Cat hosts a blog called The Place Between Stories, which is her excuse for having no straight answers to the question ‘What do you do?’ She stumbled across the Dark Mountain Project while poking around online one day in late 2009, in the beginning stages of recovery from a burned-out academic career in the arts and humanities. Immediately she was drawn to its refusal of easy formulas, and willingness to stay open to uncomfortable questions concerning the stories humans tell to justify themselves, and how to live without denial in the teeth of economic and ecosystemic collapse.
Despite (or thanks to) being more edge-teeterer than joiner, she made the long journey from her then-home in Berlin through the generative chaos and growth-pangs of the first two Uncivilisation festivals. Her essay ‘Wandering Around With Words’ was published in Dark Mountain book two.
The human and more-than connections that Cat has made through the Dark Mountain Project are a major source of inspiration and sustenance for her exploration and honouring of what it means to be ‘between stories’, from daily episodes of personal incoherence through to the outer rim of the Great Turning. A hand here and a foot always elsewhere, she writes, paints and makes photographs, co-hosts the London-based Dark Mountain Photo and Visual Arts Group, is involved in creative plotting for the next Uncivilisation, stands on the verge of learning permaculture, and appears to be moving to the West Country.