Talking West Cheshire

Story telling for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month

18 June 2012

Schools across West Cheshire are taking part in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month with a special storytelling project.

To tie in with the annual celebration – which runs throughout June - Cheshire West and Chester Council is funding education activities within schools through the Cheshire Development Education Centre.

Among the highlights will be a visit from Romani children’s author and storyteller Richard O’Neill, who will tour 11 schools in the borough.

The work produced will then be showcased at a storytelling event at Great Boughton Library on Saturday, 30 June, from 11am-12pm. Booking is not necessary.

The Council’s Equality and Diversity Champion, Councillor Razia Daniels, said: “Britain’s 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have lived, worked and travelled throughout the country for more than 500 years.

“This special month aims to celebrate their rich culture and way of life and challenge some of the myths that exist.

“Everyone is welcome to come along to the event in Great Boughton to listen to Richard’s wonderful stories.”

Heather Swainston from the Cheshire Development Education Centre added: “We hope this event will raise awareness of and celebrate the diversity that exists locally and will encourage and promote greater understanding and community integration.”