Dear readers, the new Spring edition of The Travellers’ Times Magazine is my first magazine as editor and I hope you will agree that it is a knockout. If you are wondering – no that is not me in the photograph - it is Elle, who works for The Rural Media Company in whose office The Travellers’ Times is based and who is kindly holding up the new magazine.
For those of you also wondering, Damian Le Bas – the previous editor of The Travellers’ Times - has stepped up into the role of ‘Editor at Large’. What that basically means is that Damian is still very much part of guiding the future of The Travellers’ Times, whilst I concentrate on the nuts and bolts of producing the Magazine, sourcing stories for The Travellers’ Times Online (which now publishes a new story every working day of the week) and shaping and delivering The Travellers’ Times basic and advanced media skills training.
As we put each Magazine together, a general theme for each issue begins to take shape. The theme for this issue is fighting back and standing up for our rights. What with the current new laws that threaten Gypsy and Traveller identity, the continued denigration of all things Traveller in the newspapers and on TV, the discrimination by big household name commercial businesses and the continued mouthing of anti Gypsy and Traveller sentiments by politicians, ‘fighting back’ seemed appropriate.
That’s why we put the young champion boxer and Olympic hopeful Ivy-Jane Smith on the cover.
As the old saying goes – you have to be in it to win it and there are many ways we can all be in it.
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