Local mystery at heart of new book

May 29 2015

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of his successful first book, 'The Bristol Giants', Oliver Rigby will be treating children to another tall tale adventure. This time, to uncover the mystery behind the boats in Leigh Woods.

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of his successful first book, 'The Bristol Giants', Oliver Rigby will be treating children to another tall tale adventure. This time, to uncover the mystery behind the boats in Leigh Woods.

'The Bristol Giants and the Severn Seas' shares the story of how the 'Withdrawn' boats – a project created by Bristol artist Luke Jerram and commissioned by the National Trust – appeared in the middle of the forest.

It follows the same theme as Oliver's first book, which told the tale of how the Avon Gorge was formed by two loveable giants – Goram and Ghyston – fighting for the affection of Princess Avona.

Oliver, a dad of two young boys, said: “Our first book brought a forgotten local folklore of how the Avon Gorge was made back to life through the legend of Goram and Ghyston. We wanted children’s imaginations to run wild, encouraging them to learn more about the local landscape and the city they live in.

“Now, this second story encourages children to think about how these boats have ended up in the woods. The idea is that if parents read the story to their children at bedtime and then surprise them the next day with a visit to Leigh Woods they can discover the playful fishing boats and bring the story to life.”

His latest book, which is free to download online, tells of how Ghyston – who won Princess Avona's heart in the previous book – has to keep his giant beard clean to please her.

Ghyston's interaction with the five fishing boats, which he discovers while cleaning his beard in the Severn Estuary, results in them being returned to the woods and trees, where they were made.

Illustrated by local artist Tom Bonson, 'The Bristol Giants' books show many familiar Bristol sites, including Clifton Suspension Bridge and Blaise Castle, and are created to encourage families to explore the city.

The Withdrawn exhibition is open from 9am-5pm until September 6. For more information, visit: www.trustnewartbristol.org.

To download 'The Bristol Giants and the Severn Seas', visit: www.bristolgiants.co.uk.