Cath Tate to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour

Cath Tate, a mainstay of the humorous card publishing scene has notched up many great achievements to her name – and next Wednesday (28 March), she adds another one – appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, which has almost 4 million avid listeners.

For over seven decades BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, presented by Jenni Murray, has charted a social and political revolution in women’s lives – and this now extends to female cartooning.
For over seven decades BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, presented by Jenni Murray, has charted a social and political revolution in women’s lives – and this now extends to female cartooning.

Cath, the namesake of the eponymous card company she runs with her daughter Rosie, will be interviewed by Woman Hour’s legendary presenter Jenni Murray about a new book, entitled The Inking Woman, which celebrates 250 years of women cartoonists and comic artists, featuring many of the women Cath has published on cards and postcards over the years.

Cath co-wrote the book with illustrator and graphic artist, Nicola Streeten, who will also be appearing on the 10am radio programme,.

The front cover of the Inking Women book, which launches on March 29.
The front cover of the Inking Women book, which launches on March 29.

The book is a follow on from an exhibition of the same name that was held at The Cartoon Museum in London last year.

The ever laidback Cath says that the exhibition and book have been a long time coming.

“I started publishing postcards using work by women cartoonists in the 1980s and realised how many really good cartoonists were around that were virtually unknown. I wanted then to have an exhibition to show people how much talent there was then and finally, some 25 years later, we made it happen!” Cath summed up.

The Inking Woman book is published on 29 March by Myriad costing £19.99.

Cath Tate (in red) at the Inking Women book launch with some of the inking women!
Cath Tate (in red) at the Inking Women book launch with some of the inking women!

Cath Tate is now full steam ahead on her next challenge, to ready new card ranges in time for their launch at PG Live in June (June 5 and 6).

The imminent Women’s Hour coverage comes during a rich seam of consumer publicity for the greeting card scene – including major Mother’s Day features on the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo DriveTime, on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as substantial coverage in the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Mirror and Sun about the broadening of the card captions for the second Spring Season.

 

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