[Spellyans] Fw: Cornish in a Thriller! & Place Name Query For Craig

ewan wilson butlerdunnit at ntlworld.com
Thu Sep 6 18:46:50 IST 2012

Think this went the wrong way and should have come here!
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From: ewan wilson 
To: spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net 
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 6:43 PM
Subject: Cornish in a Thriller! & Place Name Query For Craig

One does come across Cornish in the most peculiar places!
I have been reading Wheel Fortune, a 'suspense thriller' written by a Karen Campbell and published by Wm. Collins&Sons back in 1973. The title's a play on the word 'Wheal', as it refers to a presumably fictitious Cornish tin mine somewhere on the Penwith Peninsula. 
Anyway, Miss Campbell obviously knew her UC as she has one old Cornish woman welcome back her young friend with the greeting:
' Da yu genef agas gweles.'  
This young woman, having been raised in Cornwall, recalls at a later stage in the story some Cornish she knew:
'Byth dorn rever dhe'n tavas re hyr.'

At a crucial point in the action she is lured to the Minack Theatre and she writes:
' The direct route from Sr Edzell's to Minack is via St Buryan and Gweal- but I took the roundabout devious way on the unmade roads over the moor.' 
Now, I think St Edzell's is supposed to be either St Ives or Penzance but I cannot work out if there actually is a 'Gweal' around the Penwith Peninsula. If not, i'm baffled why she should mention an actual spot like St Buryan yet ficionalise a 'Gweal'! Craig- any ideas?
I know next to nothing about this author, save that she penned a few 'suspense' novels in the early 70s and dedicated one to a 'Catherine Campbell McNeill of Kilchoman', presumably a relative and obviously Scottish as the name had hinted.
I am left fascinated about how she came to know at least a working smattering of UC!!!
Sorry this is a bit off topic but I thought Craig'd be worth while consulting and you'd all like to know the unlikely reach of Cornish!


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