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Doorkins Magnificat and Southwark Cathedral Presents: Stories of Cats

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“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”
Charles Dickens

Home to Doorkins Magnificat, Southwark Cathedral are delighted to be hosting this day all about cats.

Purr-fect for all cat lovers this day will include five different presntations. From famous domesticated felines to the the mighty Lion to what our feline friends are saying we are sure that there will be something for everyone.

Join us as we celebrate all things feline on what will be an ameowzing day!

Kimberlie Hamilton - Rebel Cats! Brave Tales of Feisty Felines

Fur-raising tales of real-life Rebel Cats! Discover secrets, stories and facts about history's most fascinating felines! An engaging collection about cats who are the heroes of their own stories, Rebel Cats introduces us to fur-raising facts and adventures from around the world and across the centuries. With profiles of over 30 real-life felines, including WWII heroes, courageous adventurers, a Guinness World Record holder and even an astrocat that travelled in space (and made it back to Earth to tell the tale). Plus tons of information on cat activism, feline myths and more! Rebel Cats is the perfect gift for any cat lover, all year round!

Kimberlie Hamilton is a nonfiction writer with an MFA degree in Screenwriting from the University of California in Los Angeles. She is passionate about animals and serves on the board of FixNation, a non-profit in LA that helps homeless cats and she also supports a number of UK charities (including Willows Animal Sanctuary, Cats Protection, the SSPCA and the PDSA). A prolific blogger with a passion for digital storytelling, specialising in travel, history, culture, human interest stories and various animal-related topics, she recently relocated to Scotland where she lives with four cats.

Kimberlie’s debut book for children, Rebel Cats is published by Scholastic and Rebel Dogs will be published in 2019.


Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle - Historical Ecclesiastical Cats

Join us for an amusing and informative tour of the cats of archbishops, bishops, clerics, monks, nuns, and anchorites, through the medieval and early modern period. We’ll cover everything from a 17th century archbishop’s imported luxury tabby cats to never-ending efforts of episcopal authorities to reduce medieval nuns’ devotions to their felines. And as we are in Southwark Cathedral, Doorkins’ medieval predecessors will appear, with their carefully cut-out cat doors in cathedrals and expense accounts for additional food that they might need in addition to mousing duties.

Author bio: Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle specialises in medieval and early modern animals and medicine. She has published widely on the history of animals, her books include ‘Cats in Medieval Manuscripts’ (British Library, 2019), ‘The Cat Book: Cats of Historical Distinction’ (Bloomsbury, 2015), ‘The Dog Book: Dogs of Historical Distinction’ (2014), ‘The Horse Book: Horses of Historical Distinction’ (2017) and ‘Medieval Pets’ (Boydell & Brewer, 2012).

Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle specialises in the history of animals in the medieval and early modern period. She is currently a research fellow at King’s College London on the Renaissance Skin project. Her publications include Medieval Pets (Boydell and Brewer), Medieval Cats (British Library), Medieval Dogs (British Library), The Cat Book: Cats of Historical Distinction (Shire Publications), The Dog Book: Dogs of Historical Distinction (Shire Publications), The Horse Book: Horses of Historical Distinction (Shire Publications), among others.


Sara Evans - When the Last Lion Roars

The illegal killing of Cecil - a famous and magnificent black-maned Zimbabwean lion - by an American big-game hunter in 2015 sparked international outrage. More significantly, it drew the world's attention to the devastating plight of Africa's lions.

A century ago, there were more than 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, with that population reduced by more than 90 per cent, many experts believe that without effective conservation plans, Africa's remaining wild lions could be completely wiped out by the mid-half of this century.

When the Last Lion Roars explores the historic rise and fall of the lion as a global species, and examines the reasons behind its catastrophic decline. Interwoven with vivid personal encounters of Africa's last lions, Sara Evans questions what is being done to reverse (or at least stem) this population collapse, and she considers the importance of human responsibility in this decline and, more crucially, in their conservation.

From the Lion Guardians in Kenya to the Living Walls of Tanzania, and the Hwange Lion Research Project in Zimbabwe, Sara meets both lions and their champions, people who are fighting to bring this iconic species back from the brink of extinction.

Sara Evans is an award-winning writer, specialising in travel and wildlife. Her work has featured in numerous publications around the globe, including the Sunday Telegraph, Saturday Telegraph Magazine, The Independent on Sunday, The Australian, The Boston Globe, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Africa Geographic.

A former speaker at Bradt travel-writing seminars, she is also the author of The Travel Industry Uncovered and The Real Life Guide to Travel and Tourism. After spending much of her time travelling and looking for some of the world s most amazing animals, Sara now lives in the Fens with her family.


Diana Darke - The Last Sanctuary in Aleppo: A Remarkable True Story of Courage, Hope and Survival

From Diana Darke, the acclaimed author of My House in Damascus and The Merchant of Syria, comes the extraordinary true story of a heroic ambulance driver who created a cat sanctuary in the midst of war-torn Aleppo.

"I'll stay with them no matter what happens. Someone who has mercy in his heart for humans has mercy for every living thing."

When war came to Alaa Aljaleel's hometown, he made a remarkable decision to stay behind, caring for the people and animals caught in the crossfire. While thousands were forced to flee, Alaa spent his days carrying out perilous rescue missions in his makeshift ambulance and building a sanctuary for the city's abandoned cats.

In turn, he created something unique: a place of tranquility for children living through the bombardment and a glimmer of hope for those watching in horror around the world. As word of Alaa's courage and dedication spread, the kindness of strangers enabled him to feed thousands of local families and save hundreds of animals. But with the city under siege, time was running out for the last sanctuary in Aleppo and Alaa was about to face his biggest challenge yet...

This is the first memoir about the war in Syria from a civilian who remains there to this day, providing both a shocking insider account as well as an inspiring tale about how one person's actions can make a difference against all odds.

Diana Darke was born in rural Wales to a German mother and a Professor of German father, Diana Darke seemed at first to be set on a German conveyor belt. Then as an Oxford undergraduate she suddenly jumped off it, switching from German & Philosophy to Arabic, and never looked back. After extensive government-sponsored language training that included a spell living with a Bedouin tribe near Wadi Rum, she worked for GCHQ and a variety of government departments for many years. Her travel writing began as a hobby after a holiday to Turkey, with her first guide published in 1986. She has now written 17 books, all on Turkey and the Middle East - the hobby has taken over.

In 2005 she bankrupted herself buying a semi-derelict 18th century courtyard house in the Old Walled City of Damascus, and spent the next three years restoring it. This extraordinary experience led her back into the academic world, and after completing an MA in Islamic Architecture, she is now studying for a PhD investigating the residential architecture of Old Damascus. The house is the focus of her book "My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis" first published March 2014, third edition February 2016 by Haus Publishing, London. In March 2019 it became available as an audio book.

In April 2018 her book "The Merchant of Syria: A History of Survival" was published by Hurst in the UK and by Oxford University Press in the US. Written in an original parallel structure, it alternates between a social economic history of Syria from the 20th century onwards and the biography of a Syrian textile merchant from Homs who lived from 1921 to 2013.

In April 2019 the book she co-authored with Syrian Alaa Al-Jaleel aka "The Cat Man of Aleppo" was published by Headline, an imprint of Hodder/Hachette, under the title "The Last Sanctuary of Aleppo". Alaa, an Arabic speaker only, is still inside Syria, in opposition-held Aleppo province, so Diana is his voice in the UK.
Mountaineering has also been a lifelong love, and she recently completed the ascent of Mount Ararat, pictured here, as part of her researches for a new Bradt guide to Eastern Turkey. She is married with two children, both born in Cairo.


Vicky Halls - Ten Things You Need to Know About Your Cat

Have you ever wondered what your cat would say if he or she could talk? Over the past 25 years, Vicky Halls (cat behaviour counsellor and author) has had many "conversations" with cats, where important information has been discovered about them during the course of a typical behaviour consultation in their owners' homes. Vicky reveals the top ten things that our cats are trying to tell us, discussing topics such as the ancestry of the cat and why it matters, the characteristics of the species, stress and its impact on their health, feeding, toilet habits and much, much more. Predominantly she reflects on the significance of the human-animal bond; why we love cats so much and what it feels like for the cat to be the object of our affection.

This is the talk that your cat would want you to attend!

Vicky Halls is an acclaimed Cat Behaviour Counsellor with over 15 years experience of treating behaviour problems in cats both in the UK and abroad.

She writes about her experiences in this unique role as well as giving some fascinating insights into why our cats behave as they do, in her international best selling books: Cat Confidental, Cat Detective, Cat Counsellor, The Complete Cat and The Secret Life of Your Cat. In 2008 Vicky was voted as the 'Nation's Favourite Cat Author' by the readers of 'Your Cat' Magazine.

Vicky contributes regularly to 'The Cat' and 'Your Cat' magazines as well as giving presentations and seminars to veterinary professionals both at home and abroad. She is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. She also sits on the Expert Behaviour Panel of International Cat Care (formerly the Feline Advisory Bureau).

To find out more about Vicky's work with cats you can visit her web site: www.vickyhalls.net


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International Cat Care

International Cat Care is a charity passionate about improving the care of all cats.

Pet cats, stressed cats, ill cats, homeless cats, free-living cats, old and young cats all have different needs, different problems and different approaches. And this is where we come in... 


For over 60 years we have been raising the standard of treatment and care provided to cats by veterinary surgeons, boarding cattery operators, those involved in rescue work, breeders and, of course, cat owners by providing the best information possible. Formerly known as the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB), our new name – International Cat Care – coincided with a dramatic increase in our international welfare work for unowned cats, demand for information from cat owners all over the world, and work with veterinary organisations worldwide.

We work with veterinary and welfare organisations all over the world, with a panel of feline veterinary medicine experts, with a feline expert behavior teamand with a welfare advisory panel. Additionally, individuals with expertise and experience in all areas of veterinary and cat care contribute to the charity to make sure that the level of information we provide to all cat owners and carers is second to none, is accurate and up to date.

Our veterinary division – the International Society of Feline Medicine – works with the veterinary profession across the world to provide cutting edge information for the veterinary care of cats and is recognised and respected for the standards it aspires to.

Since our founding in 1958 we have always been involved in projects to help stray, feral and unowned cats, but since 2012 this work has grown dramatically as we collaborate with and support many organisations around the world involved in cat welfare.

Catcuddles Sanctuary

Catcuddles is the dream child of a devoted pet lover and was inspired by her special-needs feline, Mr Cuddles, who is our feline mascot. We are a registered charity as of July 2012 and are entirely volunteer-run.

Through our network of fosterers, we aim to offer the best possible home-from-home environment to cats in need of affection, attention, rehabilitation and a new loving home.

Our cat-centric approach means we put kitties first; their welfare and comfort is paramount to us. We never bring in cats we have no exclusive space for and never keep them with us for longer than necessary before getting them adopted.

Our work with cats is entirely funded by public donations and legacies, and we hope we will soon have the critical mass to attract charity grants. Any reserve funding we have at times is put towards rescuing abandoned cats from perishing, particularly pregnant stray mums, vulnerable kittens, special needs adults and elderly cats. We also help with feral colonies, depending on resources and local community support.

We started our charity work in Greenwich (London) at the home of our founder. Soon, other volunteers added to our fostering network and the team is getting bigger. Our volunteer foster homes are currently mainly in SE London and NW Kent, but also in East London.







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