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The Diddakoi

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Dan Allum and Jake Bowers from the Gypsy, Romany and Traveller communities are opening the festival on Friday 1 April in a series of events across the town. Jake’s sculpture of Kizzy will be unveiled in Gensing Gardens at 4pm along with outdoor art installations generated by an extensive schools festival workshop programme that artists have delivered over the last month, engaging 2000 children. This is funded by the festival’s Crowd Funder, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery funding, Chalk Cliff Trust, East Sussex Community Foundation, Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Funding for the marking of #GensingGardens150 throughout the year. This BBC news report tells about how Gypsy gangs use children to beg and steal money: How Gypsy gangs use child thieves Kizzy is a diddakoi, a half-gypsy. The other children taunt her and make her time at school miserable. But at home in their wagon with Gran and her horse, Joe, she is happy. But then Gran dies and her life is turned upside down. Their wagon is burned down and Kizzy is all alone. But in fact it is not only Kizzy's life that is turned upside down from this moment on.

A 1976 children’s television series, Kizzy was based on the award-winning children’s novel. One viewer, Nicolette Howard, remembers it well. “I didn’t come across the book, but that series was my defining childhood television experience. It made such an impact on me.” In the narrative, Admiral Twiss is criticised by the village Madonna paused during her two-hour show to say: “It has been brought to my attention, that there is a lot of discrimination against Romanies and Gypsies in general in Eastern Europe– it made me feel very sad. We don’t believe in discrimination, we believe in freedom and equal rights for everyone.” We were delighted that Councillors Kim Forward, Paul Barnett, Maya Evans and Peter Chowney all attended the launch event. We hope that Jake Bowers’ statue of Kizzy will prove popular with local residents and we can apply for planning permission for it to be installed in the park permanently. The Diddakoi book is set in nearby rural Rother and we would love Gensing Gardens to become the home of the first statue of a child of Romany and Irish heritage. There WILL be an examination – July 24th. (In today’s class, I said there would not be an examination: that was incorrect).Many fictional depictions of the Romani in literature and art present Romanticized narratives of their supposed mystical powers of fortune telling, and their supposed irascible or passionate temper paired with an indomitable love of freedom and a habit of criminality. note the gypsies’ ways of thinking (“Are you going to let your woman talk to me like that?”, “we don’t want no snoopers”, “’tisn’t children as are the bother… it’s the things they have to have”, “When you had one wagon there was plenty of room; in a fine house with three bedrooms there’s no room at all”. They have lots of old traditions which are different from those of non-gypsies (e.g. burning the home of a dead person). I first read this book when I was 9 or so and its memory has never left my mind. liked Kizzy, the little Diddakoi (Traveller) girl perhaps because I could subconsciously relate to some of her struggles, especially those of perceived foreignness when one is the only dark-skinned kid in the class. Now that I'm reading this book again as an adult, with all the experience I have regarding culture and such, I am quite amazed that this book which is a kids book would have so much social commentary, also it's now as an adult that I can understand the initial appeal the book held for me. Funny how that works. New for the 2022 Festival is a Kings Road Street party and Peddler’s Parade on Easter Saturday 16 April.

The book's characters are at times horribly human and at others give such hope. The Diddakoi is beautiful story which had me in tears throughout as Kizzy faces so much trouble and prejudice in her young life and yet is slowely transformed by love and acceptance from some unexpected places. This is a lovely tale of pride of culture, collaborative community battling prejudice, love of horses and home, revealing the danger of ignorance and choosing to see only what you want to see. Bullying (mean girls for once rather than blaming all on boys!) is a core problem and how it is dealt with the main issue, with changing stubborn minds and reconciliation closely following. A sweet story, full of nature and the world from a child’s mind. Add a reference to the book and the movie USING THE MLA FORMAT (i.e. exactly the same as in the Guidebook). Madonna has said she was “compelled” to comment on the discrimination against Romany Gypsies while on stage in Romania, despite being booed by fans. The 51-year-old was jeered by the audience in Bucharest after saying the discrimination “made me feel very sad”. .. The 2022 A Town Explores A Book festival centres around Rumer Godden’s The Diddakoi on the 50th anniversary of its publication. Festival director, Gail Borrow outlines what’s in store.Also running over the final Easter weekend, Thursday 14 – Monday 18 April, performers Yasmin Aishah and Hannah Collisson present a new exper-iential theatre performance at ExploreTheArch’s venue, Archer Lodge. This is a promenade outdoor performance to the performers’ created garden hideouts based on their childhood experience. Like Godden’s protagonist, Kizzy, they seek magical personal spaces to reflect on the known and unknown of relatives, residences and ritual from their mixed race heritage. I’ll be chairing the festival’s free Let’s talk About This Book event on Saturday 2 April 5-7pm also at Southwater Centre. It features Rumer Godden’s nephew, Simon Foster, and the two writers and journalists of Romany Heritage, Dan Allum and Jake Bowers. Dan Allum, from Cambridgeshire, who has previously abridged The Diddakoi for Radio 4 extra, will also be reading excepts from the book in Teddy Tinker’s free chapter reading events on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April at 3pm. There are a few things that haven't aged well in this book. Physical violence to children from adults is commonplace and the despite the actions of many of the children to Kizzy, she is told she needs to be friends with them, invite them to her house. After such violent treatment I would never insist a seven year old invite the perpetrators to her home. It all ends well though and shows a realistic portrayal of the travelling community, the book shows that some are good and honest and some are not, just like any other group of human beings.

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