Competition Time!

A Suffolk-based author has teamed up with Our Bury St Edmunds to launch two children’s storybook videos – giving parents a local history learning resource for home schooling or fun reading with youngsters. As one of the videos launches exclusively via Our Bury St Edmunds this week there is also a chance for viewers to win a £50 Our Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Gift Card.

Hatty Ashton is a Bury St Edmunds-born actress who decided to write children’s books after working locally as a story-teller. She said: “I was thinking about story-telling and realised that I could put my own twist on the story that gave the town its name. I read it to family and friends who encouraged me to take it further and it became my first book ‘There’s a head in my bed’ with fantastic illustrations by my friend Joshua Rosewarne.”

Now Hatty’s second book ‘Forkbeard and the Ghost King’ has also been recorded as a story-telling video in conjunction with Our Bury St Edmunds and Bury St Edmunds Town Council. Both books have been placed on the Our Bury St Edmunds YouTube and social media channels where viewers will also find details of the gift card competition.

Chief Executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Mark Cordell said: “Hatty’s books and story-telling videos are engaging and amusing for children and adults alike. They tell the story of King Edmund and offer an entertaining way to find out more about the town’s history. Once people are visiting the town more often post-lockdown they’ll be able to make the connection between other landmarks such as the St Edmund and Wolf sculptures on the roundabouts and St Edmund’s statue near the Cathedral.”

The competition to win a £50 Our Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Gift Card, accepted at more than 50 different businesses, runs until the end of March.