30.01.17 Press Release – Holyer an Gof Publishers Awards 2017

Organisers of Gorsedh Kernow’s Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards are once again actively seeking books published between 1st January and 31st December 2016 either in Cornish or about Cornwall to enter in the 2017 competition.

“We are looking for the very best books about Cornwall or in Cornish” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn “and we are very grateful for the support we receive from all the publishers who submit entries each year.”

“Although the 2016 Awards attracted a slightly smaller number of entries than the previous year we were delighted with the wide range of subjects and specialisms,” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Rael Harvey, Myrgh Mydroilyn.

Holyer an Gof 2016 winners
Holyer an Gof 2016 winners

The range of books for primary age children and young adults particularly impressed the panel of reader reviewers and the winning entry in these categories, ‘Captured’, the incredible story of 11 year old Thomas Pellow who set sail from Falmouth harbour to deliver Cornish fish to Italy, was judged a very worthy winner.

“I am utterly delighted that ‘Captured’ was awarded a Holyer an Gof award” said 2016 winning writer Craig Green, “and if that wasn’t enough, it was also awarded the Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin cup, a trophy awarded to the outstanding children’s book of the year.”

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

“I was flabbergasted,” said Craig Green, accepting the award for himself and illustrator Oliver Hurst, “such a brilliant evening!”

There is still time to submit entries and all books about Cornwall or the Cornish language and people published between 1st January and 31st December 2016 are eligible.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 28th February 2017.

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For further information about the Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards please contact Peter Harvey, Godhonyth an Nor, email enquiries@holyerangofawards.org.uk

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The Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards are promoted annually by Gorsedh Kernow for publications relating to Cornwall or the Cornish language and her people 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.

Books published between 1st January and 31st December 2016 are eligible for entry into the 2017 Awards.  The closing date for entries is Tuesday 28th February 2017.

These prestigious awards are becoming a must-have for publishers and were established and organised by members of Gorsedh Kernow to raise the standard and profile of publishing in Cornwall.

An extensive panel of readers, drawn mainly from the Gorsedh Kernow College of Bards and others with particular expertise, review carefully all the books submitted each year by publishers.

Winning entries in each one of 12 categories 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 Holyer an Gof Trophy, given by and presented on behalf of the late Joan Truran, is perpetual and awarded for the most outstanding entry in the competition.

Nominees and winners of all the Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards will be publicised through a press release and Gorsedh Kernow’s website http://www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk/holyerangof.html

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