Damian Le Bas is a journalist, poet and the award-winning author of The Stopping Places: A Journey through Gypsy Britain. This year we’ve commissioned him to walk through Northumberland and County Durham exploring how more than 500 years of ethnic Romany presence in the region interacts with the North East’s more established histories of pilgrimage and travelling. Damian will work with members of the Gypsy Roma Traveller community in Durham, to help inspire the project.
Damian will be joined on his journey by Jo Clement, a Newcastle-based poet and Northern Writers’ Award winner, whose work is frequently inspired by her own Gypsy Roma Traveller heritage. Illustrator W John Hewitt will illustrate aspects of the journey and together
they will create a collection of poetry and illustration, mapping Northumberland and County Durham, documenting culturally significant places and making visible a Traveller history that is currently invisible.
Copies of the book will be distributed to Gypsy Roma Traveller sites in County Durham and Sussex and also be available at the event.
Chaired by Richard Benson
Supported by Arts Council England.