“There had been a cat-shaped space in my heart; but it is now filled up with Milly’s enchanting poems. Buy this book. It purrs.”
– Joanna Lumley, actress, goddess
“A PURRFECT poetic understanding of our wonderful feline friends and their amazing understanding of us humans and all for such a worthy charity too.”
– Rick Wakeman, musician, rock god
An illustration for “God’s Language”, one of my new poems.
A Cat-Shaped Space (2019)
A much-requested collection of poetry, illustrated throughout.
All profits will go to Yorkshire Cat Rescue.
I have always loved poetry, reading it and writing it, but really just for my own pleasure. Then I wrote poems on greetings cards, which was my bread-winning job for many years, then I began to perform some pieces. It never crossed my mind to compile them until I was at a gig at the Lamproom theatre and someone asked me where they could get hold of my poems and did I have a book of them? I didn’t, but it made me think that I could have a book of them and maybe sell it for charity. I’d been looking for a way to make some serious money for Yorkshire Cat Rescue (website yorkshirecatrescue.org), my affiliated charity – this was an ideal solution!
My website guy Stu is also an illustrator and jumped on board to add his expertise. We didn’t want a cheap pamphlet, we wanted something that would sit well on a bookshelf and/or you could give as a present and raise a titter. If you order it directly from me it will be signed and dedicated as you wish.
NB: THIS HAS ADULT CONTENT, IT’S NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.
So welcome to ‘A Cat-Shaped Space’ and so many great and good people have taken the time to read it and supply a quote. It’s been a lovely project to work on, daft and joyous and I never expected it to be endorsed by the likes of Jane Fallon, Ricky Gervais, Rick Wakeman, Sir Michael Parkinson, Joanna Lumley and my pals the Hairy Bikers – and more – but it has been. For the cats. Every single penny of profit will go to the charity, I can assure you of that.
So read, enjoy and thank you – from myself and Yorkshire Cat Rescue. And here’s hoping many of you are moved to think ‘There’s a Cat-Shaped Space on my lap, I think I’ll adopt a moggy’. Especially the old cats, who are an absolutely joy. Best thing I ever did adopt an old lad. We had two wonderful years with him. You see… a home without a cat is just a house.
Lots of love