12.7.18 Holyer an Gof 2018 Publishers’ Awards winners announced

Gorsedh Kernow has announced the winners of the annual Holyer an Gof Publishers’ competition at a prestigious Awards ceremony held on Wednesday 11th July, hosted for the first time by the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro with special guest mc Jon Cleave, Lev Enev an Tir fronting these popular Awards.

Jon Cleave
Jon Cleave

“We are very grateful indeed for the support shown over previous years by Andrew Forster, manager of Waterstones in Truro and his hard working staff,” said Grand Bard Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn, “and I am pleased that Holyer an Gof books will continue to be available for purchase in their Truro store.”

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.

“We usually receive a good number of entries in the fiction for adults class although that is up by 35% this year and we are very pleased indeed to see more than a 50% increase in entries to the non-fiction history, language and creative arts class,” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Gareth Parry, Mab Meliner Gwlan.

Gorsedh Kernow, now celebrating its 90th anniversary year as an organisation creating and promoting real Cornish culture, is keen to build on this success and has accepted gratefully the offer of holding its prestigious Awards evening at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

“We are delighted to be hosting the Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards evening here at the Royal Cornwall Museum,” said Royal Institution of Cornwall Director Ian Wall, “and we look forward to welcoming publishers, authors and other guests as they anticipate the results.”

Holyer an Gof Publishers Awards winners 2018
Holyer an Gof Publishers Awards winners 2018

The winners of the 2018 Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publisher’s Awards are:

Class 1.1 – Cornish language books for children

Ted a Rewl an Bys by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, translated by Pol Hodge, published by Barrington Stoke.

 Class 1.2 – Cornish language books for adults

Dicky Holla by Rod Lyon, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

Class 1.3 – Books translated into Cornish

Pystrior Marthus Pow Oz by L. Frank Baum, translated by Nicholas Williams, published by Evertype.

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

Dicky Holla by Rod Lyon, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

Class 2.0  – Books for children of primary age

A Song for Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan by Hilary Robinson & Martin Impey, published by Strauss House Productions.

Class 2.1  – Books for young adults

The Ghosts of Blackbottle Rock by Martyn Beardsley, published by Our Street Books, John Hunt Publishing.

Winner of the Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup

A Song for Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan by Hilary Robinson & Martin Impey, published by Strauss House Productions.

Class 3 – Adult Fiction

Dan Daddow’s Cornish Comicalities by Alan M Kent, published by Ryelands (Halsgrove).

Runner –up To Untie a Sealed Knot by S.J. Haxton, self published via Boswell Book Publishing.

Class 4 – Poetry

A Certain Man edited by Simon Parker, published by Scryfa.

The Holyer an Gof Trophy, awarded to one of the winners in classes 1 to 4.

Dan Daddow’s Cornish Comicalities by Alan M Kent, published by Ryelands (Halsgrove).

Class 5.0 – Non Fiction – History, Language and Creative Arts

Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols by Hilary Coleman and Sally Burley, published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

Runner-up A Cornish Celtic Way by Nigel Marns, self published.

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

Penlee Lifeboat Station: Service not Self by Rachael Campney, published by the RNLI.

Class 5.2 – Non Fiction in which illustrations predominate

Stanhope Forbes: Father of the Newlyn School by Elizabeth Knowles, published by Sansom & Company.

Class 6 – Booklets

The Great Cornish Cake Bake Cake Book by Judy Lawton, published by Cornwall Hospice Care Ltd.

The new Federation of Old Cornwall Societies (FOCS) Holyer an Gof Cup – awarded to one of the winners in classes 5 and 6.

Hark! The Glad Sound of Cornish Carols by Hilary Coleman and Sally Burley, published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

Holyer an Gof FOCS cup 2018
Holyer an Gof FOCS cup 2018

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For further information about the Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards please contact Holyer an Gof co-organiser Pat Parry, Gwylan Gernow,  email  enquiries@holyerangofawards.org.uk

For general information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Gorsedh Kernow Honorary Secretary, email  hon.secretary@gorsedhkernow.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 were launched in 1996 in memory of Redruth Publisher and Bard of Gorsedh Kernow, 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 Gorsedh Kernow’s College of Bards and others with particular expertise.

Details of all the entries for 2018 can be found on the Holyer an Gof website www.holyerangofawards.org.uk

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