One of my darling sisters - I have seven, plus two darling brothers! - has opened her own art gallery in Toronto. As well as being a well-known artist (she was listed among the top ten best upcoming young artists in Canada), she has curated exhibitions and directed galleries before starting up her own just last month. This is one of her works and here is her gallery website: www.yumart.ca. Do drop by! Btw some of you may recognise her as one of Dana's mad artistic aunties in The Book of Dreams.
I was born in Ireland and grew up in Toronto, Canada with my seven sisters and two brothers. Left home at seventeen to live in a commune, then headed off across Canada with my pal, Carole, and we hitch-hiked around California for months, then back up to Vancouver(Van as we called it then) and across Canada with two more pals, Linda and Peggy. A year later, headed off to Malaysia and Borneo with Jeunesse Canada Monde/Canada World Youth for a year. Baik-lah! Back home, went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto (posh blokes) while also joining the Canadian Naval Reserve as an Officer Cadet. Trained on the east and west coasts of Canada every summer. Great fun. Then what? Hmm. Started to write books, dodgy personal life (that's personal but let's just say it's been a long time between drinks) started to wander around the world, had a darling daughter, settled down in Ireland, wrote more books.