‘Beware the Cat’ artist Penny McCarthy interviewed in The Guardian

'Your cat is watching you' Guardian article

A piece in The Guardian today by Arifa Akbar about new stage show ‘Beware the Cat’ includes an interview with Fine Art reader Penny McCarthy. The article “‘Your cat is watching you!’ The fearless felines hidden by their author”, by Arifa Akbar, appeared in The Guardian on Tuesday 25th June 2019. “William Baldwin concealed his 16th-century book Beware the Cat because of […]

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Penny McCarthy’s gallery of ‘Beware the Cat’ series of illustrations

Two Cats Talking - Beware the Cat series (c) Penny McCarthy

Fine Art Reader Penny McCarthy writes about the research behind the Beware the Cat series of illustrations in a new blog post on the project’s website. The gallery of ink and brush illustrations are a response to Penny’s reading of the 16th Century text written by William Baldwin. Researchers from the disciplines of Fine Art, Theatre, Literature, and Linguistics at the University […]

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Penny McCarthy’s illustrations at performance of ‘Beware the Cat’ at the Royal Shakespeare Company – Saturday 06 July 2019

Image from Beware the Cat by Penny McCarthy & RSC logo

Beware the Cat  The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon Saturday 06 July, 5PM  Free but ticketed   This funny, satirical one-hour performance emerges from a collaborative process between artists and academics responding to the first ever English novel by William Baldwin. A tall tale of magical attempts to understand the language of cats, with unique artworks representing the cat-world by artist Penny […]

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Penny McCarthy’s illustrations at performance of ‘Beware the Cat’ at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts – Friday 10 May 2019

Image from Beware the Cat by Penny McCarthy

The world’s first ever English novel – a little known satire of magic and religious controversy written during a time of immense political and social change across England and Europe – has been brought to life by researchers at the Universities of Sussex, Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam. The novel, Beware the Cat, was written in 1552 before many of the more […]

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‘Beware the Cat’ – Reader in Fine Art Penny McCarthy featuring as part of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind

Cat Shadow Puppet – one of the specially commissioned images for the performance (Beware the Cat, Festival of the Mind) by Penny McCarthy

“With colleagues from the School of English at Sheffield University and Sussex University, I have been working on a research collaboration to create a piece of theatre based on William Baldwin’s Beware the Cat (c. 1552). We will be presenting the first performance at Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind in autumn 2018. Beware the Cat was written in the midst of religious controversy, by […]

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September’s Festival of the Mind programme features Fine Art researchers Chloë Brown, Penny McCarthy and Yuen Fong Ling

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This September brings the return of the Sheffield Festival of the Mind, a unique collaboration between our academic colleagues and experts from Sheffield’s cultural and creative industries. Chloë Brown and Yuen Fong Ling are presenting artists’ talks at the Spiegeltent over the next couple of weeks, in collaboration with Making Ways. Penny McCarthy will also be showing a new series of over 100 […]

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