Alice Maddicott

Alice Maddicott

Creativity | History

Alice Maddicott is a writer and artist from Somerset, England. Her work has spanned poetry, writing installations, children’s television scripts (The Large Family, The Clangers), travel and nature writing, including for Elsewhere Journal and the Waymaking anthology, as well as public art commissions such as The Car Boot Museum. For nearly two decades she has worked on creative education projects and run writing workshops with young people. She lives with two rescue cats, Tariel and Sindri, and Ptolemy the tortoise who she’s had for 35 years.

CAT WOMEN: AN EXPLORATION OF FELINE FRIENDSHIPS AND LINGERING SUPERSTITIONS

CAT WOMEN: AN EXPLORATION OF FELINE FRIENDSHIPS AND LINGERING SUPERSTITIONS

Poignant, illuminating and beautiful

‘This thoughtful and gorgeously presented book, elevates the often derrided topic, women’s relationships with their cats, to something profound and illuminating. What I particularly loved was how the author manage to create something deeply personal but also well researched and universal. This book is the perfect gift for a thoughtful person who values the important and often mysterious bond we have with our furry friends. The found photographs are an absolute joy.’

Alice

A sweet and quirky book for cat lovers

‘This is a book in two parts. The introduction recounts recounts the author’s love for a special cat, and becomes an interesting account of the historic associations between women and cats, often seen as suspicious – witches, crazy cat ladies – looking at the background of superstition as well as fascinating anecdotes about a few famous cat-lovers. The rest of the book is a collection of “found” historic photographs of women and girls with cats. Each photo is accompanied by a imaginative recreation of the relationship depicted, bringing the women and cats back to life in a few sympathetic fictional paragraphs.

A celebration of the bond between woman and cat, it’s a nice book for dipping in and out of, has a thought-provoking introduction, and would make a good present for a cat-loving friend.’

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