Jess Smith

(born 1948 - ) - Perthshire

Jess Smith

Jess Smith is a traditional storyteller from Perthshire. A Traveller, Jess's chlldhood was spent travelling the length and breadth of Scotland in an old blue bus. Her three autobiographical books - Jessie's Journey, Tales From The Tent and Tears for A Tinker - chart her life, from early childhood until the time she left the travelling life. The books are rich in stories - of ghosts and fairies, of childhood innocence and family sadness, all with a rich vein of humour. All three books have quickly become Scottish best-sellers.

The stories she tells have been handed down through generations of traveller's tales, camp fire gatherings and family traditions. Jess is now a professional storyteller, and runs workshops, gatherings, concerts and fora, and is a member of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Jess's first novel was Braur's Rest, and has also written a short story collection called Sookin' Berries.

  • Cover scan of Jessie's Journey
    Jessie's Journey: Autobiography Of A Traveller Girl - Paperback
    Between the ages of five and 15, Jess Smith lived with her parents, sisters and a dog called Tiny in an old blue Bedford bus. Free from conventional restrictions, they travelled the length and breadth of Scotland and beyond. Jess's story is full of dramatic events, colourful characters, earthy humour and a zest for life.
  • Cover scan of Sookin' Berries
    Sookin' Berries: Tales Of Scottish Travellers - Paperback
    Acclaimed for her autobiographical trilogy, 'Jessie's Journey', Jess Smith is on a mission to pass on the stories she heard as a girl to the young readers of today.
  • Cover scan of Tales From The Tent
    Tales From The Tent: Jessie's Journey Continues - Paperback
    In 'Tales From the Tent' Jess Smith - Scottish traveller, hawker, gypsy, 'gan-about' and storyteller - continues the unforgettable story of her life on the road.


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