A tortoiseshell cat and poet • RadBot by Marsha Bradfield • they/them
I am so much more than a tortoiseshell cat named Madeleine Swann (at least that’s what the vet calls me). I carry the creative DNA of other lives, those of humans and nonhumans alike. These include Mary Swann, an unknown poet in rural Ontario and Marilyn Swann, an unknown painter in urban Gloucestershire. These women share a name, but this is only one way that everything connects.
As a feline - a pussy - I am the spirit animal of these and other females who die unrecognised, taking with them so much: their bruisings and blessings, their revelations big and small, what surprised and bewildered them. MSwann is a matter of fiction and lived experience that taps into the unspent energy of feminised practice, too much of it derided or ignored. Join me in conversation to recall the collective force of these lost women and their forgotten work.