Alice Maddicott is a writer and artist from Somerset, England and the author of Cat Women.
Late one summer Alice Maddicott was adopted by a beautiful old tabby cat called Dylan and together they shared six years of loving friendship. Alice collected second-hand photos – orphan images – and in her sadness after Dylan’s death, she pored over old photographs of women and their cats. Cats in gardens, cats on laps, cats in alleys and on steps, accompanied by women who were diffident and affectionate, fierce and whimsical, young and old.
What did these cats mean to these women who cared for them? Why have cat-owning women always been viewed with suspicion? And where did the Crazy Cat Lady stereotype come from when other cultures revere rather than fear this relationship. Feminist, literary and tender, Cat Women is a beautiful hymn to the feline and the female, the wild natures and domestic affections of this most beguiling of creatures and the women who love them.
A magical, thoughtful, and gloriously wonderful little book.
I adored this stylish and thoughtful little tribute to women and their cats… Looking at these images of these mostly anonymous women and their beloved felines…is also unexpectedly moving.
Alice’s work has spanned poetry, fiction and non-fiction (including travel and nature writing for Elsewhere Journal and the Waymaking anthology), writing installations and public art commissions such as The Car Boot Museum, and children’s television scripts (The Large Family, The Clangers).
Alice also has nearly two decades experience teaching, managing and fundraising for creative education projects across the country. Past and current clients include: Bath Festivals, The Roman Baths, Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts, 5x5x5=Creativity, Somerset Art Works, The Eden Project and many more.
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