David's Bookshop & David's Music
Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE
Books: 01462 684631 / Music: 01462 475900

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Damian Le Bas will Discuss and Sign his Book, The Stopping Places, A Journey Through Gypsy Britain

Wednesday 19 September 2018
7:30 pm

‘An insight into the hidden world and culture of travelling people, written with delicacy and affection.  Many groups suffer unfair discrimination; some proclaim it loudly but travellers bear it in silence. This is a reward for their fortitude’ Ken Loach

 

Damian Le Bas grew up on a diet of Gypsy history. His great-grandmother, Nan, would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language; the places her family stopped and worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lores of their people. But his own experience of life on the road was limited to Ford Transit journeys from West Sussex to Hampshire to sell flowers.  In a bid to better understand his Gypsy heritage, the history of the Romany in Britain and the rhythms of their life today, Damian sets out on a journey to discover the atchin tans, or ‘stopping places’ – the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. Travellers in Britain have rarely been given a voice, but in this remarkable debut Damian Le Bas captures the places, characters and stories of his ancestors, and learns more about his own identity along the way.

Damian Le Bas was born in 1985 into a traditional Gypsy family. He was raised with a large and far-flung network of relations who taught him how to ride and drive ponies, tractors and trucks, sing melancholy cowboy ballads and speak the thousand-year-old Romani tongue. He was awarded scholarships to Christ’s Hospital school and Oxford University. Between 2011-2015, he was the editor for Travellers’ Times, Britain’s only national magazine for Gypsies and Travellers. The Stopping Places is his first book.

Tickets are £6, which are deductible from the cost of the hardback book (£14.99) if purchased on the evening. To book tickets, please ring the shop on 01462 684631 or call in to the shop.

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David's Bookshops are located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, only a few minutes’ walk from the railway station in the heart of the Town Centre. There is ample parking nearby.

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01462 684631

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01462 475900

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