Freddie hopes to inspire with children’s book

PUBLISHED: 16:30 27 November 2015

Freddie Woodcock, pictured with grandchildren Izabella Woodcock, Beau Watson, and Jay Woodcock, and copies of his book, The Secret Coin.

Freddie Woodcock, pictured with grandchildren Izabella Woodcock, Beau Watson, and Jay Woodcock, and copies of his book, The Secret Coin.

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A Brixington grandfather, who has overcome dyslexia to write his first novel, is hoping to encourage others to write.

Freddie Woodcock, 67, of Holly Walk, was inspired by his family to write The Secret Coin, a children’s adventure story in which the main characters are his three grandchildren, Jay, Izabella and Beau.

Freddie wrote the book with the aid of a computer programme, Dragon Dictate, which takes down spoken words and reads them back to the user, and is calling on others with dyslexia to follow his example.

He said: “I would just encourage people with dyslexia to have a go, because everyone’s got a story in them, and other people with dyslexia can achieve what I have done.

“If I can help people to come up with books, even just one person, I will feel I have achieved something.”

Freddie, whose book will be the first in a Grandad’s Stories series, says he was encouraged to write by his children, who remember him telling them bedtime stories when they were young, and now carry the tradition on with their own children.

He said: “I have been quite a good storyteller for many years, so I have been told, and my children inspired me to write a book before it was too late.

“I took up the challenge, and two years later this is the result.

“It’s a great satisfaction. It’s something I always wanted to do, but never had the courage, but with the help of technology and the support of my family, I have been able to achieve that.”

Freddie, who along with wife Debbie is a long-standing member of Exe Sailing Club, is launching his book at the club in Shelly Road on Saturday, November 28, between noon and 3pm.

The event is open to the public, and there will be children’s games, a reading and a book signing.

The book, which also features illustrations by Freddie’s nephew Rob Steele, is available to buy online from Amazon. It will also be available from Peter Dixon Chandlery in Pilot Wharf, from Franklins in the Strand, or direct from Freddie by email: fredndeb@btinternet.com

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