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Join us for the Wee Bessie book launch!

Please join us at The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh on Thursday November 7th to celebrate the launch of Wee Bessie and on Saturday, 9th November for an children’s event of an afternoon of stories and crafts. Both events are free.

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Thursday, November 7th at 7.30 pm

Join us, HOTT Heart of the Travellers at the official book launch of the much-anticipated children’s picture book Wee Bessie, written by David G Pullar and illustrated by Ruthie Redden. This lovely book is inspired by the childhood of Scottish Traveller Betsy Whyte, one of Scotland’s most celebrated storytellers, who recalled extraordinary real-life tales in her autobiography The Yellow on the Broom.

Date: 07 Nov
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
For all ages
Free entry (ticketed).

To book a free ticket for the Book Launch, click here: Book Launch Ticket

Saturday, November 9th at 2.30 – 3.30 pm  Children’s Event

Join storyteller and author Jess Smith and HOTT Heart of the Travellers for an afternoon of stories and crafts based on the children’s picture book Wee Bessie.

Date: 09 Nov
Time: 14:30 – 15:30
Age: 3+
Free entry (ticketed).

To book a free ticket for the Children’s Event, click here: Children’s Event


The Scottish Storytelling Centre,
43-45 High Street,
EH1 1SR.

A Message from the Heart

In a small, quiet spot in Argyll, at a place where three roads meet, lies a heart made from white quartz. This is the Tinkers’ Heart: a space sacred to Scotland’s Travelling people.

Tinkers Heart 2c

It is a place of love, of loss and of memory. It is a place where marriages were made, where children were named and where those Travelling men who lost their lives in wars were remembered.

It is a place of both of ancestors and descendants; where the past, the present and the future merge on the three roads.

Travellers in times past walked the earth lightly and their sacred spaces have always been hidden in plain view. That sacred place was simply the landscapes they passed through.

This is one more reason the Tinkers’ Heart is special. It is a physical monument, laid out in white quartz chuckie stones, a place that is a focus for the memory of the many roles Travellers have played in the history of Scotland.


Celebrate this little bit of Scotland and remember the many people who passed that way in their Summer Walking days.

Have a wee look at Jonny Burke’s video of a drone flight over the Heart and enjoy its beauty and tranquillity: Fly over the Heart

The Heart of the Travellers:



Wee Bessie

Meet David G Pullar

Posted by , July 9, 2019

Meet the author of our book Wee Bessie. David G Pullar is a prefessional gardener from Montrose, since the age of 16 David has been showcasing the histories, traditions and customs of Scotlands travelling people.The great grandson of much celebrated Traveller Betsy Whyte has found inspiration in her work and life, especially her connection with nature. […]

Wee Bessie

Introducing Ruthie

Posted by , June 13, 2019

Meet the illustrator of our book Wee Bessie. Ruthie Redden Artist is an artist and illustrator based in Galloway on Scotland’s beautiful wild southwest coast in the artists town of kirkcudbright. Through her research Ruthie explores the folklore, history and tradition rooted in Scotland’s past, much of it on the brink of being lost.  As […]

Wee Bessie

Wee Bessie Project

Posted by , May 19, 2019

We are very excited to tell everyone that we have secured funding from The National Lottery Awards for All for a new book project. “The Yellow on the Broom” by Betsy Whyte is being reworked for a new audience by her grandson, David Pullar. Aimed at sharing the stories of Scottish Travellers’ culture with a […]


Media Coverage

Posted by , April 13, 2019

Historical Environment Scotland has featured our own Jess Smith in a video about the Tinkers Heart. The People’s Friend Magazine has also covered an article on the Tinkers Heart. The article and small video can be seen below.