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Dyslexic Wick man publishes 526-page book


By David G Scott

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A man from Wick has managed to publish his first book despite struggling with dyslexia.

The 526-page book of short stories by Sean Begg, called Alone in My Heed, is for sale on Amazon as an eBook and includes his drawings and reflections on life.

Thirty-two-year-old Sean, who now lives in Edinburgh, says he created the short stories in his teenage years as a way of dealing with his dyslexia.

Despite struggling with dyslexia Sean Begg has published his first book.
Despite struggling with dyslexia Sean Begg has published his first book.

"It had first begun through my teenage life when I was struggling to find the right path," he said.

"I wrote many of my stories while in school and in my late teens."

Sean was born in Wick and attended the North primary school. Though he moved to Falkirk at the age of eight and Edinburgh two years later with his mum Julie, he still enjoyed visiting the town to see his grandparents.

"The North school really helped me with my dyslexia and I really love coming back to Wick. I think of it like home," he said.

Sean describes Alone in My Heed as an "in-depth and very heartfelt description" of the thoughts that went through his head in his often turbulent teenage years.

The cover of Sean's new book as featured on Amazon.
The cover of Sean's new book as featured on Amazon.

"The book surrounds itself in Gothic fairy tales where my artistic expression comes to life."

His mother Julie Sutherland hails from Wick and said she is very proud of her son for creating the book.

"It's going to be even better when the paperback version comes out next week," she said.

"It has not been easy for Sean growing up with the severe dyslexia that he has. He's a very creative person and very sensitive too. I think that really comes across in the book."

Julie's sister Linda Macleod, who also lives in Edinburgh, said about her nephew's achievement: "This eBook is reflective and insightful. It took great courage for Sean to bare his intimate thoughts and feelings growing up with the severity of his dyslexia.

"I’m very proud of him and want to encourage people to read it. We have much to learn, on what it’s like for someone like Sean living with dyslexia and how it impacts on everything he does on a daily basis.

"Can you ever imagine that you just can’t read or write, no matter how hard you try?"

Linda said she commends Sean for the "tremendous courage" needed to publish the book and reveal his innermost thoughts and fears.

"I hope it inspires anyone who is severely dyslexic to know that anything is possible," she said.

"Sean always loved writing stories and drawing, this eBook is testimony to how creative and inspirational he is."

Alone in My Heed by Sean Begg is priced £5 and available on Amazon at this link www.amazon.co.uk/Alone-My-Heed-Sean-Begg-ebook/dp/B08DDHD7F6

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