Authors: Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby / Illustrated by: Marieke Nelissen
When a Traveller family experiences a run of bad luck, an imaginative boy called Yokki lifts their spirits with tales of a magical white horse. A traditional Traveller-family folk tale which inspires hope and celebrates creativity. Told by a Romani storyteller together with a picture book author to positively reflect Travelling cultures.
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- Paperback: 32 pages
- Age Range: 4 – 9 years
- Publisher: Child’s Play (International) Ltd; UK ed. edition (1 Jun. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846439264
- ISBN-13: 978-1846439261
Awesome story! Bought this after attending a talk by the author, Mr. O’Neill, yesterday – books arrived today! My 4yo daughter absolutely loves it, have read it 3x in a row. We chatted about the gypsy lifestyle and culture a bit – predictably, she now wants to go travelling with her pop up tent!
Beautiful story about a young boy Yokki and his Roma family who try to make a living even though hardship comes. Yokki tells tales of a magic white horse who will come to take them away, and then one night it happens and they fly to a new and better land. Nicely illustrated and by the same partnership as Ossiri and the Bala Mengro. Good to see stories with Roma families.
About the Authors
Richard O Neill was born and brought up in a large traditional Romani family in the North of England. He is an award-winning storyteller and writer who tells his original stories in schools, museums, libraries and theatres throughout the UK. A sixth generation storyteller, he grew up in a vigorous oral storytelling tradition, learning his skills from some of the best Traveling storytellers in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Richard is the author of eleven children s books, and his stories and plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio. His digital stories have been enjoyed throughout the world, and in 2013, he was the recipient of the National Literacy Hero award.
Katharine Quarmby is an author and journalist. She was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London School of Economics (2015-2017) and now works at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Her latest books are Ossiri and the Bala Mengro; Yokki and the Parno Gry, (Child’s Play 2016). Ossiri is shortlisted for the Little Rebel Prize, 2017 and is an Empathy Lab Day pick 2017. Her latest non-fiction book, Hear My Cry, co-written with the ‘honour violence’ survivor, Diana Kader, was published in 2015 by Hachette Poland. No Place to Call Home, in which she investigated the relationship between Britain’s settled people and Roma, Romanies and Travellers, asking why it is often so troubled – and what can be done to heal the divide, was published by Oneworld in August 2013, and shortlisted for The Bread and Roses award. In 2014 she published, with Newsweek Insights, Romani Pilgrims, an e-book about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller evangelical Christians. Her first Kindle Single on her search for her Iranian birth father, and the ins and outs of adoption across the racial divide, Blood and Water, was also published in 2013. She also published Aftermath, as a Kindle Single, a short story about the Rwandan genocide, with much of the proceeds going to survivor charities, as well as a Thistle Single short story about her adoptive great-grandfather’s alleged involvement in the plot to assassinate Arch Duke Ferdinand, before the outbreak of the First World War, in 2014.
She has spent most of her working life as a journalist and has made many films for the BBC, as well as working as a correspondent for The Economist, contributing to British broadsheets, including the Guardian, Sunday Times and the Telegraph. She also freelances regularly for other papers, including a stint providing roving political analysis for The Economist, where she has worked as a Britain correspondent, during the 2010 general election, with a similar stint for Prospect in the 2017 snap election.
Her first book for adults, Scapegoat: why we are failing disabled people (Portobello Press, 2011), won a prestigious international award, the Ability Media Literature award, in 2011. In 2012 Katharine was shortlisted for the Paul Foot award for campaigning journalism, by the Guardian and Private Eye magazine, for her five years of campaigning against disability hate. Katharine and her fellow volunteer co-ordinators of the Disability Hate Crime Network, were honoured with Radar’s Human Rights People of the Year award, for their work on disability hate crime in 2010.