Dreams of the Road, Gypsy Life in the West Country, by Martin Levinson and Avril Silk
Published by Birlinn in 2007, 216 pages. Large Softback (N3306)
Brand New Book
Travelling Gypsies have been a distinctive feature of south-west England for hundreds of years. Distinctive ‘vardos’ (wagons) rattled along the roads of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, their occupants hawking their goods and skills, speaking in Romani, and constructing a strong oral storytelling culture.......
Currently, Gypsies find themselves at a crossroads. Legislation restricting travel, a shortage of official sites and the loss of their traditional stopping places all threaten centuries-old nomadic patterns. Over the past few decades increasing numbers of Gypsies have been forced to give up the road. The challenge for Gypsies today is how to retain a separate culture and lifestyle when the foundations underpinning their distinctive existence have been removed.
This book celebrates this rich culture, collecting together memories, anecdotes, the fears and the hopes of Gypsies living in the south-west of England.