the invisible ones
Further reading and links to visual material
Good basic information about the history of Gypsies and Travellers
in the UK (although with a Kent bias…)
‘Gypsy Boy’ by Mikey Walsh (Hodder and Stoughton, 2009).
A personal memoir about growing up in a Romany Gypsy family in
the 90s. Might look like a misery memoir at first glance, but it’s
refreshingly upbeat, moving and hugely informative – and it’s very
well written. Highly recommended.
‘Stopping Place’ by Simon Evans. (University of Hertfordshire Press, 1999)
An excellent and readable book about recent history in the South East.
Far less dry than it sounds, it covers changes in legislation on stopping
places and sites, but also what that meant for the people who lived
Ostensibly a site about Romany trailers, it has great pictures of
the sort of vehicles JJ and his family live in, but it also has some
lovely archive material – photographs of life from the days of
horse-drawn wagons, and so on.
A radio soap produced by ‘BBC Three Counties’ radio from 2008 to 2010.
The serial (36 x 15 minute episodes) deals with a lot of current issues,
and features Romany cast and crew members.
Seems to be permanently available for listening…