This Land

AyeRight and Lankelly Chase are working together to shine light on the way Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and communities are interconnected with each other, the land and all forms of life, both human and non-human.  This is because we believe that there is knowledge and wisdom in the cultures and histories and that this…

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A Cautionary Tail

White Tail was always first to the table.  Checking first for watching eyes, she would descend graceful and fearless remaining only until she had eaten enough to provide the energy needed for the day.  Safe in the knowledge that none had challenged her, the others followed.  None were brave enough to enter alone as White…

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Ice Cream for Crow

    Watching a documentary on Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) reminded me that my critical thinking developed against a backdrop of psychedelia, a sub-culture associated not only with psychedelic drugs, imagery and music but also with critical consciousness – a state of mind where ‘the ability to recognise and analyse systems of inequality and…

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It’s time

  In the quiet of the night she rises slowly, careful in her movements lest she wake the man.  She moves to the curtainless window looking out to an ink blue sky.  Fiery Mars low in the East.  High above, Ursa Major’s seven stars shine bright in anticipation of the coming blue moon; a portent…

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Language matters: Social representations of Gypsy/Traveller women

First published as part of Engender’s F-Words series (July, 2020). In considering the language used to categorise and indeed denigrate Gypsy/Traveller women, an examination of the role of the media in the ‘othering’ or cultural denigration and exclusion of the Gypsy/Traveller community en masse is crucial. Creators of ‘folk devils’ and drivers of moral panics who with “a…

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