they bring out in people and the way they affect their lives. The book also sees her talk to Britons who depend on dogs for their everyday survival and for professional people who work with them.

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival will begin on Thursday, October 3 and run until Sunday, October 6.