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Traveller Story Sacks

Improving literacy in the Traveller community through storytelling.

Traveller Story Books

“I thought it was really good. It was a great experience and it helped me to learn to write out and to tell a story in my own view. I was also able to read the stories to the children with it being our own interests. I hope for the future that more Travellers will access the Library themselves with or without their children." Quote from participant

This project tackled unmet literacy needs in the Traveller community through story telling. It also created spaces that promote Traveller culture and allowed learners to engage with libraries.  

19 learners split into two groups in Letterkenny and Ballyshannon libraries between September and November 2023. Each group made a children’s fiction book, a non-fiction book, and a story sack. Each book has a QR code that allows readers to listen to audio recordings of each story.

Learners significantly improved their writing and digital literacy skills. Many learners even registered to a library after completing the project and feel more confident about using library resources.

This project was nominated for an Aontas Star Award this year for its dedication to social inclusion in adult learning.  

Course participants with their storybooks.

“It was great to share our child hood memories and stories with others involved in the story sack and create a Traveller space in the library so Traveller children can feel included there. I really hope that this project will continue to progress as the stories we wrote have expanded across Donegal and Ireland.” Quote from participant

Traveller Story Sacks was the result of a collaboration between Donegal Travellers Project, Donegal County Library, and Donegal Education and Training Board (DETB).  

For more information about the project, please contact Adele McElhinney, DETB Regional Literacy Coordinator at  

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