Cornish literary award winners

By Cornish Times in Arts

Gorsedh Kernow has announced the winners of the annual Holyer an Gof competition at an awards ceremony in Truro hosted by Kernow King Ed Rowe, himself a bard - Mab Tregarrek - of the Gorsedh.

Established and organised by Gorsedh Kernow to raise the standard and profile of publishing in Cornwall, this year’s winners were chosen from the best, recently published books about Cornwall or in Cornish.

‘Although the number of entries is slightly down again this year, probably because books are now entered in one class rather than multiple classes, the quality of writing, illustrating and publishing, especially in the young adults category, is better than ever,’ said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Rael Harvey, Myrgh Mydroilyn.


Cornish language books for teaching

A Learners’ Cornish Dictionary in the Standard Written Form, edited by Steve Harris, published by Ors Sempel & An Kylgh Kernewek.

Cornish language books for adults and winner of the Kowethas an Yeth Cup for authorship or translation

Tenkys by Rod Lyon, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

Books for children of primary age and books for young adults

A Christmas in Cornwall  by Craig Green and Oliver Hurst, published by Mabecron Books.

Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup

The Little Red Egg by Judy Scrimshaw, published by Granny Moff Books.

Adult Fiction

Broken Dove by L A Kent, published by WillowOrchard Publishing.

Non Fiction – History, Language and Creative Arts

Cornwall’s First Golden Age by Bernard Deacon, published by Francis Boutle Publishers.

Non Fiction – Marine, Industrial Heritage and Environment and Non Fiction in which illustrations predominate

Tommy Morrissey : Fisherman Painter by Gill Scott, published by Spur Valerian Press.


Changing Places : Porthcurno and the Roots of Modern Communication by Steve Bladon, Rosalyn Goulding and others, published by PK Trust.

The winner of the Literary Salver, chosen by members of the Cornish Literary Guild, was Scryfer : Robert Victor Walling 1895-1976 – Bard and Journalist by Ann Trevenen Jenkin and Stephen Gadd, published by Gorsedh Kernow and Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

The Holyer an Gof Trophy, for the most outstanding entry in the whole competition, was awarded to Thorn’s of Bude by David Thorn and Stuart Thorn, published by Halsgrove.

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