[Spellyans] Holyer an Gof 2010

Nige Martin nige.martin at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 08:41:09 BST 2010

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I have to agree, the decision concerning the Cornish Language entries does
appear a little strange but, I do not know what criteria was used during the
judging process.  To Michael, Craig and others that produce KS material;
don't let 'them' grind you down, please continue with your endeavours.
Although I do not possess the capacity to influence the masses, I am using
word-of-mouth to promote KS within my community.

During a recent Public Affairs course in Budapest I provided a precis of
Cornwall's history and made it absolutely clear that Cornwall has it's own
language and that, in my humble opinion, KS is the purest form.  Here at
NATO Mons, Belgium my daughter (President of the International/American High
School students) actively promotes all things Cornish, whilst I do the same
within the workplace.  Small but significant steps for us (my daughter and

Some thoughts that occurred to me:
Has anyone enquired about the reasons why no recognition, commendation or
awards for the KS publications were forthcoming?
Perhaps one could request a copy of the criteria used by the judges; either
by telephone, post or email (pellgowser at btinternet.com). Has anyone
established linkeage between the judges, gorsedhkernow and recipients of the
Keep up the great work everyone.

On 17 August 2010 20:57, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:

> 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.
> Craig
> 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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