B. D. Harris | Children's Book Author and Illustrator
B.D. Harris is a children's writer and illustrator, living in Woodstock, Cape Town. His first book, seven, was our debut publication. Although strangely fantastic at first, his writing embraces a kind of imagination that draws out real human stories of hope and fatherhood.
"Harris has a kind of magic in his writing fingers which makes [seven] a lovely book for children. Not quite a novel, not quite a collection of stories, filled with surprise and delight, with suspense and relief, illustrated with wit and imagination, it marks the start of a very promising career." - Imraan Coovadia
Why do you write?
Harris: I'm not entirely sure. A little bit, but not entirely. I enjoy it, that much I can say. I love imagining what I used to see the world like as a child. Drawing on that innocence to depict the imaginary in everyday life is pretty darn wonderful.
When did you start writing?
Harris: I grew up in George and, as a small town boy, it was necessary to find something that would occupy my free time. I could only climb the tree outside so many times. So, I began to read, write and draw (and quite a bit).
I wrote my first short story in Grade 2. It was a terrible spin-off of a Goosebumps novel that I'd only read the back page blurb of in our local library, but the experience left me wanting to grow into a writer. After studying a BA in English and Classics, I soon realised that storytelling has a far greater reach than only written words. In fact, my love of illustration began to feed my writing and vice versa. I illustrate for the same reason that I write now, and that is to tell a specific story of specific intention.
My love for God has left me in wonder of how children see the world, and trying to understand their viewpoint more and more. That's why my style tends to reflect this exploration most of the time. That perhaps they are all the wiser for being so innocent, and how wonderful that is.
What is the power behind a story?
Harris: What always comes back to me is a memory of travelling along the N2 as a kid, and to pass the time my dad would make up a fantastic story each trip. I was engrossed every time, and almost every single story he told us is still with me today. They weren't epics and he's never even written them down, but they impacted my imagination so much. Those moments are when I first began to understand the power of storytelling.
seven by B. D. Harris
Step into the marvellous world of B. D. Harris’ tales for children and adults alike. Seven illustrated short stories magically explore fatherhood and loss, and amongst his gobbledygleeps or leapityleaps, you’ll find yourself beginning to imagine the most wonderful new worlds.
Only 100 copies are being printed as the limited first edition, and every copy is signed and noted by the author. The limited first edition is a classically designed hardcover of royal blue fabric and titled in silver foil.
"When I opened my eyes, it didn't make sense. The world was upside down and leftways and rightways. Things were on their head! I didn't know how to think of what I saw, because I'd never seen them before. There were rumplebuffs and slipperydoos, and hinklewoks and jinglepops, hippityhops, leapityleaps and a whole bundle of gobbledygleeps! How else do you describe a world made of magic? It was like nothing else, so nothing could describe it quite like imagined words." - an excerpt from seven
You can find out all the juice yourself by purchasing a limited-edition copy of seven right now. Or perhaps publish your own nail-biting nosh?