Spokes is made up of stories from across the Traveller world featuring British Gypsies; Irish Travellers; East European Roma; and people whose Romani background has remained under wraps in the face of a hostile world.
There's an old violinist, a middle-aged mechanic, a young radio presenter, a schoolboy, a retired banker, a tea-lady, and a teacher.
Janna Eliot – under the pen name of Rukshana Smith – is the author of several previous young adult novels including Sumitra’s Story, Salt on the Snow and Rainbows of the Gutter.
She was born in England of Russian, Armenian, and Roma heritage. Her novels tend to deal with displacement and the search for cultural identity. She is a member of the Gypsy Council, the Roma Support Group and plays guitar with the London Gypsy Orchestra.