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The Vagabond Mother by Tracey Scott-Townsend
The Vagabond Mother
by Tracey Scott-Townsend
Publisher: Wild Pressed Books
Not every Vagabond is a Castaway…
Maya Galen’s oldest son, Jamie, left home eight years ago after a massive row with his parents and now Joe, her youngest child and apple of her eye, has cut off all contact with them too.
Called to Australia to identify the body of a young man, Maya is given her son’s journal. After a sleepless night she decides that the only thing she can do is follow in Joe’s footsteps and try to discover her most basic human self. Eschewing a monetary lifestyle, from now on she must rely on her physical and emotional strength to survive.
Following Joe’s hand-drawn maps and journal entries, she travels from Australia to Denmark and beyond, meeting many other travellers along the way and learning valuable lessons.
Eventually a crisis forces her to return home and confront the end of her marriage, but also a new understanding of what family, in the widest sense, really means.
Exploring the big questions at the heart of human existence, The Vagabond Mother shares territory with books and films such as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
About the Author
Tracey is the author of five novels, three with Wild Pressed Books. Tracey is also a poet and has produced three pamphlets. She has performed at Hull’s Freedom Festival and in many local open mic settings. She won an Apples and Snakes commission for Deranged Poetesses: ‘Maidens’ at Arc Stockton in March 2018.
As a Visual Artist, Tracey’s narrative work utilises digital photography and moving image as a starting point. Drawings, mixed media paintings and delicate 3D work made from materials such as tissue paper and muslin, (and now the Apple Pencil) are inspired by the emotions of her own experiences and perceptions.
She has a Fine Art MA (University of Lincoln) and a BA Hons Visual Studies (Humberside Polytechnic) She has exhibited throughout the UK (as Tracey Scott) and initiated several independent artist led projects with diverse groups of people within the community, schools and residential homes.