I have been reading The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Its a book about an elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter spending a summer together on an island in the gulf of Finland. I was drawn to reading this book as I can see many parallels between the book and the residency that I am about to embark upon with Naoise in Tampere.

I love the sophistication of Tove Jansson’s story telling her honesty and observations and clear use of language. Her writings are not at all sentimental. I love how she captures the slow pace of time spent with a child in the summer months, their relationship, what they do, its conflicts and its peace.

I have been a fan of Tove Jansson’s writing ever since having the Moomin books read to me as a child by my mother. More recently I have enjoyed reading the Moomin stories to Naoise.

Recently I experimented with asking Naoise to do the same thing as the Grandmother requests of the child;  “Draw the most awfullest thing you can think of, and take as much time as you possibly can” (The Summer Book, Tove Hansson, pages 45-47).

This is what Naoise drew:

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