The Pavee and the Buffer Girl
Illustrated by Emma Shoard
"I think the story burned within Siobhan. And I think the reason it burned within her was because it was also an act of compassion, of empathy, an act – dare I say it – of love."
Jim Curran is a Traveller child newly settled in the town of Dundray. The authorities have forced him into the local school, but it’s a hostile place for a Traveller. He suffers prejudice and violence but also makes a friend in a girl called Kit. Under Kit’s care Jim begins to find a place for himself in Dundray, but everyday prejudice and a shocking act of violence intervene to uproot his life once more.
A stunning story by the much-missed Siobhan Dowd, brought to life in stunning ink-and-wash artwork by rising star Emma Shoard.
“The protagonists in my stories aren’t human rights heroes in the conventional sense.
They are ordinary people living in England and Ireland who find extraordinary ways to overcome the difficulties in their lives and for me that’s the essence of any good story: it’s where the ordinary meets the extraordinary.”
- Siobhan Dowd
Publication Date: 02 March 2017