Press Release – Holyer an Gof 2016 Award winners announced

Gorsedh Kernow has announced the winners of the annual Holyer an Gof competition at a prestigious Awards ceremony held on Tuesday 12th July, hosted by Waterstones of Truro with special guest mc Edward Rowe, Mab Tregarrek fronting the 20th year of these popular Awards.

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.

Holyer an Gof 2016 winners
Holyer an Gof 2016 winners

“The range of entries has been truly remarkable this year,” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Rael Harvey, Myrgh Mydroilyn, “and our wonderful panel of readers, drawn from the Gorsedh Kernow College of Bards and others with expertise and knowledge of their particular subject, have once again done a great job.”

Holyer an Gof has become a model for Cornish awards and Gorsedh Kernow continues to encourage new publications about Cornwall and the Cornish language.

“It’s amazing that we are celebrating the 20th year of the Holyer an Gof Awards,” said Rael Harvey, “and we continue to attract entries from all round the publishing world, but we need to work even harder next year to capture those in the difficult to reach self publishing sector.”

“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 Merv Davey, Telynor an Werin, who presented certificates and cups to the winners.

Grand Bard Merv Davey, Holyer an Gof 2016
Grand Bard Merv Davey, Holyer an Gof 2016

“Minority Status has captured people’s attention and many are becoming more and more interested in books and publications about Cornwall and her unique language. Gorsedh Kernow maintains a commitment to these Awards which continue to be an important and much-anticipated annual event.”

The winners of the 2016 Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards are:

1.0 – Cornish language books for teaching

Gerlyver Poket (Pocket Dictionary) edited by Ken George, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

1.1 – Cornish language books for children

Winni-an-Pou (Winnie the Pooh) by A A Milne, translated by John Parker, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

1.2 – Cornish language books for adults

Dhe Emlow an Galaksi (To the Edge of the Galaxy) by Rod Lyon, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

Rod Lyon receives Kowethas an Yeth Cup from Chairman of Kowethas Loveday Jenkin
Rod Lyon receives Kowethas an Yeth Cup from Chairman of Kowethas Loveday Jenkin

Winner of the Kowethas Cup for authorship or translation from Class 1

Dhe Emlow an Galaksi (To the Edge of the Galaxy) by Rod Lyon, 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

Craig Green receives Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup
Craig Green receives Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup

Captured! The incredible True Story of Thomas Pellow by Craig Green & Oliver Hurst, published by Mabecron Books.

Class 3 – Adult Fiction

The Divided Way by Sheila Pilley, published by St Ives Printing & Publishing Co.

Combined Classes 4 – Poetry and 4.1 – Drama

National Minority by Alan M Kent, published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

Class 5 – Non Fiction – History, Language and Creative Arts

Battle Beneath the Trenches by Robert K Johns published by Pen & Sword Books Limited.

Class 5.1 – Non Fiction – Marine, Industrial Heritage and Environment

Loe Bar and the Sandhill Rustic Moth by Adrian Spalding, published by Brill, Leiden.

Class 5.2 – Non Fiction in which illustrations predominate

Cornish Light – The Nottingham 1894 Exhibition Revisited by David Tovey for Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance & Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, published by Sansom & Company.

Class 6 – Booklets

Botallack Sketchbook 3 by Glynda Winterson, published by Vann Halman Publishing.

Clive Boutle, Sally Burley & Hilary Coleman receive the Waterstones Award from Gaye Lush
Clive Boutle, Sally Burley & Hilary Coleman receive the Waterstones Award from Gaye Lush

The Waterstones Award, chosen by the Manager and Staff of Waterstones Truro, was won by Shout Kernow: Celebrating Cornwall’s Pub Songs by Hilary Coleman & Sally Burley, published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

 

 

The winner of the Literary Salver, chosen by members of the Cornish Literary Guild, was Geraint – Last of the Arthurians by Donald R Rawe, published by Lodenek Press.

Bardh Meur Merv Davey presents Literary Salver to Donald Rawe, with Ann Jenkin.
Bardh Meur Merv Davey presents Literary Salver to Donald Rawe, with Ann Jenkin.

The Holyer an Gof Trophy 2015, for the most outstanding entry in the whole competition, was awarded to Loe Bar and the Sandhill Rustic Moth by Adrian Spalding, published by Brill, Leiden.

 

Adrian Spalding receives Holyer an Gof Cup from Grand Bard Merv Davey
Adrian Spalding receives Holyer an Gof Cup from Grand Bard Merv Davey

 

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For further information about the Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards please contact Rael Harvey, email  enquiries@holyerangofawards.org.uk

For general information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Gorsedh Kernow Communications Officer

email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

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 for 2016 can be found on the Holyer an Gof website www.holyerangofawards.org.uk

For photos of 2016 book covers see http://www.holyerangofawards.org.uk/publications_nominated_2016.html

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 Holyer an Gof Trophy and the Waterstones Award, the Cornish Literary Guild will 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 will be 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 will also receive a £100 donation to the Cornish charity of their choice.

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