Here's a funny little synchronicity. I presented a copy of my book to my friend Kate who makes her own hemp-based soap and she let out a gasp and presented me with one of her soaps which bore a distinct resemblance to my cover! I've shown it here on both sides, first in the upper left-hand corner of my book and then in the lower right-hand corner. Astonishing. And here's a link to information about her soap-making: http://thearkpermacultureproject.com/soap-making.php. (Photo credit: F ní Fhaoláin)
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.