A nurse, who was tormented as a child because of her dyslexia, has published her first book so youngsters won’t go through what she had to. Beth Montgomery created the colourful central character in The Back to Front World of Azzie Artbuckle, mirroring her own childhood, and drew all the striking illustrations as well as writing the story. “I was bullied beyond belief as a child and people thought I was stupid,” said the 43-year-old, who lives in Nottingham with her 14-year-old daughter Aariyanna. “People were horrific and I went through a really bad time. If people don’t understand you, they can really victimise you which can have a really bad long-term effect – I still get really, really, angry these days.” At one point, she felt so bad she tried to take her own life, an experience she says scared her so much she has never tried it again. That did not stop her adding a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University, plus a Nursing degree from the University of Nottingham. After stints as a teacher and a shoe designer, she became a qualified nurse and now looks after patients with Alzheimer’s disease in a Nottingham… Read full this story
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