Len TruanThe annual Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards were instigated in 1996 for books published in 1995 and are so named in memory of Redruth publisher and Cornish Bard Leonard Truran (left), whose Bardic name was Holyer an Gof - Follower of The Smith.  

The scheme was established and is organised by Bards of Gorsedh Kernow to promote books about Cornwall, set in Cornwall or in Cornish (Kernewek).  

Each year about 80 books are submitted by publishers from Cornwall and beyond and these are read and evaluated by members of a panel of Readers. The winning entries are announced at a presentation evening held in Truro in July. 

There are 12 categories, each nominated book receiving a Gorsedh Kernow Certificate.  

In addition the following awards are made at the Waterstones presentation evening: Awards 1 - 4 are decided by Holyer an Gof Readers. The Waterstones' Award is decided by the manager and staff of Waterstones, Truro.

  1. The Holyer an Gof Cup, gifted by the late Joan Truran, in memory of her husband, is perpetual and awarded for the most outstanding entry in Classes 1 - 4. The winner is asked to select a Cornish charity to receive a donation. 
  2. In 2018 it's planned to introduce a second award, kindly donated by the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, especially for non-fiction books. This will be awarded in classes 4 - 5 and the winner will also be asked to nominate a Cornish charity.
  3. The Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek Cup awarded for the best original work or translation into Cornish (Kernewek).
  4. The Gorsedh Kernow - Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup awarded for authorship in the class for children and young adults.
  5. The Waterstones' Award given to an author selected by Waterstones Bookshop, Truro.

Holyer an Gof logo designed by Esther Johns