19.7.18 Gorsedh Kernow Adults Awards 2018 announced

The Council of Gorsedh Kernow has announced the winners of their annual Adults Awards and Competitions after careful adjudication of this year’s impressive range of entries.

Award winner 2017 Tassy Swallow Morvoren Mordonnow with Bardh Meur Merv Davey

Award winner 2017 Tassy Swallow Morvoren Mordonnow with Bardh Meur Merv Davey

“Awards are being given to entries that express the Celtic spirit of real Cornish culture and demonstrate exceptional endeavour or quality of work,” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn, “and as one of my final duties as Grand Bard of Cornwall I look forward to presenting prizes once again to all our talented winners.”

The scheme has once more drawn on a diverse range of work from Cornwall’s creative sector in Cornish language and dialect, Cornish studies and the arts including photography, performance, literature and design.  Gorsedh Kernow has also welcomed nominations for members of the wider community to receive an award for their work caring for Cornwall’s unique culture and identity.

Award winner 2016 Mab Tregarrek - Ed Rowe

Award winner 2016 Mab Tregarrek – Ed Rowe

“Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions are very flexible these days,” said Merv Davey “and we positively welcome entries that encourage learning, understanding and promotion of real Cornish culture.”

The Gorsedh Kernow Adults Awards and Competitions winners for 2018 are:


1.1  Yeth Kernewek / Cornish Language

Tommas Tonkyn (Pol Hodge, Mab Stenak Vur) from Lambriggan – ‘Piesen yn Onnen (Magpie in an Ash Tree)’

Kirsty Lauder from Saltash – short story for intermediate level Cornish – ‘Elowen’

Hilary Payne from Newquay –  short story for intermediate level Cornish – ‘Kellys!’

1.2  Rannyeth / Cornish Dialect

Peter Harwood, Gwas Lanceles from Stratton – short story – ‘Aunt Annie’

Julian Kitto from Helston  – Cornish dialect poetry  – ‘Cornish Legends Re-Visited’

1.3  Studhyansow Kernewek / Cornish Studies

Ben Gilby based in London – academic paper focussed on the contemporary perceptions and developments in the renaissance of Kernewek

John Jenkin, Carrek an Jowl  from Bodmin  – ‘The Call of Distant Lands’

1.4  Skeusenieth / Photography

James Kitto from Helston – 6 photographic images


Awenekter / Creativity

The Glenda Hartland Award for design

Wendy Simpson, Nedhores Restir  from Withiel – two tapestry pictures

Gwenno, based in Cardiff – recent album in the Cornish language – ‘Le Kov’

The Glenda Hartland Award for projects that engage people with Cornish culture

Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor & Dave Brotherton from St Ives for Tir ha Tavas’ multi faceted show ‘Towl Ros!/Cast Net!’

 Sue Ellery-Hill from St Just – English verse on a Cornish subject ‘O Herensa Brythlen’ (My Tartan Love).

Sue Ellery-Hill from St Just – short story set in Cornwall ‘Lamorna Winking’.

Jamie Toms and Lauren Chandler from St Dennis for their performance at the Stadium, Festival Interceltique Lorient, Brittany.

Angela Udy-Mackinnon, Cannas Ylow ha Dons from St Wenn – needle felting images on slate ‘Vanishing Cornwall, The Rumps’ and ‘Vanishing Cornwall, Roche Rock’.

Kemeneth / Community

Len Sheppard from Newquay for his community and heritage work in Newquay.

Jan Lokan from McLaren Vale, South Australia – community award for her work with Kernewek Lowender, Australia in 2017.

Robin Spowart from Newquay for bringing real Cornish culture to the Newquay community with his work for St Piran’s Day.

Sheila Vanloo from St Austell – community award for her work with the arts and culture scene in Cornwall and her work with Radio St Austell Bay.

Mike Hartland Award for work which engages people in Cornish culture

Penryn Production Partnership – community award for the Kemeneth heritage celebration in Penryn.

Special Awards

Tony Snell, Gwas Kevardhu based in Oxford – community award for his contribution to the promotion of the Cornish language through the medium of folk songs.

Paul Phillips from Helston – community award for his work on the Cornish dialect.

Pewas Map Trevethan Award (Paul Smales Award) 2018

Miss Carol Goodwin based in Kent for her invaluable support to the London Cornish Association as Chairman, membership Secretary, website co-ordinator and photographer.

London Cornish Association Shield 2018

Ms Jacqueline Trembath based in Londonfor her important work as Treasurer of London Cornish Association and representing the LCA at key outside events.


The Gorsedh Kernow Awards and Competitions 2018 scheme enables Gorsedh Kernow to recognise and celebrate a wide range of Cornish cultural activity alongside the more traditional arts and literary entries and allows for entries to be submitted through new media technologies.

Displays and video presentations from several of the Awards winners will be available for viewing from 12noon onwards on Thursday 30th  August in the small dining room of the Hotel Bristol, Newquay. Entry is free.

The Awards Presentation evening, part of the Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture, will take place at 7pm on Thursday 30th  August at the Hotel Bristol, Newquay and will be hosted by bard Jon Cleave, Lev Enev an Tir.  Entry is free and all are welcome to attend.

For further information about and a full programme for the Gorsedh Kernow Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture please visit our website https://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/esedhvos.html

For general information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Hon Secretary, Gorsedh Kernow,

email  hon.secretary@gorsedhkernow.org.uk

or visit our website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk