Hoo goes there at Diss bookshop?

A compact disc featuring dramatic monologues about the Sutton Hoo treasure find will be previewed at Diss Publishing Bookshop on May 8.

Gold Under The Bed was created by Peppy Barlow, author of The Sutton Hoo Mob, and celebrates local archaeologist Basil Brown, who lived in Rickinghall and was responsible for discovering the famous treasure ship in 1939.

"Basil was very much a local character," said Miss Barlow. "For years and years he used to teach kids in Rickinghall archaeology. He was so Suffolk – one of those chaps who has quite a wry sense of humour."

The first monologue is of landowner Edith Pretty talking to her dead husband Frank on the day of the inquest, when she was deemed to be the owner of the treasure found on her estate.

The second is of Brown sitting on a grave mound in old age, recalling the summer of 1939 when he found the ship and all the dramas that ensued.

"At the time, neither Basil nor his wife May felt he got proper recognition but he is very much acknowledged in this production," said Miss Barlow.

"I found Basil's notes, diaries and letters to his wife in the archives at Ipswich Museum when I was researching The Sutton Hoo Mob for the Eastern Angles Theatre company.

"He did a stunning, wonderful job – you couldn't help but fall in love with him."

The CD features the voice of Rosemary Macvie, who played Mrs Pretty for the first production of The Sutton Hoo Mob with Eastern Angles in 1994.

Brian Hewlett, known to many as Neil Carter in The Archers, plays Brown.

Miss Barlow said: "Between them they tell the whole story of that extraordinary summer and a great deal else about their lives."

"And yes, they did hide the gold under the bed on the day it was found as there was not room in Mrs Pretty's small safe."

The event on May 8, 7.30pm, at Diss Publishing Bookshop will include a talk by Miss Barlow and an extract from The Sutton Hoo Mob performed by Ms Macvie and Mr Hewlett.

Tickets, priced at 5 including a glass of wine, are available from the bookshop in Mere Street or by calling 01379 644612.