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4 days ago

Penzance Litfest

One of the writers who appeared at last year’s festival is a winner in this year’s Holyer an Gof Awards. Congratulations to Raynor Winn and see below full details courtesy of Gorsedh Kernow.

Gorsedh Kernow has announced the winners of the annual Holyer an Gof Publishers’ competition at a prestigious Awards ceremony held on Wednesday 10th July, hosted by special guest mc and popular Radio Cornwall presenter Tiffany Truscott.

“We have been really looking forward to welcoming Tiffany Truscott for the first time as our presenter,” said Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne, Melennek “and I can happily report that she received a very warm welcome on the night from our invited audience of publishers, writers, illustrators and reader reviewers.”

“I’ve been attending the Holyer an Gof awards for many years through my work” said Tiffany “and I was delighted to have been asked to host this special event which celebrates Cornish publishing.”

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

“Entries numbers were slightly down on 2018 but the quality of the writing, the illustrations and the production values of the publications entered continues to grow each year,” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Gareth Parry, Mab Meliner Gwlan.

Gorsedh Kernow, now celebrating its 90th anniversary year as an organisation creating and promoting Cornish culture, is keen to build on this success and has once again accepted gratefully the offer of holding its prestigious Awards evening at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

“Following last year’s successful event we were delighted to host once again the Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards evening here at the Royal Cornwall Museum,” said Royal Institution of Cornwall Director Ian Wall, “and meet up again with publishers, authors and other guests as they awaited the results.”

Live musical entertainment during the interval was provided by the duo Tir ha Tavas – Cornish bards Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor and Dave Brotherton Ilewydh Porthia.

The winners of the 2019 Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publisher’s Awards are:

Class 1 -Dyllansow yn Kernewek – publications in the Cornish language

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.

Class 1d – Books translated into Cornish

Aventurs Pinocchio translated by Nicholas Williams, published by Evertype.

Winner of the Kowethas an Yeth Cup for authorship or translation from Class 1

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

Class 2 – Books for children

Class 2a – Books for children of primary age

Treasure from the Sea by Lisa Woollett and Sarah McCartney, published by Mabecron Books.

Class 2b – Books for young adults

Only the Ocean by Natasha Carthew, published by Bloomsbury Young Adults.

Winner of the Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup

Treasure from the Sea by Lisa Woollett and Sarah McCartney, published by Mabecron Books.

Class 3 – Fiction for adults

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

Class 4 – Poetry and Drama

Class 4a – Poetry

There were no nominations for 2019

Class 4b – Drama

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

The Holyer an Gof Cup, awarded to one of the winners in classes 1 to 4.

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

Class 5 – Non fiction

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

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.

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

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

Class 6 – Booklets

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

The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies (FOCS) Holyer an Gof Cup – awarded to one of the winners in classes 5 and 6.

Trusting Fully Trusting by Dick Cole and Ann Reynolds, published by St Enoder Parish Council.
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One of the writers who appeared at last year’s festival is a winner in this year’s Holyer an Gof Awards. Congratulations to Raynor Winn and see below full details courtesy of Gorsedh Kernow.

Gorsedh Kernow has announced the winners of the annual Holyer an Gof Publishers’ competition at a prestigious Awards ceremony held on Wednesday 10th July, hosted by special guest mc and popular Radio Cornwall presenter Tiffany Truscott.

“We have been really looking forward to welcoming Tiffany Truscott for the first time as our presenter,” said Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne, Melennek “and I can happily report that she received a very warm welcome on the night from our invited audience of publishers, writers, illustrators and reader reviewers.”

“I’ve been attending the Holyer an Gof awards for many years through my work” said Tiffany “and I was delighted to have been asked to host this special event which celebrates Cornish publishing.”

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

“Entries numbers were slightly down on 2018 but the quality of the writing, the illustrations and the production values of the publications entered continues to grow each year,” said Holyer an Gof co-organiser Gareth Parry, Mab Meliner Gwlan.

Gorsedh Kernow, now celebrating its 90th anniversary year as an organisation creating and promoting Cornish culture, is keen to build on this success and has once again accepted gratefully the offer of holding its prestigious Awards evening at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

“Following last year’s successful event we were delighted to host once again the Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards evening here at the Royal Cornwall Museum,” said Royal Institution of Cornwall Director Ian Wall, “and meet up again with publishers, authors and other guests as they awaited the results.”

Live musical entertainment during the interval was provided by the duo Tir ha Tavas – Cornish bards Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor and Dave Brotherton Ilewydh Porthia.

The winners of the 2019 Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publisher’s Awards are:

Class 1 -Dyllansow yn Kernewek – publications in the Cornish language

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.

Class 1d – Books translated into Cornish

Aventurs Pinocchio translated by Nicholas Williams, published by Evertype.

Winner of the Kowethas an Yeth Cup for authorship or translation from Class 1

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

Class 2 – Books for children

Class 2a  – Books for children of primary age

Treasure from the Sea by Lisa Woollett and Sarah McCartney, published by Mabecron Books.

Class 2b  – Books for young adults

Only the Ocean by Natasha Carthew, published by Bloomsbury Young Adults.

Winner of the Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup

Treasure from the Sea by Lisa Woollett and Sarah McCartney, published by Mabecron Books.

Class 3 –  Fiction for adults

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

Class 4 – Poetry and Drama

Class 4a – Poetry

There were no nominations for 2019

Class 4b – Drama

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

The Holyer an Gof Cup, awarded to one of the winners in classes 1 to 4.

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

Class 5 – Non fiction

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

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.

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

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

Class 6 – Booklets

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

The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies (FOCS) Holyer an Gof Cup – awarded to one of the winners in classes 5 and 6.

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

4 days ago

Penzance Litfest

If you're suffering litfest withdrawal, wjy not head no over to Truro?Just getting set up for the Revealing City Hall event tonight, an evening of Truro inspired stories and poetry. Starts at 7pm, only £3 on the door! ... See MoreSee Less

If youre suffering litfest withdrawal, wjy not head no over to Truro?

6 days ago

Penzance Litfest

@Cressida cowellauthor is your new Waterstones Children’s Laureate and we’re delighted to have her books proudly on display! #bookstagram #books #bookshop #waterstones #childrenslaureate #childrensbooks ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Penzance Litfest

But it’s not quite over yet. Tonight (Sunday) there is a showing of the film ‘The Hunt for Moby Dick’ and watch out for some of the Fringe events which continue into next week. Details can be found on our website. ... See MoreSee Less

But it’s not quite over yet. Tonight (Sunday) there is a showing of the film ‘The Hunt for Moby Dick’ and watch out for some of the Fringe events which continue into next week. Details can be found on our website.

Comment on Facebook

A fascinating film (Moby Dick is one of my favourite books) and Q and A with the focus on present-day whale science and Philip Hoare's own experiences. A marvellous pairing - and lovely to see so many people there

1 week ago

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And in true Cornish style we celebrate pub singing and finish this year’s Litfest with a rebel-rousing Cornish Shout. Hope you enjoyed it all. ... See MoreSee Less

And in true Cornish style we celebrate pub singing and finish this year’s Litfest with a rebel-rousing Cornish Shout. Hope you enjoyed it all.Image attachment

Comment on Facebook

I loved the whole evening. And I ate as much potato salad as is humanly possible.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I think there was one couple that looked completely bemused by it (despite having been given songbooks). I wonder if perhaps they were visitors to the area? They stayed quite a while though.

Sorry i I couldn’t stay that long but many thanks for our talk which we all really enjoyed!

1 week ago

Penzance Litfest

Rebellion: Adrian Rodda and An Gof tells in verse and music the story of a Cornish march on London in 1497 to present grievances to the English King. ... See MoreSee Less

Rebellion: Adrian Rodda and An Gof tells in verse and music the story of a Cornish march on London in 1497 to present grievances to the English King.

Comment on Facebook

Loved this event and bought the CD!

Thanks Linda for controlling the evening so well and for buying a CD.

1 week ago

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Sue Ellery-Hill in conversation with Mike Sagar-Fenton telling the story of her mother, Brenda Wootton, the “Voice of Cornwall”. ... See MoreSee Less

Sue Ellery-Hill in conversation with Mike Sagar-Fenton telling the story of her mother, Brenda Wootton, the “Voice of Cornwall”.

Comment on Facebook

Not as spooky as they look...

Press coverage

We’ve had some lovely coverage in the press for our events. Here are a couple of stories from 2017.

Cornwall Live, July 2nd, 2017

Here’s why the literary world owes much to Cornwall for inspiring the genius of the Brontë sisters

Falmouth Packet, June 9th, 2017

Falmouth writers at Penzance Litfest