8.3.16 St Piran’s Day Book Launch

Ann Jenkin, Stephen Gadd & Jori Ansell
Ann Jenkin, Stephen Gadd & Jori Ansell

Among the many St Piran’s Day celebrations a new book ‘Scryfer: Robert Victor Walling, Bard and Journalist 1895-1976’ was launched at Camborne Rugby Club by past Grand Bard Jori Ansell (Caradoc) in the presence of lead authors, past Grand Bard Ann Trevenen Jenkin (Bryallen) and Dr Stephen Gadd (Reskadinnick), originally from Camborne and educated at Redruth School.

The book is sponsored by Gorsedh Kernow and Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

R V Walling had been injured in France in the First World War and lay in hospital studying and writing in the Cornish language. This resulted in a magazine An Houlsedhas, published as a facsimile in the book for the first time, with an English translation together with his biography. It has never before been seen by the general public.

Gareth Parry (Mab Meliner Gwlan), Chair of Gorsedh Kernow Archives and Publications Committee commented “This it is a superb publication. The content is fascinating. There is so much material in it that I, and I am sure many others, was totally unaware of.  I’m delighted that it will now be accessible to so many other Cornish speakers and to Celtic scholars world-wide. This is, without doubt, a publication that both Gorsedh Kernow and Kesva an Taves Kernewek will be immensely proud of”.