For a long time, I did many things. I’ve worked as a surveyor in northern B.C. and on the streets of Vancouver, sold music in a record store. I made ice cream desserts in a burger café in Ireland, and cleaned toilets and ran a dishwashing machine in yet another major restaurant. I pulled beer and made snacks in a Belgian pub, and earned my papers as a pastry and sweet chef back in Ireland. I even sheared sheep, and then helped dip them in the mountains south of Dublin. But all that sporadic employment led me to university in Canada and then Ireland, and to make a home here on Gabriola Island.
Since the 1970s, I have taught in art colleges and in English departments—in Ireland, Nigeria and Canada. I have also guest lectured and organized small cultural festivals in several places around the world, including Singapore, Chicago, Ottawa, Sosnowice (near Krakow), Calabar (Nigeria) and in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.
Now, facing retirement, I'm painting (watercolours mainly) and writing, and--with my partner of over 38 years--gardening on a scale big enough to keep us in food and flowers most of the year.
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by Craig Tapping
several people--gay men, lesbians, their friends, parents and children--strive to construct new family models and community as they move in and out of love and work. questions of trust and responsibility grow as various characters move from hidden to open lives, in various locales across the city. this is a study of urban living, gay and lesbian culture, and a testament to love and youth.
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