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Oct 23
18:00 - 19:15
Damian Le Bas
Creative Writing Reading Series

We have great pleasure in welcoming Damian Le Bas to the Creative Writing Reading Series on Tuesday. Damian will be reading from and talking about his debut book, The Stopping Places, which is a road trip memoir about being part of, and apart from, the gypsy and traveller histories of Britain. It's a fascinating book about identity and belonging and the meaning of place by someone raised within the Romany culture before scholarships took him to boarding school and university. Between 2011 and 2015 Damian was the editor of Travellers' Times and now lives and works mostly in Kent, where he grew up and where his Nan – who taught him the old little-known routes and ways – still lives.

"Tender and intensely lyrical... the prose is pure delight. The author breathes life into everything he sees... To read The Stopping Places is to better understand the curious history of the Roma and how they have survived into 21st-century Britain." Sunday Times"A delicate description of a life split between two identities... Le Bas has a cinematic writing style that shifts between images, memory and history. He deftly traces the origins of his people, the language and persecutions as well as modern British hypocrisies... This is a thoroughly enjoyable read that manages a near-perfect balance of the personal and political." Prospect


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University of Kent,
United Kingdom


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