Gypsy Roma Traveller Leeds
The permanent site of the Gypsy Roma Traveller Communities
The Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service has its own well-stocked library which can be browsed upon request. Please call or email us for further details.
Bookstart is a national scheme offering free books to every child and advice to every parent. It encourages parents and carers to share books with children from a very early age.
We have produced many publications ourselves including the book Gypsies and Travellers in Their Own Words and the Traveller Post magazine. The "In Their Own Words" book is no longer available but you can download copies of Traveller Post from this site. Samples of the book can be read online. See the links below.
Gypsies and Travellers in their own words compiled by the Travellers Education Service is a fantastic read, and gives amazing insights into the lives and times of Travellers in this country.
This book was produced by the Travellers Education Service (TES). It is a labour of love that was years in the making. In it Gypsies and Travellers from several generations describe, in their own words, their lives from early in this century to the present day.
These are personal histories and viewpoints, but collectively they create a vivid picture of life within the Gypsy and Traveller communities and the radical changes experienced by them over the past century.
I was born in Dublin by accident, not by choice. My mother went up there and I was born in 1937. On my Register of Birth it says – "Caravan, so-and-so". Funny thing is that I was born in Dublin and never, ever lived there. My father always stuck to the North of Ireland.
I think it was much better when I was a child than it is now, really. You hadn't as much money or anything, but things were cheap and stopping was good. You could stop on a roadside for forty-eight hours and they couldn't shift yer, with having horses and wagons – but now they shift you any time.
There are differences in the culture and the beliefs and in the way we live. Well me brother's married to someone who was brought up in a house, a girl from Leeds and he lives in a house. More boys seem to marry out than girls. You only hear of a very very odd Travelling girl marrying out but I know an awful lot of men that are married outside. I think it's because Travelling people have got their own ways.
The Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service produced the magazine Traveller Post a few years ago before the advent of this website. It's lively mix of content includes news and features but its key content is from the Travellers themselves, including stories and photographs with plenty of contributions from Travelling Children.
Karen Taylor is a teacher who works for the TEMS Team in Cheshire (Traveller Education and Minorities Support) and publishes resources independently. The following publications will be of interest to anyone working with or involved with Traveller children.
Swapping Tommy - Karen Taylor
20 page A5 book with full colour illustrations. Set around an old Gypsy Wagon. Tommy can't keep anything for long. When will Tommy's swapping habits come to an end? Sooner than he thinks! Early reader.
Reading Recovery level 8 Band 3 yellow.
Colletta Goes To School - Karen Taylor
20 page A5 book with full colour photographs. Colletta tells us about some of the things she has enjoyed in her first year at school. Providing positive imagers of early years education for Traveller families.
The Tadpole Trailer - Karen Taylor
20 page 175 x 250mm book with full colour illustrations. A humorous rhyming fantasy tale. No animals are allowed in the trailer. When will John stop bringing creatures in? Sooner than he thinks!
Books are available by contacting Karen.
Cheshire CW6 0PD
Download pdf with more images and an order form.
It's by no means a complete list, but on this page in the Culture Section you'll find some books that we feel we can recommend for more in depth study or interest.
The collection of stories and personal histories in this rich volume creates a vivid picture of life within the Gypsy and Traveller communities.