by Oein DeBhairduin, illustrated by Leanne McDonagh - £11.99 Skein Press (2020)
hardback ISBN 13: 9781916493506 | ISBN 10: 1916493505
Why the Moon Travels is a haunting collection of twenty tales rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller community.
Brave vixens, prophetic owls and stalwart horses live alongside the human characters as guides, protectors, friends and foes while spirits, giants and fairies blur the lines between this world and the otherworld.
Collected by Oein DeBhairduin throughout his childhood, retold in his lyrical style, and beautifully illustrated by Leanne McDonagh.
"A truly important book. Manages somehow to embody in the same breath the dazzling philosophy of the Pavee and the powerful poetry in their stories. Oein DeBhairduin’s lovely introductions are passionate and beautifully written in their own right, and his versions of these vivid stories are extraordinary and deeply affecting. The whole enterprise is both personal and universal, and also marks the debut of a true writer."
(Price & availability last checked: March 2021)
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