Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards

The annual Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards were instigated in 1996 for books published in 1995 and are so named in memory of Redruth publisher and Cornish Bard Leonard Truran, whose Bardic name was Holyer an Gof – Follower of The Smith. The scheme was established and is organised by Bards of Gorsedh Kernow to promote books about Cornwall, set in Cornwall or in Cornish (Kernewek).

Each year about 60 – 80 books are submitted by publishers from Cornwall and beyond and these are read and evaluated by members of a panel of Readers. The winning entries are announced at a presentation evening held in July.

There are 12 categories, each nominated book receiving a Gorsedh Kernow Certificate. There is a winning book in each class/sub-class, which receives a Gorsedh Kernow Winner’s Certificate.

In addition the following awards are made at the presentation evening.

  1. The Holyer an Gof Cup, gifted by the late Joan Truran, in memory of her husband, is perpetual and awarded for the most outstanding entry in Classes 1 – 4.
  2. The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies Holyer an Gof Cup which is awarded for the most outstanding entry in classes 5 & 6.
  3. The Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek Cup which is awarded for the best original fiction work or translation into Cornish (Kernewek).
  4. The Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup which is awarded for authorship in the class for children and young adults.
2023-4 entries

2023-4 entries

You'll find a list of this year's entries here. Right-click and Save Link As to download the pdf (landscape).

Guidelines for readers

Entries are marked for both the publishing quality and the content of the publication.  For Class 3.0 (Fiction for...

Holyer ceremony 2022

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Nominated books 2022

Nominated books 2022

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Review Forms 2020-21

Please use the links below to download an appropriate review form for you. Review form in PDF format Review form in...

Holyer an Gof in previous years

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