The impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic upon Romani and Traveller communities in Wales, 2020

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Earlier this year, the Romani Cultural and Arts Company (RCAC) received funding from the Moving for Change project, based at Leeds Gate, to look at the health, social and economic impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 on roadside Gypsies and Travellers in Wales. Dr Adrian Marsh, Researcher in Romani Studies and a long-time consultant to the RCAC, was …

International Romani Day

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The First World Romani Congress 8th April 1971, forty-nine years ago, the First World Romani Congress was held on the outskirts of London, in Orpington, Kent. Organised by members of the Gypsy Council and the Comité International Rom, the meeting and its associated open-air music festival on Hampstead Heath, would mark a high point in the history of Romani and Traveller people. The …

Book Review: Tales from the Garbage Hills

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Berji Kristin: Tales from the Garbage HillsLatife Tekin (trans. Ruth Christie, preface by John Berger, intro. by Saliha Paker) This novel was originally published in 1984 in Turkish, as Berci Kristin Çöp Masalları, the second in a three–book cycle by the writer Latife Tekin (Dear Shameless Death, and Swords of Icebeing the others, though each is an independent novel in itself). She …