Fishing for Food and Mushrooms – A Collection of Stories, Poems and Pen Pictures by Traveller Children

Fishing for Food and Mushrooms – A Collection of Stories, Poems and Pen Pictures by Traveller Children

Recommended age: 5-8

This book sheds a light on Traveller culture from the child’s point of view and is intended to make Traveller culture visible in schools whilst providing fun reading material for any child.


This collection of stories, poems and illustrations was written and illustrated by Traveller children in Belfast. They worked with storytellers, artists, their teachers and families to discover mover about the art and fun of storytelling and the important part it played in their history and cultural identity.

Poem and illustration about living in a trailer - Kids own book
Poem and collage about living in a caravan - Kids Own book
Poem and illustration about dog and eagle - kids own book

My Granny and Granda used to shovel the snow for people when she was young for 50p. They used to buy sweets with the money. She also helped my Great Granda make pots and put them on the back of the wagon and sell them. My Great Granda hit the pots to shape them with rubber hammers and sold them to people. Granny and Granda used to go fishing for food and mushrooms to put in the pot that Granda made.

– Peter Gavin, age 6

Additional info

‘Fishing for food and mushrooms’ is published by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in partnership with the Gayla L’esko project, Belfast Traveller Support Group and St Mary’s Primary School, Divid St, Belfast.

A Kids’ Own Publication
1st Edition (2005)

Paperback: 24 pages, full colour
Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 24 x 0.3 cm
ISBN-10: 1902432266
ISBN-13: 978-1902432267

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

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