Yokki and the Parno Gry



By Richard O’Neill & Katharine Quarmby Illustrated by Marieke Nelissen Published by Child’s Play-International ISBN-13: 9781846439278 Age Range: 4 – 9 Years

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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Richard O’Neill was born and brought up in a large traditional Romany 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 United Kingdom. A sixth generation storyteller, he grew up in a vigorous oral storytelling tradition, learning his skills from some of the best Travelling 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. He was the recipient of the ‘National Literacy Hero’ award.

Katharine Quarmby is a writer, journalist and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London School of Economics. She has written both for children and adults. Her first book for children, Fussy Freya and the Fabulous Feast, was published in 2008. Her first non-fiction book, Scapegoat: why we are failing disabled people (Portobello Press, 2011), won a prestigious international award, the Ability Media Literature award. Her second non-fiction book, on Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers, was published by Oneworld in 2013.

Marieke Nelissen worked as a graphic designer for almost ten years before starting her own business, le petit studio, in 2010. Marieke’s work is defined by her use of colour. She focuses on finding emotion in minimalism and expressive power in details. She works mainly in ink, gouache, water colour, crayon and pencil. She works on paper because she likes to get her hands dirty, and because she loves the unexpected inspiration that may arise from an unintentional stain or smudge.