Cant Turn Back – A book all about Travellers

Cant Turn Back – A book all about Travellers

Recommended age: 8-12

A book all about travellers by children in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.



This book was created by Traveller and settled children in Mohill, Co Leitrim. It is a heartfelt journey into the past and present of Traveller culture, full of humour, unromantic about poverty, yet celebrates the interdependence of settled and nomadic life.

It was created as part of a programme of positive and crucial intervention in the protection and preservation of the Cant language and Traveller culture.

Page from Cant Turn Back with collage and text of houses and horse
Glossary of Cant words in book by Kids Own
Page from Cant Turn Back with collage of youth

‘I’m finding out a lot of stuff that I didn’t know about Travellers, like the language and how they lived. I’d like to go back in time to see how life was like for my granny and parents. I imagine the tents would be cold at night.’

– Mary Bridget, participant

Additional info

‘Cant Turn Back’ is published by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership with the support of Leitrim County Arts Office, Leitrim Partnership, Mohill Family Support Centre and The Deptartment of Social and Family Affairs.

A Kids’ Own Publication
1st Edition (2008)

Paperback: 48 pages, full colour
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 21 x 19 x 0.4 cm

ISBN: 9781902432588

100% of proceeds support children’s participation in the arts.

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