I was born and raised in Cumbria, surrounded by fells, fields and forestry.
My adventures with ponies began back in 1990 with Little Pearl but they are still continuing now with my current herd: Maddy, Charlie and Holly who are all just as interesting and individual as Pearl was.
I’ve always loved reading, writing and drawing, especially about horses! I even did my final GCSE art work on horses.
Given that these were my early loves, it has come as no surprise that I’ve become an English teacher and school librarian. I still love reading books for young people, and introducing young people to the book that turns them into a reader is one of the highlights of my job. Some of my favourites are on the ‘Recommended Reads’ page.
I run a reading club and a writers and illustrators club at my school. In 2014 the club wrote and published a novel together and are currently working on a new book. Find out more on the ‘Keswick School’ page.
When I’m not riding, reading, writing or teaching, I’ll be busy at home looking after a variety of dogs, hens, ducks and geese!
My surname 'Haraldsen' is an old Scandinavian name and I inherited it from my grandfather who came from the Faroe Islands. Here's me in Norway in 2018 sporting a rather fetching viking helmet!