The Author Making Welton His Home

Roy Ramsay, originally from London, has recently returned to England after living in France for 17 years and has settled with his wife in the village of Welton.

Born in Hounslow in West London, Roy grew up in Clapham and was a teacher for 31 years before making the decision to move to France, “The move was due to wanderlust and a little bit of adventure… which turned into 17 years!” chuckles Roy. After their grandchildren had grown up and the large house they were living in became a bit too big for them, they decided to downsize, return to England and eventually settle in Welton. “We think Welton is wonderful and the community is very welcoming – it is just smashing.” says Roy.

Alongside his role as Headteacher, Roy also spent his time as a freelance writer. “I loved essay writing at school, which I know is probably a bit odd! But I went from that to submitting articles and interest pieces to local newspapers and interest magazines.” Roy’s stories and articles have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Time Out, Camping and Caravanning, New Zealand Gardener, The Listener, Woman’s Day (Aus), Canal and Riverboat and numerous other national and local magazines and newspapers. Broadcasts include Radio London and BBC Radio 2.

Alongside various articles, Roy has also always written children’s stories. During his time as a secondary school Headteacher, a responsibility of his was as Primary Liaison and he would often tell stories at the primary schools which he believes is where some of his own stories grew from.

On publication of his recent children’s book, ‘The Grandad Whose Head Fell Off’, it was voted ‘Best Book’ in the English Magazine ‘Et Cetera’ in France and was illustrated by Sylvia Farrow, a well-known wildlife artist and international book illustrator.

“I mentioned my story to an old friend, and I didn’t know at the time, but his wife was an artist quite well known in her field.” Roy explains. After looking around for an artist to collaborate with for this self-published project, Sylvia offered to illustrate his book after reading it and liking the story.

‘The Grandad Whose Head Fell Off’ is inspired by Roy’s relationship with his own Grandson, Anthony, and he managed to publish the book in time for his 21st birthday. “The story evolved from when I used to take my grandson to the local park, and so I sort of based it around events there with how he would fall over the dry paddling pool and that sort of thing… and so would I occasionally!” Roy happily recalls, “I thought well suppose if I fell over and fell to bits? And that is where the silliness came in and it evolved from there.” After gifting it to his grandson, he recalls Anthony saying “Even if you’d offered me a thousand pounds, I would have rather had the book” proving this really was a labor of love.

Roy explains that there is a second book in the works which will follow Grandad’s trip ice-skating, “You can imagine what happens then!” Roy laughs. Sylvia will also be returning to illustrate this second installment.

You can purchase ‘The Grandad Whose Head Fell Off’ RRP. £5.95 at Welton Newsagents, online via Waterstones or Amazon, or it can be ordered at any bookshop.