[Spellyans] Holyer an Gof 2010

Craig Weatherhill craig at agantavas.org
Tue Aug 17 19:57:14 BST 2010

It is surprising (or maybe it isn't).  The children's song book isn't  
original, but a mere translation into SWF/M of a UC book which was  
issued decades ago.  I have a copy here somewhere.

I was pleased that 'Cornovia' received a Commendation but, in a way,  
disappointed as well.  Yes, it's a book which informs, with up-to-date  
facts and full-colour illustrations, of Cornwall's prehistory and pre- 
Norman history. Irrespective of that, the photographers and the  
publisher turned it into one of the most stunning productions I've  
ever seen.  I still pick it up and find it hard to believe that the  
name on the cover is mine!  It must have been some book and some  
production to have beaten that.

Perhaps 'Nautilus' didn't contain enough Cornish-related content.   
I'll try again when the new one I've just started on ('The Amezola  
Log' - a modern Dan Brown-type story with the 1595 Spanish raid on  
Mount's Bay at its core).  Perhaps that will do better.

However, 200,000 words of Cornish published by Michael never got as  
much as a nod.  I do find that a little strange.


On 17 Est 2010, at 19:22, Michael Everson wrote:

> About a month ago, the Holyer an Gof 2010 winners have been  
> announced: http://www.gorsethkernow.org.uk/english/competitions/awards10.htm
> THe prize was shared between two books:
> Joint Winner – Cornish Language Board. An Gerlyver Meur. Dr. Ken  
> George.
> Joint Winner – Kowethas an Yeth. Kanow Flehes. (compilation).
> So, the winning prize in the Cornish language section was shared  
> jointly between yet another of Ken George's KK dictionaries (the one  
> that says that wosa/woja should become wozha) and a re-edition of a  
> short book of children's songs in the SWF/M. I haven't seen the  
> latter, so I don't can't comment on it, but at http://www.learncornish.net/books-novels/kanow-flehes 
>  the book is described thus:
> "This book and DVD set includes 24 children’s songs in Cornish. The  
> book uses the Standard Written Form and features illustrations by  
> Rachel Axtell, and the DVD contains videos of the songs being sung  
> by children from Marlborough Primary School in Falmouth. Kanow  
> Flehes is suitable for use by schools as well as families who are  
> teaching their children Cornish. An English translation of the songs  
> is included on the DVD."
> Hey, neat. Twenty-four children's songs.
> I can't speak for other publishers who forward books in the Cornish  
> language category, but I can say that Evertype forwarded eight books  
> to the competition:
> ** Cornish Language section
> Alys in Pow an Anethow (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
> Adro dhe’n Bÿs in Peswar Ugans Dëdh (Around the World in 80 Days)
> Kensa Lyver Redya (A First Reading Book)
> Jowal Lethesow: Whedhel a’n West a Gernow (The Lyonesse Stone: A  
> Story of the West of Cornwall)
> ** Adult fiction section
> Nautilus
> ** Non-fiction section
> Lyver Pejadow rag Kenyver Jorna: Cornish Daily Prayer
> A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-Names
> Skeul an Tavas: A coursebook in Standard Cornish
> In previous years, High Commendations and Commendations have been  
> awarded for books in the Cornish Language Section.
> For books published in 2009, no such awards have been made. No High  
> Commendations. No Commendations. To anybody.
> Certainly I *never* expected to win first prize. That would have  
> been unthinkable. I'm an Irish publisher who has opposed Kernewek  
> Kemmyn, after all. Indeed I would have predicted that politics  
> *would* have handed first prize to Ken George. That he had to share  
> the prize must be a political statement. I suspect the reasoning was  
> "Well, we can't give a prize to the KK book on its own, since we're  
> supposed to be supporting the SWF, and there aren't really any books  
> published in the SWF except this reprint here...."
> But I did expect *some* notice to be taken of the 125,000 words of  
> Cornish which I published in 2009. So what was the rationale here?  
> It was either "Well, we could give a commendation to this Irish  
> publisher's books. They are rather nice-looking. The Cornish is even  
> good." or it was "Oh, no, we'd better not commend this Irish  
> publisher's books. He's not using either KK or the SWF. We mustn't  
> have that."
> What do you think?
> It almost looks as though Gorseth Kernow wishes to suppress  
> Evertype's books and discourage people from knowing that they are  
> available. Certainly, in offering a joint first prize to the Kesva/ 
> Cowethas and no other prizes to any other publishers, Gorseth Kernow  
> is making the statement that no books of merit, apart from yet  
> another KK dictionary and a re-spelt pamphlet of children's songs,  
> appeared in 2009.
> I don't think they're right about that.
> Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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Craig Weatherhill

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