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Comic verse writer Ann Lovelace, cartoonist Helen Percival and designer Tom Gallant have created a book of whimsical poetry and imagery called Disgraceful Cats in aid of Orpheus. The book shares stories about the mischief and mishaps among our feline friends - in a bid to raise a smile and money for Orpheus where the students, through the arts, develop their skills and confidence.
Ann, 84, is a retired teacher and author from Tatsfield, Kent and has volunteered at the Centre, supporting the students and fund-raising for the last 20 years. Mother of two and grandparent of five, Ann has published 11 books and is a regular on the speaking circuit, raising awareness and donations for Orpheus. She says, “Hundreds of young people’s lives have been transformed by their Orpheus experience and amazing talents have been unlocked and nurtured."
Painter and web designer Helen, 60, from Sutton, started creating quirky illustrations called The Loonatic Cat three years ago. She was inspired by her own pets, Khali and Saffi, which are Turkish Van cats.
Helen met Ann at the David Lloyd tennis club in Croydon and the pair decided to create a fun book together. They later met Tom through the club, who designed the cover and layout.
Helen said: “I was inspired by my own cats and their colourful characters. I think most cat lovers will relate to the pictures and stories in this book. Tom has also done a super job of putting it together.”
“All proceeds of the book will go to The Orpheus Centre, which helps young people to be the best they can and be as independent as possible.”