Author details

Jess Smith


I am married to Dave, three grown children and seven grand kids. I have four published books. My past lifestyle was wandering the agricultural roads as one of Scotland’s Travelling folk, known as tinkers.

About writer's work

All my work is about the Scottish tinker, stories, songs, poems. Camping grounds of old, language and crafts. I am determined to take out the derogatory and replace it with respect and positive history for future generations.

Current events and projects

Workshops on storytelling and cultural awareness, traditional singing and storytelling and talks on my books.

Other work

Have guested on BBC Radio Scotland, Robbie Shepherd’s show ‘the reel blend’ several times. Recently enjoyed the company of Clare English on Radio Café. Guested as a tale teller on STV’s popular show-Ateal. Co-authored with Robert Dawson –Traveller’s Dialect Poem- ‘Scotia’s Bairn’ was featured in Sunday Post’s millennium edition. ‘Sookin Berries,’ my new book is due for publication in October. Collection of gems for children aged 10+ ‘Matted Cat,’ CD; compilation of songs, stories, poems and music for partially sighted

Associated media and resources


Local authority where they are based

Perth and Kinross

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

5-8, 9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Storyteller, Writer



Books written

Tears for a Tinker

Tears for a Tinker

Author(s): Jess Smith
(final part of three books)
Tales from the Tent

Tales from the Tent

Author(s): Jess Smith
(part two of three books)
Jessie’s Journey

Jessie’s Journey

Author(s): Jess Smith
<p> (part one of three books)  </p> <p> My young life as a Traveller living in a blue Bedford bus with seven sisters, parents and Tiny our wee mongrel dog.