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image for Festival item typeEssex Book Festival: Damian Le Bas

Literary Festival, Wed 6 Mar 2019

Stopping Places

Stopping Places


In a bid to better understand his Gypsy heritage, Damian Le Bas set out on a journey to discover the atchin tans – the stopping places – the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. This powerful and soulful debut is a restless quest for authenticity and a lost way of life.

Damian Le Bas was born in 1985 to a long line of Gypsies and Travellers. He was raised within a network of relations who taught him to ride and drive ponies, tractors and trucks, sing melancholy cowboy ballads and speak the thousand-year-old Romani tongue. He was awarded scholarships to study at Christ’s Hospital and the University of Oxford. Between 2011 and 2015 he was the editor of Travellers’ Times, Britain’s only national magazine for Gypsies and Travellers.

WRITER ON THE INSIDE: Damian will also be talking to inmates at HMP and YOI Chelmsford earlier in the day. Author events at the prison provide a rare opportunity for prisoners to connect with the outside world.

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 6 Mar 2019


£5 concessions (27 years and under)


Essex Book Festival


Town Centre,
CO7 9


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Map reference: TM 038216  Lat: 51.85645 Long: 0.95891

Getting to Wivenhoe

• By bus: Buses No. 61, 62 or 87 go to Wivenhoe from Colchester town centre (61 and 62 also from Colchester Station), via the University of Essex. Buses are very frequent and run 7 days a week.
• By train: Trains from Colchester Town centre, Colchester Station, and London Liverpool Street all go to Wivenhoe. From the other direction trains run from Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze. Trains run once or twice an hour.
• Walk: follow the Wivenhoe trail from Colchester town centre and the Hythe down to Wivenhoe.
• Cycle: the Wivenhoe trail is part of the National Cycle route 51. Use of cycles on this path is permissive, so be aware of walkers on this popular walking route.
• Car: Access to Wivenhoe is off the A133 from Colchester. Parking is limited in the narrow streets so consider public transport which is easily accessible and frequent.
• Ferry: the Wivenhoe ferry, operated by volunteers, runs in the warmer months from Rowhedge. The Brightlingsea ferry occasionally also goes to Wivenhoe.