20.6.16 Nominations announced for 2016 Holyer an Gof Awards

Gorsedh Kernow’s hard working band of loyal reader reviewers has been keeping the organising committee fully occupied once again with nearly 250 reports submitted for the much anticipated annual Holyer an Gof Publishers Awards, now in its 20th year.

“It was never going to be easy selecting the nominations for Cornwall’s best, recently published, books” said Grand Bard of Cornwall, Merv Davey, Telynor an Werin, “and I am so grateful to all my fellow bards and others with specialist subject knowledge who take the time to carefully read and review all these fantastic new books.”

Promoted annually by Gorsedh Kernow for publications relating to Cornwall or the Cornish language, Holyer An Gof has become a model for Cornish awards and Gorsedh Kernow is very pleased to encourage all supporters of Cornish publishing.

Holyer an Gof reader reviewers meet to begin the selection process for nominations

Holyer an Gof 2016

“Although the number of entries is down this year the quality of writing, illustrating and publishing is as high as ever” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Rael Harvey, “and we are delighted that the Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards continue to attract entries from all round the publishing world, especially those in the hard to reach self publishing sector.”

“The range of nominees, announced today, reflects once more the immense attraction that our beloved Cornwall continues to have not only for historical, technical and niche works  but also for the ever popular fiction subjects beloved of so many readers.”

Holyer an Gof reader reviewers

Holyer an Gof reader reviewers

“These Awards have become an important and much-anticipated annual event,” said Grand Bard Merv Davey, “and we look forward immensely to announcing the winners and celebrating 20 years of Cornish publishing at our prestigious Awards ceremony in July at Waterstones of Truro.”

The nominations for the 2016 Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof annual Awards are:

Combined Classes 1.0 – Cornish language books for teaching, 1.1 – Cornish language books for children and 1.2 – Cornish language books for adults

An Kanker ha’y Dhiwbaw Owrek (The Crab and his Golden Claws) by Herge, translated into Cornish by Mark Trevethan, published by Dalen Kernow.

Cass Coynt an Doctour Jekyll ha Mester Hyde (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) by R L Stevenson, translated into Cornish by Nicholas Williams, published by Evertype.

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

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

Kas ha Dial (Hate and Retribution) by Polin Prys, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

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

Classes 2.0 & 2.1 – Books for children of primary age and books for young adults

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

Fender’s Day at the Harbour by Veronica Lamond, published by Veronica Lamond Ltd.

Soggy and the Giant by Philip Moran & Michael Foreman, published by Mabecron Books.

Class 3 – Adult Fiction

Break in Communication by Jon Gliddon, published by Jon Gliddon (The Choir Press).

Geraint – Last of the Arthurians by Donald R Rawe, published by Lodenek Press.

I Do Not Sleep by Judy Finnigan, published by Little Brown Book Group.

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

The Sea Between Us by Emylia Hall, published by Headline Publishing Group.

Combined Classes 4 – Poetry and 4.1 – Drama

Interim Nation by Alan M Kent, published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

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

Selected Poems – Jack Clemo by Jack Clemo, edited by Luke Thompson, published by Enitharmon Press.

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

A Second Helping of Port Isaac compiled and edited by Dee Littlechild, published by Pisces.

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

Cornish Pirates Legends by Steve Tomlin, published by Amberley Publishing.

Plen an Gwari: The Playing Places of Cornwall by Will Coleman, published by Golden Tree Publications.

Shout Kernow: Celebrating Cornwall’s Pub Songs by Hilary Coleman & Sally Burley, published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

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

Great Wheal Vor: A Study of the history and working of one of the richest tin mines in Cornwall by Tony Bennett, published by The Trevithick Society.

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

Teagle – Reflections on 75+ years by Fred Teagle & Tony Mansell, published by Trelease Publications.

Wheal Bassett – Five centuries of Mining at Carnkie by Allen Buckley, published by The Trevithick Society.

Class 5.2 – Non Fiction in which illustrations predominate

A Brush with the Coast by Sasha Harding, published by Sasha Harding.

Cornish Light – The Nottingham 1894 Exhibition Revisited by David Tovey & Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, published by Sansom & Company.

Class 6 – Booklets

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

give me your painting hand – W. S. Graham & Cornwall by David Whittaker, published by Wavestone Press.

Old Cornwall Spring 2015 & Autumn 2015 edited by Terry Knight, published by Federation of Old Cornwall Societies.

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

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