Travellers Tales?



Let me tell you a story…….
Perhaps one aspect of their culture for which Scottish Gypsy Travellers are most revered, is that of their traditions. The celebrated oral culture of Scottish Gypsy Travellers still continues to thrive through traditional songs and ballads, the sharing and passing down of history and traditional crafts from generation to generation, and of course the art of story-telling.

Wilderness road, Scotland

The practice of an oral culture amongst Scottish Gypsy Travellers may be attributed to living a nomadic lifestyle, which often resulted in isolation from mainstream society and its influence.

It’s time now for mainstream society to learn from the influences of the rich oral culture of Scottish Gypsy Travellers.   Contributors from various disciplines have been invited to embrace the example of this vibrant culture of story-telling and are being brought together by Fast Forward, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Health Scotland to share their stories. The knowledge sharing event will happen today in the City of Edinburgh, where over 500 years ago the first recorded evidence of Gypsy Traveler presence in Scotland can be dated to 1505, in an account written up by the then Lord High Treasurer of Scotland.

By following in the tradition of one of the most dynamic folk cultures in Europe the story-tellers at the knowledge sharing event hope to explore how best to shape the future of health and wellbeing services and tackle the inequalities faced by the Scottish Gypsy Traveller Community by sharing experiences and developing new ways of working together.

"The Beginning" Road Sign with dramatic blue sky and clouds.

This is just the beginning of both the story and the journey…..

We hope that the happy ending to this story may be a Scottish Gypsy Traveller Community armed with good, credible, culturally sensitive health and well-being information and education. A community empowered and enabled to leave a lasting legacy, and tradition of well-informed, positive healthy life-style choices for the future.

If you would like to find out more about this initiative which is being developed by Fast Forward in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Health Scotland please contact


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