Introducing the beautiful Harbledown…
We are developing a series of stories for an urban fox named Harbledown through my work with Catching Lives. These stories are rooted in the emotions and experiences of our homeless community and provide an amazing outlet for expression and artistic therapy, while producing something of enormous value. The first of the books from Harbledown’s series is due for publication in 2017.
Harbledown is a young fox, whose parents were tragically killed in a fox hunt. Injured and traumatised, Harbledown anticipates death too, until a large, loving dog named Biggles intervenes. But this story of loyalty and rescue is far from straight forward. Pursued by a blood thirsty hound, Biggles and the young fox begin their journey toward city lights and the search for shelter, safety, warmth, food and hope.
Reasons for choosing the fox…
The urban fox is an animal that clients at Catching Lives can readily relate to – often maligned, beaten, misunderstood and victimised. It has been integral to much of the artwork produced. The fox first featured in the iconic map of Canterbury produced by Catching Lives clients.
As is often said…
“Harbledown is one of us.”
Walking in Harbledown’s Shoes
The places featured within the stories are those that mean most to our homeless community. Two of our clients have developed a brilliant tour of Canterbury titled “A Walk In Our Shoes”. The tour takes you around Canterbury following the steps taken by the homeless. These same steps are taken by Harbledown…
Photos from “A Walk In Our Shoes” tour
Art work for Harbledown’s stories
Choosing to write children’s books enables many to be involved in illustrating the stories. People express themselves in such different ways and we want as many people to access the opportunities offered.
All our fantastic stories will be illustrated by the incredibly talented clients at Catching Lives. You can see some of this work in Harbledown’s own artistic wall!
There is a whole section celebrating this beautiful art work.