The Literary Catcast Podcast is dedicated to the preservation of vintage books and writings with cats as main characters, bringing their awareness into the modern form of a podcast.
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The Literary CatCast Podcast is the best place to discover audio stories that entertain with featured cats as main characters in both current, and out-of-print literature. If you love cats, love to read, don’t have time to listen to a long podcast, and maybe want to find a new book, or fall in love with a new cat character this is the podcast for you!
Why a Podcast about Cat Literature?
by Phebe Phillips
Cats have been very beneficial in my life. This blog post, Saved by a Cat explains a lot.
A female Huna Shaman once told me, “You will always be helped by boy cats.” According to Saved by a Cat, which happened years before meeting this Shaman, she was spot-on right!
In the eighties I read Cleveland Amory’s The Cat Who Came for Christmas. I saw him on The Today Show talking about his book. The cat, Simon, in the above blog post, had appeared in my life. I was so charmed by Simon, I immediately dashed to the bookstore to buy Cleveland’s book.
Now here we are in the years of the twenty-teens, and podcasts are popular. The podcasts I listened to were hours long—as in, I had to drive from Dallas to Austin to finish one. I attended a Podcast Meetup in August 2018. As I nestled into a seat on the back row, the speaker was talking about how a podcast could be any length…not hours long. I immediately thought of Cleveland Amory’s book. Plus, a little homeless cat had months before walked into my studio and fallen asleep under my desk. Today, that cat is my precious boy, Harold-of-God, and each night we share a pillow. You may follow him on Instagram at Harold-of-God.
Sitting in the back of that Meetup group, I searched on a domain host for The Literary Catcast; that title appeared in my thought stream out of nowhere. I had never even thought of it till that moment. It was available. A few months later the podcast came to life.
I have ordered books from many sources, most out of the U.K. It seems each book leads me to another book, or another writer. Some of the stories go back several hundred years. I enjoy stories that flow as I read them. As an example, I think the episode of The Fat Cat has perfect flow. For my taste, it’s an example of excellent writing. The readers imagination is carried through a beginning, middle, and end as you travel with this soldier. You can feel his emotions from the words written by the Q. Patrick collaboration.
I now feel an obligation to bring these vintage, wonderfully written stories into the modern form of a podcast. If I don’t, they will die off into obscurity. My great hope is that possibly eighty-or-so-years from now someone will find my podcast, as I have found these writers, and continue their stories into the modern form of that future time.
Many of the writers were journalists of WWI and WWII. They wrote about their cats as escape from the hardships of that time. From this, I have discovered a world of hidden writings about war, which is spinning off into The Literary Warcast. It does not have a launch date as of yet, due to the reading being so time consuming, but it will happen—it has to, to keep the writings alive.
I have no set schedule to release episodes, because as I mentioned the reading is very time intensive, so please subscribe to stay tuned, and tap the 5-stars if you listen on Apple Podcasts.
Cheers to cats, hot tea, excellent writers, and good story telling. Thanks for listening.