From a Romany childhood to an Oxford University scholarship, Damian Le Bas has had a remarkable life. He grew up on a diet of Gypsy history, handed down from his great grandmother, but his own experience of life on the road was limited to van journeys from West Sussex to Hampshire to sell flowers. In his remarkable debut The Stopping Places, he set out to discover the old encampment sites known only to Travellers – and through them, an understanding of the history of the Romany in Britain, and the shape of their life today.

Chaired by Caroline Beck

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