Talented storyteller overcomes dyslexia to pen fun-filled children’s book about St Edmund

Hatty Ashton, 24, of Bury St Edmunds, has published her own book There's a Head in My Bed aimed at three to seven-year-olds which tells the story of what happens to St Edmund's head before it is discovered. ANL-161114-162459009
Hatty Ashton, 24, of Bury St Edmunds, has published her own book There's a Head in My Bed aimed at three to seven-year-olds which tells the story of what happens to St Edmund's head before it is discovered. ANL-161114-162459009
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A talented storyteller has overcome her dyslexia to write a fun-filled and vibrant children’s book - creating a playful untold tale within the legend of St Edmund.

In ‘There’s a Head in My Bed’, debut author Hatty Ashton imagines what happened to St Edmund’s head after it was chopped off by the Vikings and thrown into a forest. It turns out, his head ‘boinged, bounced and bumbled’ into the beds of several animals who help him on his journey.

Illustration from 'There's a Head in my Bed' written by Hatty Ashton. Illustration by Joshua Rosewarne ANL-161211-105445001

Illustration from 'There's a Head in my Bed' written by Hatty Ashton. Illustration by Joshua Rosewarne ANL-161211-105445001

The 24-year-old, of Bury, said: “It’s very playful and all in rhyme. In the legend he gets stuck to a tree by arrows but I’ve changed the arrows to bogies.”

The book is also a personal milestone for Miss Ashton, who has struggled wiith dyslexia.

“I couldn’t read until I was 11-years-old and I never imagined I would be able to write a book,” she said.

The former King Edward VI School student was approached by St Edmundsbury Cathedral to oversee a story-telling project following her work at the Theatre Royal and Blackthorpe Barn.

After settling on the tale, she decided to publish it - but it was a recent course at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art which gave her the inner strength to do something she once never thought possible.

“The course really boosted my confidence,” she said. “Our tutors said you can do anything.”

Miss Ashton, who is artistic manager at theatre company Bring Out Your Dead Productions and a drama teacher, is due to hold a ‘There’s a Head in My Bed’ storytelling event at the cathedral in February.

The book, realeased ahead of St Edmund’s Day on Sunday, features illustrations by Joshua Rosewarne, of Bury. It is available from www.etsy.com now and soon from the Cathedral Shop.