Angus Management helps bring the Bristol Libraries Summer Reading Scheme to life

 To mark this year’s National Reading Challenge – Animal Agents – Bristol Libraries have invited local author Kirsten Hemingway to visit libraries across the region and share her stories about an animal detective called Angus Management.  Fictional detective, Angus, is an owl who lives in the Mendips near Bristol and solves puzzles and problems with his friends on Hellenge Hill.  The first illustrated series of these children’s stories will be launched in July 2017, as part of the tour of local libraries.

Angus Management characters are a diverse group including Foxy the Fox and Tom the Sheep, Jimmy Bob the Scouse Peacock and Grimacy Sideface the Cockney Pike.  They’re joined by Weg Liggling the Turkey from the American Deep South or Caroline the Greek Chicken.  All the characters work together to bring fun and laughter to Hellenge Hill.

The stories are beautifully illustrated by Upfest artist Lilly Nicholls of Southmead and songs and audio versions of the book are written and produced by Joe Mitchell. 

Lilly, Joe and Kirsten will be visiting the libraries throughout the summer to perform stories for children aged from 4 to 8.  Children will be encouraged to join in and help to solve the puzzles and mysteries. First editions of Angus Management Series One will be available to buy.

“A book can be a wonderful shared experience,” said Kirsten Hemingway.  “Performing the characters, with all their different accents and personalities, helps the children feel like the characters are real.  Each of the stories has a moral and they are designed to help children develop problem-solving skills.  The idea came from me giving voices to our pets for my own children.  We wanted to launch our locally-based stories in a way that benefits the community in and around the Bristol area.  We also hope to be visiting some of the libraries in North Somerset.”

Children at the libraries will be invited to make masks of the characters and then act out the stories while Kirsten reads them.  Every Library in Bristol will get a visit from the team and the schedule is below:




Come along and join in the fun, children are invited to dress as animals from Angus Management or to make masks when they get to the library.  The first series is available on audio from or on Amazon and the illustrated book of the series will be available at the libraries from the 25th of July.

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Angus Management is a wise owl.  He loves to sleep and play his guitar, but his clever mind is often in demand to help with any mystery or puzzle in Hellenge Hill.  Angus has lots of friends and stories to tell and his stories are available to download as audio books from our web site:

The books were released on Amazon in an Audio format and are going to be released printed in July.

Libraries across the UK are getting ready to introduce children to new worlds of facts and fiction through Animal Agents, the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge™, run by independent charity The Reading Agency.

Each year the Summer Reading Challenge to children is simple. They’re encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books just as long as they are borrowed from the library – during the holidays. There are smelly stickers to collect, plus a certificate & medal for every child who completes the Challenge! Children can sign up at their local library from mid-June onwards and all materials are absolutely free!


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