OR Melling

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About me

Industry Arts
Occupation Writer/Critic
Location Ireland
Introduction 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.
Interests Shamanism, reading, drums (got a full kit plus skin drums), set dancing and any other kind of dancing, languages (especially Irish), yoga, gym, hillwalking, daydreaming, travelling.
Favorite Movies The Lord of the Rings, Wings of Desire, They Might Be Giants, A Christmas Carol (1950s, Alastair Simms as Scrooge), A Midsummer Night's Dream (with Mickey Rooney as Puck), Darby O'Gill & the Little People (first movie I ever saw!), The Wizard of Oz (Judy Garland as Dorothy, The Matrix Trilogy, The Tudors (mini-series), Robin of Sherwood (tv series), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (tv series)
Favorite Music Howard Shore (LOTR Suite), Martyn Bennett(crazy Scottish technopiper), Altan, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Avishai Cohen Trio (fab jazz), Pink Floyd, Runrig (Scots Celtic Rock), Kate Bush, Madonna, Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam, Maria Callas, Zbigniew Preisner, Julian Bream, Brian Eno, Alan Stivell, Thin Lizzy, Steeleye Span, Bjork, Stan Rogers, Dropkick Murphys, Billy Holiday, Savina Yannatou
Favorite Books I'm saying authors and poets: JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Isabel Allende, Ray Bradbury, Kate Thompson, Isobelle Carmody, Garth Nix, Philip Pullman, JK Rowling, Eugene McCabe, Charles de Lint, W.O Mitchell, Sharon Butala, Satprem, Sri Aurobindo, Anthony de Mello, Emily Bronte, Terence MacKenna, William Burroughs, Stan Grof, Yann Martel, WB Yeats, Rainer Maria Rilke, Paula Meehan, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas King, Sylvia Plath, Don De Lillo, Haruki Murakami, Wallace Stevens, Walt Whitman, Russell Hoban (Riddley Walker), Walter M Miller (A Canticle for Leibowitz), Alexandra Neel

Never mind the turtle. Don't you think you're sure to win?

I am the turtle.