Gorsedh Kernow has announced the winners of the annual Holyer an Gof competition at a prestigious Awards ceremony held on Tuesday 14th July at Waterstones of Truro.
Established and organised by Gorsedh Kernow to raise the standard and profile of publishing in Cornwall, this year’s winners were once again chosen from the best, recently published books about Cornwall or in Cornish.
“Our readers have risen to the challenge once again with an even bigger number of entries to review,” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Rael Harvey, “which is why we have such an extensive panel of readers, drawn from the Gorsedh Kernow College of Bards and others with expertise and knowledge of their particular subject.”
Holyer an Gof has become a model for Cornish awards and Gorsedh Kernow continues to encourage new publications about Cornwall and the Cornish language.
“There is always a really strong entry in the adult fiction and non fiction classes and the standard of publishing just gets better and better,” said Rael Harvey, “but we would like to see more entries next year in the poetry and drama classes.”
“We are very proud of the Holyer an Gof competition and we are delighted by the support we receive from all the publishers who submit entries each year.” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Maureen Fuller.
“People are becoming more and more interested in Cornwall and this is why Gorsedh Kernow maintains a commitment to these Awards which have become an important and much-anticipated annual event.”
The Winners of the 2015 Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards are:
Class 1.0 – Cornish language books for teaching
Holyewgh an Lergh – Book II (Follow The Trail – Book II) by Graham Sandercock, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.
Class 1.1 – Cornish language books for children
Briallen ha’n Alyon (Primrose and the Alien) by Steve Harris, published by Ors Sempel.
Class 1.2 – Cornish language books for adults
Tintin: An Ynys Dhu (Tintin: the Black Island) by Herge (Translated by Mark Trevethan), published by Dalen Kernow.
Winner of the Kowethas Cup for authorship or translation from Class 1
Alys y’n Vro a Varthusyon ha Der an Gweder-Mires (Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) by Lewis Carroll (Translated by Ray Edwards & Tony Hak), published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.
Classes 2.0 & 2.1 – Books for children of primary age and books for young adults and winner of the Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup
A-Z of Cornwall Series of 6 books – What we love about Cornwall by Redruth School – Year 7 pupils, published by Redruth School / St Austell Printing Co.
Class 3 – Adult Fiction
Nasty Pasty by Jon Cleave, published by Jon Cleave.
Class 4 – Poetry and Drama
There were no nominations this year for Class 4
Class 5 – Non Fiction – History, Language and Creative Arts
Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden, published by Granta Publications (Granta books).
Class 5.1 – Non Fiction – Marine, Industrial Heritage and Environment
The Maritime History of Cornwall by Philip Payton, Alston Kennerley & Helen Doe, published by University of Exeter Press.
Class 5.2 – Non Fiction in which illustrations predominate
Salt of the Earth by David & Jan Penprase, published by D & J Publishing.
Class 6 – Booklets
Bal Maidens of the St Just Peninsula by Lynne Mayers, published by Blaize Bailey Books.
The Waterstones Award, chosen by the Manager and Staff of Waterstones Truro, was won by Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden, published by Granta Publications (Granta books).
The winner of the Literary Salver, chosen by members of the Cornish Literary Guild, was Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place by Philip Marsden, published by Granta Publications (Granta books).
The Holyer an Gof Trophy 2015, for the most outstanding entry in the whole competition, was awarded to Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture, XI, Early Cornish Sculpture by Ann Preston-Jones & Elisabeth Okasha, published by Oxford University Press/British Academy.
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Further Notes for Editors
The Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards are promoted annually by Gorsedh Kernow for publications relating to Cornwall or the Cornish language and were launched in 1996 in memory of Redruth Publisher and Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, Leonard Truran, whose bardic name was Holyer an Gof – Follower of The Smith.
The awards were established and organised by members of Gorsedh Kernow to raise the standard and profile of publishing in Cornwall.
The panel of reader reviewers mainly comprises members of the Gorsedh Kernow College of Bards and others with particular expertise.
Details of all the entries, nominations and Award winners for 2015 can be found on the Holyer an Gof section of the Gorsedh Kernow website www.holyerangofawards.org.uk
The Kowethas Cup, presented by Kowethas an Yeth, is awarded for authorship or an original work, or translation into, the Cornish language.
The Holyer an Gof Trophy, presented by the late Joan Truran, is perpetual and awarded for the most outstanding entry in the whole competition.
The Waterstones Award is selected and awarded by the Manager and Staff of Waterstones Truro who also sponsor the Awards Evening.
In addition to the Kowethas Cup, the Holyer an Gof Trophy and the Waterstones Award, the Cornish Literary Guild present a second perpetual award, The Literary Salver, to an author of their choice. Nominations for this award are made by the panel of readers and a winner is chosen by members of the Cornish Literary Guild.
Winning entries in each category are announced and prizes awarded at a special Presentation evening at Waterstones in Truro, with each category winner receiving a certificate from Gorsedh Kernow. The winner of the Holyer an Gof Trophy is invited also to nominate a Cornish charity of their choice to receive a £100 donation.