Author details

Charles Ashton

Biography

Brought up in Fife, Sussex and Perth. Went to university in Edinburgh, where I photocopied my first fifty poems and flogged them for my cider money (1 set of poems = 5 shillings = 2 pints of cider). Went on to study German poet Hoelderlin and so became Dr Ashton. So what else? Worked on farms, historic house restoration, had lots of children, newspaper editor, gardner, just whatever helped us limp along when the money was tight. Had a sort of smallholding and hope to go back to that again soon (I'm a proper country boy, me). Still married, still forgiven. Still going strong with the stories, but I don't like it as much as writing poetry.

Local authority where they are based

Fife

Local authorities where they can work

Fife

Age groups

0-4, 9-12

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

Yes

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

Ruth and the Blue Horse

Ruth and the Blue Horse

Author(s): Charles Ashton
Where Ruth used to live there were lots of different animals - ducks and hens and geese and goats. But in the new house there are only the family's seven cats, even the kittens have gone.
The Boy who was a Bear

The Boy who was a Bear

Author(s): Charles Ashton
The bear-people have an amazing gift - they are able, by magic, to take off their skins and take on human form. But if their bearskins are destroyed, they must stay in their soft man-skins forever.
The Snow Door

The Snow Door

Author(s): Charles Ashton
On the train to school, Barbara is writing a story about the Pleasant Land, which is reached through a magic doorway. But at a certain point she always gets stuck.
Time Ghost

Time Ghost

Author(s): Charles Ashton
It's while staying at his Great Aunt Rosie's house during the summer holidays that Olly first comes across Old Ronnie, the ramshackle tenant of derelict Minglo Hall, Old Ronnie sees somethin
Billy's Drift

Billy's Drift

Author(s): Charles Ashton
"Whatever he tried to look at, whatever he tried to think of, it always came back to the one thought: a dog, a dog, a real living dog - a dog of his own..."; This is the story of Bil
Dragon Fire (The Dragon Fire Trilogy bind-up)

Dragon Fire (The Dragon Fire Trilogy bind-up)

Author(s): Charles Ashton
Extraordinary events transform the life of Sparrow after an encounter on the mountain with the wizard Puckel, who gives the boy three magical gifts: the ability to fly, to understand the speech of bir