Subscribe to our newsletter:
Picture of "The Turn of the Hand"

"The Turn of the Hand"

A Memoir from the Irish Margins

Editor(s): Michael Hayes
Author(s): Mary Warde
Subject: Irish Studies

Book Description

Recent decades have seen an enormous resurgence in the arts of memoir and life writing. Nowhere is this more true than in the case of Ireland and other postcolonial countries, where memoir has functioned to regenerate and re-present meaningful incidents and events in the pasts of particular individuals or cultural groups. This memoir, written by an “insider,” recalls the lives of various members of the Irish Traveller community during an era of enormous social and cultural change. The Irish Traveller community are a group whose history has often been forgotten, elided or relegated to the cultural margins. We currently live in an age of testimony, however, an era where first-hand accounts and personal experiences challenge us with respect to our suppositions regarding the past. It is only by engaging with memory and the stories which have gone before that we may become true custodians of our individual and communal identities. Books such as the The Turn of the Hand allow us to begin the process that is the “re-imagining” of our cultural histories and identities. In this manner we can preserve our cultural identity for future generations and come to a better understanding of what it means to be truly human.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1124-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1124-6
Date of Publication: 01/08/2009
Pages / Size: 140 / A5
Price: £34.99


Mary Warde is a member of the Irish Traveller community. She worked as a development worker with the Irish Traveller community for many years. She lives in Tuam, County Galway.

Dr. Mícheál Hayes works at the University of Limerick where he lectures on two BA and MA courses (Memory and Belonging: Oral History Methodology and Rationale and Traveller/Roma and Migration History) in the Department of History. He has published more than thirty books on many aspects of Irish migration and on the history of the Irish Diaspora—including Irish Travellers: Representations and Realities (2006). He has also written fiction and poetry. Between 2006 and 2008 he was an AHRC scholar in the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester.

Any author royalties resulting from sales of this book go to Down Syndrome, Ireland.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2082-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2082-2
Date of Publication: 01/06/2010
Pages / Size: 140 / A5
Price: £24.99