Welcome to Grimalhame Press. Based in Tyneside, Grimalhame Press is an independent label specialising in children's illustrated fiction - sword and sorcery but with cats. Details of all the books under this label can be found below. We are still adding things to this site so it is still a continuous work in progress, but we will keep you updated on all the new things we have planned.

Last updated 24th December 2019

Angela Russell-MacGillesheathenach

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The Old Grimalkin Book of Thalaig


Learn about the religion and beliefs of Grimalkins with some words of wisdom from our most venerable elders of days past.

Pay Imeldra Moonpaw a visit and discover a little more about the most ancient and magical Clowder of Grimalhame

Around the Clowder


Discover more about the Clowder of Grimalhame and the various objects and curiosities around our home.



Learn about the Houses and great families of Arcadia and the clans of the north

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The Grimalkin Oracle has been in production since 2013 but due to other book commitments, it has been on hold until now.  Some of the cards have already been created and the guide book is now in the early stages of being written. Hopefully it should be completed in 2019 as there are many illustrations that need to be created from scratch.


The oracle cards created so far feature illustrations from Dance of the Fire Cat and The Ocean Lord, as well as mixed media and digital images relating to the books. All of the cards relate to the Clowder of Grimalhame and the world of the fire cat.

  Grimalhame Press are pleased to announce we will be hosting a major art exhibition at Newcastle Keep/Black Gate in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, our home city in the heart of the North. While setbacks and ill health have put the exhibition back at least a year, the exhibition will still be going ahead. The project is still in the planning stage at the moment but work has been in production since November 2017 and is still in production despite all being quiet on the Western Front. Grimalhame Press assures you that, despite the lack of online and social media presence at times, the exhibition is very much an important part of our work and our future. In the mean time, please feel free to visit the new page which details the exhibition as it goes along. Bear in mind it is still under construction.


While the work is being created, the website is also being updated and added to so please be patient if things are not where they should be. It is a time-consuming and arduous task when there are only the two of you.

Best Wishes

Grimalhame Press.

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The Grimalkin Almanac in Four Parts - Winter

The Second Part Of The Grimalkin Almanac in Four Parts - Winter, is available now. The first part, Autumn, is already available from Lulu. com. Just click on the link below and it will take you to the page that will give you more information on the publication. Spring and Summer are also in production.

The Old Grimalkin Book of Hours

The Old Grimalkin Book of Hours is a compilation of observances, quotes and sayings written by Grimalkins for Grimalkins. The Book has a pearl of wisdom for every hour of the day, from simple acts of kindness, to the devotion of the Hour of the Holy Mother. Written with health, wealth, and happiness in mind, the Old Grimalkin Book of Hours offers both instruction and advice for the mind, body and soul. Whether one is religious, has faith, or no faith at all, the Book of Hours gives the reader a sense of place and time and, most importantly, comfort in the knowledge that, no matter how dark your days may become, there is always light.Wherever there is life there is hope.

World of the Fire Cat Colouring Book


Welcome to the wonderful world of the Far Pavilions, home of the fire cat and the magical and most ancient Clowder of Grimalhame. The illustrations within this book have been specially adapted for you to colour, images and designs taken from Dance of the Fire Cat – a tale of how the fire cat, Grimalkins and the Clowder of Grimalhame came to be, and The Ocean Lord – the story of how the fire cat saved the clowder from a mysterious sickness and made a few memorable friends along the way.


The Dark Portal

Book Three of the Fire Cat Stories


The Dark Portal is set soon after the fire cat returns from Kaldivari, the home of the Rhatha Khan and the Ocean Lord, and begins with autumn. The Dark Portal begins, as ever, with a mystery, albeit, a most gruesome and disturbing one. But as the fire cat and his companions try to solve the mystery, events take them down a much darker and more sinister route. Little does our hero know that, by taking the path into the unknown, he will face his greatest challenge yet, throwing all he has ever known into confusion and doubt. He is about to confront the thing that could potentially tear his world, and his soul, apart. However, the fire cat is not alone in his perilous task as we shall see.

The Ocean Lord

Book Two of the Fire Cat Stories


In the Celestial Court of the Great Mother Goddess, the Supreme Council of the Higher Spheres is called to session. In the Far Pavilions all living creatures are so interconnected that it is as if there were a fine silver thread woven through all of creation. It is not difficult, therefore, for the enlightened to discover when something goes deeply amiss. Facing impending catastrophe, Winnowyn and Rowanberry Longwhisker, the Clowder Elders, call upon the fire cat and send him on a mission to find a cure for the mysterious illness afflicting the Clowder and the creatures of the Great Arcadian Forest. The fire cat sets out on a journey to find the Ocean Lord, the source of all wisdom. He must go beyond the shores of Arcadia to Kaldivari, the kingdom of the Tiger Lords, and to Tharsis, Land of the Fire Mountains. With the Clowder in grave danger, he must face his greatest fears, travelling beyond the boundary of death itself in order to save his kin. Can he find the Ocean Lord, the Source of all Wisdom, before it is too late?

Dance of the Fire Cat


A Tale of Grimalhame


"Dance of the Fire Cat" is a creation myth of how cats came into being according to cats. It is set in the magical world of the Far Pavilions and tells the story of how the fire cat created the race of Grimalkins in the First Days. It is the first of the fire cat stories and an introduction to the most magical Clowder of Grimalhame, the home of the Grimalkins (or cat-folk). It is a prophetic tale - many things foretold in the story of the fire cat's creation that come to pass many years into the future. The story is "narrated" by Imeldra Moonpaw, the Clowder Historian.

Imeldra Moonpaw's

Most Ancient and Magical

Clowder of Grimalhame













Join Imeldra on a magical tour of the Clowder of Grimalhame and across the kingdom of Arcadia, home of the Arcadian Forest Cat, or Grimalkin. Learn about how the clowder functions, it quirks and it's history. Everything you wanted to know about Grimalhame and the Grimalkins who call it home.


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Strange, Fantastical and Unusual Creatures





A field guide for the cryptozoology student and features the more exotic and less well known of the creatures of Arcadia and beyond. Translated from Old Grimalkin to Universal Language by Imeldra Moonpaw, this book is a must for any student with a fascination for the more stranger beasts which which we share our home.






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