They also help to clean up the alleyways between buildings to give civic spaces back to the local residents.
He asked me to do a mural to reflect this in their beautiful office space and here's what I made:
I've been away in Norway for the past month. It was a great big last minute decision to take off on an adventure there. My friend Brenda had smoked out a great place in the south-central mountains where we could volunteer on an organic farm.
The organisation we used is known as WWOOFing. A ridiculous acronym if ever there was one, and tricky too when you encounter someone who hasn't heard of it. Roaring, "I'm a wwOOfer here!", over acres of chickens sqwaking wildly behind me wasn't too easily patched up.
What WWOOF actually means is Willing Workers on Organic Farms. You can contact listed farms on the wwoofing website to offer to volunteer for a few weeks or months, in exchange for food and board. It's a wonderful idea and makes loads of sense because organic farming would break the heart of any hairy-cheeked enthusiast. Have a look at wwoofing here.
It would take a while, but then, like magic, they'd all lurch forward together, jolting their knees out from under them. They'd stumble their hind legs into half a stand and then slowly, and god love them, ungracefully they'd rise to their feet, all knuckles and hooves. Their cow bellings clanging, they'd start the long, amble down the hill like old relics from the past. Such lovely creatures. I think I loved them because they were so warm and slow and docile. Everthing you'd love in a big, wheezy dog.
I've made a children's book which I'll be reading at 2pm on Sunday with accompanying music by Georgia Cusack and Patrick Groenland. I've loved their music for so long, it's an absolute pleasure to collaborate with them!
I've also submitted 5 drawings to the exhibition which will be on show (and for sale!) over the weekend.
There's heaps more happening over the weekend including jazz, short films and theatre and lots more besides! Do drop in if you're in the area.
The festival takes place in The Back Loft, just off Thomas Street and is €5 in.
1. Red Riding Hood waves goodbye...
3. Little Red Riding Hood asks a few pointed questions in Granny's house
4. A woodcutter hears the commotion
5. And chases the wolf away
The kids in first class are going to paint the mural. I'll put up photos of the wall once they're finished.