Jess Smith is a Scottish author and storyteller from a travelling family who tries through her work to raise cultural awareness through storytelling, and has taken part in festivals in Scotland and around the world – in Keith, Kirriemuir, Aberdeen, Perthshire, Edinburgh, Shropshire, Yorkshire, Ireland and Australia.’
Speaking of her book Way of the Wanderers, Jess says
‘Travellers/Gypsies have little knowledge of their history. This is partly due to a mainly oral culture. Nothing was written down, culminating in much of the heritage and language lost to the mists of time. Gathering what scattered remains exist has been a mountainous struggle. There's a lot of eye-opening, and at times harrowing, material but I feel it’s a story long overdue and needs telling."
Jess will be at Campbeltown Library on Monday 26th November at 7pm, as part of Book Week Scotland.
Book Week Scotland is Scotland's first national celebration of books and reading, taking place from 26 November to 2 December 2012, with a week-long programme of events for people of all ages, interests and reading abilities.
The sessions at local libraries are free, but booking is advisable, either in person at the library or by telephone, to avoid disappointment.