I’ve decided I will occasionally post about whatever I’m reading, if it’s good, and I’m beginning by recommending books about Scottish Travellers. If you find yourself on my website, or here on the blog, it might be because you’ve met me somewhere or read The Tin-Kin, and perhaps you want to know more about the culture of Scottish Travelling people. These are just a few suggestions of where to begin:
Jess Smith is a prolific writer and a wonderful, passionate storyteller. She appears at events all over Britain, and has experienced the Travelling way of life first hand. Her incredible autobiographical trilogy is published by Birlinn. See below and click the photo for an Amazon link to the first in the series.
Sookin Berries is Jess’s collection of Travellers’ tales, suitable for younger readers, and she is also the author of, Bruar’s Rest, a novel (I think it was the first ever) with a Scottish Traveller as the central character.
So if The Tin-Kin was your first foray into the Scottish Travelling culture and you want to know more, please look up Jess’s books. They are rich with experience, and you won’t be disappointed. You can also visit her website.
If photographs are your kind of thing, The Summer Walkers by Timothy Neat also has a prominent place on my bookshelf.
Other wonderful books written by Travellers include those by Betsy Whyte, Sheila Stewart, and Duncan Williamson.