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Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 2)

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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 second of two presentations given.

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Andrew Buller presenting Harbledown Hope with Catching Lives (Part 2)

  1. 1. Presented by children’s author Andrew Buller www.andrewbuller.com @ABullerAuthor Part 2
  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. • 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
  9. 9. Just like us???!! Where could we get our inspiration from?
  10. 10. • Historical research • Overseer of animals • Links with Canterbury Dick Sheppard (1880-1937) • Dean of Canterbury • Work with homeless in London • Peace Pledge Union • Buried in cathedral & own stained glass window
  11. 11. • Cruella de Vil type character • Brainstorming characteristics & potential plot lines/back story Character ideas: Angular, rigid, sharp, stick-like, piercing voice, cunning, softly sinister, sly grin, whistle through gap in teeth (filled with gold), aggressive, happy whenever killing, love of fur, bling, corset bursting figure, long black boots
  12. 12. Hunchback “Bishop O’Keefe with the mouldy teeth”
  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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