July 16th 2023. In a Press Release today, Gorsedh Kernow said:
‘Holyer an Gof winners were announced on Saturday 15th July at a packed ceremony at the amazing Kresen Kernow, Redruth’s ‘home for Cornwall’s archives’
Short-listed publishers and authors came from all over Cornwall and beyond to receive their certificates and cups from Deputy Grand Bard Jenefer Lowe and join the Holyer team of reader-reviewers in celebrating Cornwall’s vibrant publishing world. Singer, fiddler and winning author Mike O’Connor and Gorsedh Kernow harpist Barbara Griggs entertained the seventy-plus guests during a short interval with a mixture of haunting music and ‘join in the chorus’ songs.
The annual awards scheme was launched in 1996 and is named in memory of Redruth publisher and Cornish Bard Leonard Truran, whose Bardic name was Holyer an Gof – Follow of the Smith (Michael an Gof led the 1497 Cornish rebellion). A team of forty reader-reviewers read and assess an annual entry of about eighty books about Cornwall, set in Cornwall or in Kernewek, the Cornish language. The new ‘Holyer year’ begins in November and publishers are invited to visit the website https://holyerangofawards.org.uk/ and submit books that they have published in 2023 that fit these criteria.’
The 2023 winners are here.