We have been at Cape Clear Storytelling Festival. For three days our lives were filled with stories and songs in an amazingly beautiful location. In the picture dozens of shoes are drying in front of the hostel’s fireplace after coming back from one of the venues in the heavy rain. As soon as we got back we put on a “wamilin coo cavie”, which is a “boilig kettle” in the Cant language. It was one of the featured storytellers of this festival’s edition who taught us these words and told us to keep them as a treasure. Sheila Steward is a member of the Travellers community in Scotland and the last one in a line of people who could still speak the Cant language. She made me get goosebumps with her ballads and stories, some of them as old as eight centuries.

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