Victoria Fifield, a creative community worker on the Safe Harbour: Open Sea team has just launched her second book! Mirage is based on Victoria’s experience on a project in Rahat, the world’s only Bedouin city, and combines her craft of graphic design and words wonderfully.
Victoria’s plan was simple: she would single-handedly reinvent the cultural identity of the city’s formerly nomadic community, repair intergenerational bonds and reimagine a culture of traditional storytelling. On paper, it all looked straightforward. However, the reality was quite the reverse.
Mirage is a story of failure and frustration. Of plans and promises evaporating into thin air. Of how one woman set out to change the world, but ended up in a deserted portacabin playing backgammon.
Told with humour, humility and honesty, Mirage offers a rare glimpse of one of the world’s most rapidly changing cultures, explores the challenges of working with communities as an outsider, and beautifully illustrates the Bedouin proverb ‘we learn little from success but much from failure’.
You can find out all about Victoria Fifield, Mirage, and also her first book Pieces From A Broken Land on her website: https://www.hipsterspinster.co.uk/