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Presented by children’s author Andrew Buller
www.andrewbuller.com @ABullerAuthor
Part 1
• Author, Illustrator, Designer, Consultant, Speaker
• Author of children’s book series ‘The Rhymers’
• Volunteer at Catch...
• Independent charity supporting rough
sleepers, homeless & vulnerably housed
in Canterbury & East Kent
“Our vision is of ...
• 2 year EU funding with partners in Spain, Italy, France
• “Enable clients to express their thoughts, feelings and
emotio...
Q: What masks do we hide behind?
• The Blank Page
• Anything goes
• Everyone & every idea valued
The Urban Fox – but why?
• “We can identify with it”
• Link with previous artwork
• Freedom of animal voice
• Produced the first fox print for
Catching Lives map
• “The Fox’s new talents – my
new talents”
• “Writing helps me make ...
Q: Why can our community relate to the urban fox so well?
Help
Vulnerable
Alone
Need
Justice
Equality
Respect
Misunderstood
Mistreated
Roaming
Scavenging
Victimised
Abused
• Fox hunt
• Parents of fox killed
• Fox rescued by kind dog
• Journey to Canterbury
• Arrive at Greyfriars shed
• Animals...
Fox - survivor
Weasel - evil
Squirrel - nutty
Badger - dependableRat - greedy
Dog - fierce Dog - rescuer
Seagull - crazy
• Jimmy & Keith - talent & knowledge incredible
• Story locations linked to walk
• Important places to homeless community
...
In search of the animal’s shed –
representing Catching Lives
Encourage as many as possible to get involved
Harbledown Hope
• Complete the story, illustrate & publish
• More books – Harbledown’s series
• Much more written & art work
• What talent within our clients
• What a positive use of time
• What development of new skills
• What an inspiration to o...
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)
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Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)

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Children's author Andrew Buller showcases the work undertaken with the amazing Catching Lives homeless clients at a literary festival in France. The work involves the writing and illustration of their own children's book "Harbledown Hope" that channels their own emotions and experiences through the eyes of a suffering urban fox. This is the first of two presentations given.

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Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 1)

  1. 1. Presented by children’s author Andrew Buller www.andrewbuller.com @ABullerAuthor Part 1
  2. 2. • Author, Illustrator, Designer, Consultant, Speaker • Author of children’s book series ‘The Rhymers’ • Volunteer at Catching Lives – use creative writing and arts skills to enable and inspire clients www.andrewbuller.com
  3. 3. • Independent charity supporting rough sleepers, homeless & vulnerably housed in Canterbury & East Kent “Our vision is of a society where all are included and all, no matter how disadvantaged, can make a contribution. ” www.catchinglives.org
  4. 4. • 2 year EU funding with partners in Spain, Italy, France • “Enable clients to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions through art work, photography, animation, film, poetry, drama and short story writing” • Long-term vision way beyond this funding • Key aims of the project:
  5. 5. Q: What masks do we hide behind?
  6. 6. • The Blank Page • Anything goes • Everyone & every idea valued
  7. 7. The Urban Fox – but why? • “We can identify with it” • Link with previous artwork • Freedom of animal voice
  8. 8. • Produced the first fox print for Catching Lives map • “The Fox’s new talents – my new talents” • “Writing helps me make sense of things” • Shared at creative writing workshop Oct 2015 – huge boost to self-confidence
  9. 9. Q: Why can our community relate to the urban fox so well?
  10. 10. Help Vulnerable Alone Need Justice Equality Respect Misunderstood Mistreated Roaming Scavenging Victimised Abused
  11. 11. • Fox hunt • Parents of fox killed • Fox rescued by kind dog • Journey to Canterbury • Arrive at Greyfriars shed • Animals try to feed fox • Fox close to death • Mother dog feeds fox • Hope of future for fox • Caring father figure revealed
  12. 12. Fox - survivor Weasel - evil Squirrel - nutty Badger - dependableRat - greedy Dog - fierce Dog - rescuer Seagull - crazy
  13. 13. • Jimmy & Keith - talent & knowledge incredible • Story locations linked to walk • Important places to homeless community • Walk part of 3-day EU Litfest
  14. 14. In search of the animal’s shed – representing Catching Lives
  15. 15. Encourage as many as possible to get involved
  16. 16. Harbledown Hope
  17. 17. • Complete the story, illustrate & publish • More books – Harbledown’s series • Much more written & art work
  18. 18. • What talent within our clients • What a positive use of time • What development of new skills • What an inspiration to others

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