Silly Saxons and valiant Vikings can enjoy storytelling and craft making in an hour-long adventure filled with imagination and creativity on July 28.
Following the success of last year’s event, St Edmund’s head and his animal friends from the book “There’s A Head in My Bed” return to The Apex for more ridiculous rhymes, terrific trails and creative crafts.
St Edmund, the ninth century king of East Anglia, was the first patron saint of England. According to a 10th century account, Edmund was bound to a tree, shot through by arrows and beheaded. A wolf protected the head until it was found by Edmund’s followers, who reunited it with his body.
“There’s A Head in My Bed” is written by Hatty Ashton and illustrated by Joshua Rosewarne.
Born and bred in Bury St Edmunds, Hatty is thrilled to be asked to bring Ed back to The Apex.
“I get so excited to share my version of the St Edmund myth with friends and family, but when I do the book with groups of children at school readings and events, the response always blows my mind. Somehow they get even more excited about it than I do!”
Hatty, who studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, certainly does “do” the book.
Rather than just reading it out, she inhabits each character Ed bumps into with a plethora of silly voices and actions, which she demands everyone, even mums and dads, join in with.
Hatty has dyslexia and found learning to read an arduous task, but says that rhyming books made a world of difference to her progress.
“When you are a dyslexic you have to find what works for you. As a child reading (or trying to read), I found rhyming books much easier, as the musicality encouraged me and humour kept me engaged. This was a miracle, bearing in mind I would much rather have been making mud pies or up a tree somewhere!”
Recommended for ages three to seven, ‘There’s a Head in My Bed’ activities at The Apex on Saturday, July 28, start from 12.30pm, with hourly storytelling, craft sessions and a self-led character trail.
Tickets are £13, which includes a copy of the book and parents/carers attend free of charge.
Ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see the website www.theapex.co.uk for more details, or to book.