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Why the moon travel's is a haunting collection of 20 tales rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller community. Brave vixens, prophetic owls and stalwart horses live alongside the human characters as guides, protectors, friends and foes while spirits, giants, and fairies blur the lines between this world and the otherworld. Collected by Oein DeBhairduin throughout his childhood and retold in his lyrical style.

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"A truly important book. Manages somehow to embody in the same breath the dazzling philosophy of the Pavee and the powerful poetry in their stories. Oein DeBhairduin’s lovely introductions are passionate and beautifully written in their own right, and his versions of these vivid stories are extraordinary and deeply affecting. The whole enterprise is both personal and universal, and also marks the debut of a true writer." (Sebastian Barry)

"The human world and the natural world, myth, folkore, kindness and cruelty combine in DeBhairduin’s skilful and vivid collection, and the reader is left with a deep sense of the power of story, and of love in the life of a child." (Deirdre Sullivan)

"These stories are timeless and otherworldly, urging us - in these difficult times - to look to nature, family & the power of words and storytelling." (Sinéad Gleeson)

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