20.6.19 Press Release – Nominations announced for 2019 Holyer an Gof Awards

Gorsedh Kernow’s hard working band of loyal reader reviewers has been keeping the organising committee very busy once again submitting reviews for the much anticipated annual Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards, now in its 23rd year.

“The quality of publications submitted for these Awards never ceases to impress us and this year’s entries are as good as we have ever seen,” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Gareth Parry, Mab Meliner Gwlan.

“The Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards continue to attract entries from all round the publishing world and we are particularly pleased to see entries from new authors writing about Cornwall as well as old favourites.”

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.

“These Awards have become an important and much-anticipated annual event,” said Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne, Melennek, “and following the success of last year’s event we are really pleased to be returning to the Royal Institute of Cornwall Museum in Truro for our gala Awards presentation evening which will be hosted by our very special guest, the Radio Cornwall presenter Tiffany Truscott.”

“We look forward to welcoming winning authors, publishers and other invited guests to be part of this special evening which will also celebrate Gorsedh Kernow’s 90th anniversary year.”

The nominations for the 2019 Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof annual Awards are:

Class 1a – Cornish language books for teaching

A Learners’ Cornish Dictionary by Steve Harris, Dee Harris, Peter Harvey, Rael Harvey, published by Ors Sempel / An Kylgh Kernewek.

Class 1b – Cornish language books for children

Morgowr ov by Judy Scrimshaw, published by Granny Moff Books.

Class 1c – Cornish language books for adults

Bewnans Meryasek edited by Ray Chubb, published by Agan Tavas.

Hwedhel an Pyskador ha Taklow Erell by John Parker, published by Dyllansow Cressar.

Class 1d – Books translated into Cornish

Aventurs Pinocchio translated by Nicholas Williams, published by Evertype.

Class 2a  – Books for children of primary age

Cornish Folk Tales for Children by Mike O’Connor, published by The History Press.

Grandfather’s Story by Philip Moran and Michael Foreman, published by Mabecron Books.

Morgowr and the Pirate Eating Megalodon by Judy Scrimshaw, published by Granny Moff Books.

Treasure from the Sea by Liza Wollett and Sarah McCartney, published by Mabecron Books.

Class 2b  – Books for young adults

Only the Ocean by Natasha Carthew, published by Bloomsbury YA.

The Truth Teller by Petrus Ursem, published by Gresham House Studios Ltd.

Class 3 – Fiction for Adults

Cornish Short Stories edited by Emnma Timpany & Felicity Notley, published by The History Press.

Panic Room by Robert Goddard, published by Transworld Publishers/Bantam Press.

The Letter by Ruth Saberton, published by Millington.

The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield, published by Allison & Busby.

Class 4a - Poetry

There were no nominations in this class for 2019.

Class 4b – Drama

The Incredible Balti Celtic Carpet Ride by Alan M Kent, published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

Class 5a – Non fiction – Social, Cultural and Political History

Antique Maps of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by R.C.E. Quixley and J.M.E. Quixley, published by R.C.E. Quixley.

Brenda: For the Love of Cornwall by Sue Ellery-Hill, self published.

The Married Widows of Cornwall by Lesley Trotter, published by Humble History Press.

Stratton Churchwardens’ Accounts edited by Joanna Mattingly, published by Boydell and Brewer.

Trusting Fully Trusting by Dick Cole and Ann Reynolds, published by St Enoder Parish Council.

Class 5b – Non fiction – Science, Environment and Industrial / Marine

The Official Guide to the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site by Emma Parkman and Ainsley Cocks for the World Heritage Site Office, published by the World Heritage Site Office.

The Pentewan Railway by Dr. M. J. T. Lewis, published by Twelveheads Press.

Class 5c – Non fiction – Leisure and Lifestyle

Illustrations of the Leach Pottery St Ives by Hilary Jean Gibson, published by Redrawing History.

Class 5d – Non fiction – Memoir

St Ives Allure by David Whittaker, published by Wavestone Press.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, published by Penguin Random House.

Class 6 - Booklets

Eden Project: the Guide 2018/19 by Eden Books, published by Transworld Publishers/Eden Project Books.

Kenewgh! Sing! edited by Merv Davey, published by the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies.

End of Press Release


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

Further notes for editors

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 nominations for 2019 can be found on https://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/HolyeranGof/publications_nominated_2019.html

Details of all the entries for 2019 can be found on https://gorsedhkernow.org.uk/HolyeranGof/publications_entered_2019.html

Winning entries in each category will be announced and prizes awarded at a special Presentation evening at the Royal Institution of Cornwall Museum in Truro. Each nominee will receive a Gorsedh Kernow certificate.  In addition there will be four Awards made during the presentation evening;

The Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek Cup – awarded for the best original work in Cornish (Kernewek).

The Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup – awarded for authorship in the class for children and young adults.

The Old Cornwall Society Holyer an Gof Cup – awarded to one of the winners in classes 5 and 6.

The Holyer an Gof Trophy, donated by the late Joan Truran, awarded to one of the winners in classes 1 to 4.

The winners of the Holyer an Gof Trophy and the Old Cornwall Society Holyer an Gof Cup will also each receive a £50 donation to the Cornish charity of their choice.