Harbledown Hope written and illustrated by Catching Lives
Harbledown Hope is the first book to be written and illustrated by the incredibly talented clients at Catching Lives and co-authored by Andrew Buller. It is about a young orphaned fox’s traumatic journey, drawing on the challenges and experiences faced by the homeless. It is a story of hardship, pain, loss and discrimination, but through friendship, courage and sacrifice, comes hope.
“Harbledown is one of us”
Harbledown Hope has been inspired by the experiences of the clients at Catching Lives. The choice of an urban fox to represent homelessness with its many ups and downs resonated with the emotions expressed by our community. Harbledown’s emotional and physical journey, wandering a lonely road, maligned and misunderstood, has given a strong voice to the many contributors. Illustrating the written word has included many more clients and produced a truly collaborative mix of styles and talents. The fox’s progress through Canterbury links closely with the “Walk In Our Shoes” guide to the city produced by the homeless at Catching Lives. The story is set just after the Second World War, but today’s visitors and residents of Canterbury will recognise every step of the way.
Harbledown represents the suffering and pain
As the author and illustrator of children’s books, it has been a great privilege to share this journey, helping clients to recognise they have a voice and that they can share their many and varied talents. From its brainstorming birth, through story-boarding, research and the craft of writing with many revisions, every contribution has been valued. Laughter has erupted regularly. As you read this story, you will realise that Harbledown represents the suffering and pain experienced by so many here at Catching Lives, but through community and the love, kindness and courage of others, there is a future and a hope.
Harbledown showcases such talent
The mix of artistic styles throughout this book showcase the wonderful talent within our community. Pages from the book below demonstrate this beautifully…
Harbledown’s inspiration to others
Harbledown Hope is so much more than a book. It is the culmination of countless conversations, experiences and emotions. Through perseverance and determination, this work has been a significant confirmation of each individual’s self-worth. Hopefully, it will be an inspiration to others. It has been an honour to work with the incredibly talented community of Catching Lives on this project.