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Jessie's Journey
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ISBN:
9781841587028
Categories
Biography, New Releases
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
15 December 2016
Format
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
256
Illustrations
8pp b/w plates

Jessie's Journey

The True Story of a Gypsy Childhood

   

eBook also available at the iBookstore

From the ages of 5 to 15, Jess Smith lived with her parents, sisters and a mongrel dog in an old, blue Bedford bus. They travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, and much of England too, stopping here and there until they were moved on by the local authorities or driven by their own instinctive need to travel. By campfires, under the unchanging stars they brewed up tea, telling stories and singing songs late into the night.

Jessie's Journey describes what it was like to be one of the last of the traditional travelling folk. It is not an idyllic tale, but despite the threat of bigoted abuse and scattered schooling, humour and laughter run throughout a childhood teeming with unforgettable characters and incidents.

Hear Jess Smith’s beautiful singing voice in this short video clip:

 

 

Jess Smith lives near Crieff. She is married and has three children and six grandchildren. As a traditional storyteller she is in great demand for performances throughout Scotland.






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