13th October, 2.30pm–3.30pm
Join Damian Le Bas as he discusses The Stopping Places, an enthralling account of what it means to be a Gypsy in Britain today.
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. From winter frosts to summer dawns, he travels the country to visit horse fairs, urban lay-bys and hidden Gypsy churches.
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. The Stopping Places has been a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.
Chaired by Dr Alex Barber, Durham University