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St Piran’s Day Book Launch


A ground-breaking new book about bard of Gorsedh Kernow, Robert Victor Walling (1895-1976), soldier, poet, journalist and writer with a special interest in the Cornish language, is being published on St Piran’s Day, Saturday 5th March, 100 years after its original publication and exactly 121 years after the birth of the author.


“Scryfer – R.V.Walling”, has been researched and compiled by former Grand Bard Ann Trevenen Jenkin, Bryallen, the result of months of painstaking work by several bards of Gorsedh Kernow, including Stephen Gadd, Reskadinnick, who has translated Walling’s original words and designed and produced the layout.


Encouraged by his father Robert Alfred Walling, who was also a bard, the young R V Walling had been inspired by Henry Jenner’s Handbook of the Cornish Language, first published in 1904.  As he lay injured in a French military hospital during the First World War, R V Walling drew on this inspiration and turned his attention to a deeper study of Cornish and while recuperating from his injuries, he produced a magazine called “An Houlsedhas” (‘The West’), an illustrated manuscript in his own handwriting.  


“This important book is being published as a facsimilie of “An Houlsedhas” for the very first time,” said Mrs Jenkin, “and will add considerably to our broad study of the Cornish language written during the First World War.”


R V Walling was made a bard of Gorsedh Kernow in 1934 taking the bardic name Scryfer an Mor, Sea Writer.  The long awaited publication of his illustrated magazine, translated into English, has never been seen before by the general public.


“The original text has been translated by Stephen Gadd, from Camborne, a new bard living and working in London,” said Mrs Jenkin, “and he has worked extremely diligently on what has been a fascinating but sometimes difficult project.”


“This ground-breaking book is a valuable addition to other documents in the Cornish language,” said Grand Bard Merv Davey,“and Gorsedh Kernow, along with the Cornish Language Board, is very proud to support its publication.”


“Skryfer – R V Walling” will be launched by Jori Ansell, Caradok, past Grand Bardof Gorsedh Kernow and currentChairman ofthe recently launched Cornish Language Academy, at 6pm at Camborne Rugby Club, on St Piran’s Day, Saturday 5th March 2016.





Members of the press are welcome to attend the book launch in Camborne Rugby Club.  Kindly send your acceptance to Ann Trevenen Jenkin by email to pellgowser@btinternet.com  or tel 01736 850332  from whom you can also request further information about “Skryfer - R V Walling”.


“Scryfer - R.V.Walling,” A5 format, with some colour illustrations and black and white photographs, price £9.99 + postage. (Costs with postage: UK £11.50; Europe £15.00; rest of world £17.50.)  Copies of the book may be ordered and paid for in advance from Ann Trevenen Jenkin (see details above) or collected from the launch itself on 5th March or from other Gorsedh Kernow or Cornish language events during the year, where they will also be on sale.


R V Walling had a distinguished career as a journalist, interrupted by war service.  He was wounded at Passchendale and invalided out of the army.  In 1916-17, while recuperating from his injuries, he produced the magazine “An Houlsedhas” (‘The West’), an illustrated manuscript in his own handwriting.  There are three unfinished issues, each accompanied by his watercolour drawings.


There is a moving article in “Skryfer – R V Walling” by bard Tim Saunders, Bardh Gwerin, on his recollections of R V Walling, and a detailed biography by Ann Trevenen Jenkin,who compiled the book with the valuable help of Stephen Gadd, Mark Dungey, Donsyor Lanust and Esther Johns, Tamm Steren. There are several appendices, giving the flavour of Robert Walling’s writings, and the essence of his time.


R A J and R V Walling’s letters and correspondence, R V W's military handbooks, booklets on journalism, press cuttings books, newspapers, material relating to the First World War, Plymouth Corporation Grammar School Debating and Literary Society minutes and school magazines, Parliamentary elections pamphlets and reports, and miscellaneous items are all held for research at the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office.


For further information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact

Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Communications Officer, Gorsedh Kernow,

email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk  or tel  01736 799305

or visit our website www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk





The Celtic spirit of Cornwall


Nominations announced for 2017 Holyer an Gof Awards


Gorsedh Kernow’s hard working band of loyal reader reviewers has been keeping the organising committee busy once more with over 200 reports submitted for the much anticipated annual Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards, now in its 21st year.


“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.


“The Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Awards continue to attract entries from all round the publishing world.  We are particularly pleased to see entries coming in from the hard to reach self publishing sector.”


Promoted annually by Gorsedh Kernow for publications relating to Cornwall or the Cornish language, Holyer An Gof has become a model for Cornish awards and Gorsedh Kernow is very pleased to encourage all supporters of Cornish publishing.


“These Awards have become an important and much-anticipated annual event," said Grand Bard Merv Davey, Telynyor an Weryn, “and I am grateful to all the readers who give up their time to carefully review all the entries.”


“The range of nominees this year, announced today, reflects the immense interest in Cornwall’s unique culture, especially our history and creative arts and

we look forward immensely to announcing the winners and celebrating 21 years of the Holyer an Gof Awards at our prestigious ceremony in July at Waterstones of Truro.”


The nominations for the 2017 Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof annual Awards are:


Class 1.0 - Cornish language books for teaching

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

Taves an Tir Resource Pack for Schools, edited by Pat Parry, published by Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek.


Class 1.1 – Cornish language books for children

There were no entries in this class.


Class 1.2 – Cornish language books for adults

An Kevreyth Howlek by Rod Lyon, published by Kesva an Taves Kernewek.

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


Combined Classes 2.0 & 2.1 – 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.

The Fortune of the Seventh Stone by Petrus Ursem, self published by Gresham House Studios.

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

The Solstice Blade by Robert Beck, self published by Mandolin Press.


Class 3 – Adult Fiction

A Cord of Three Strands by S J Haxton, published by Boswell Book Publishing.

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

Buried in the Country by Carole Dunn, published by Little Brown Book Group; Constable imprint.

What Everybody is Saying by Carla Vermaat, published by Carmichael Publishers.


Combined Classes 4 – Poetry and 4.1 – Drama

There were no nominations in this class.


Class 5 – Non Fiction – History, Language and Creative Arts

A Fight for Life by Ingo Kuster, published by P & B Hawkey.

Cornish Solidarity : Using Culture to Strengthen Communities by Neil Kennedy, published by Evertype.

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

Marconi : The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy, published by Oxford University Press.

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 Cornish in Latin America by Dr S P Schwartz, published by Cornubian Press.


Combined Classes 5.1 – Non Fiction – Marine, Industrial Heritage and Environment and Class 5.2 – Non Fiction in which illustrations predominate

Cornwall’s Fuse Works1831-1961 by Diane Hodnett, published by The Trevithick Society.

Sea Journal by Lisa Woollett, published by Zart Books.

Thorn’s of Bude by David Thorn and Stuart Thorn, published by Halsgrove.

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


Class 6 – Booklets

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

Cornish Bards of Australia and New Zealand compiled by Gorsedh Kernow Archives and Publications, published by Gorsedh Kernow.

The Cornish History Notebook by Dee Harris, published by Ors Sempel & An Kylgh Kernewek.


End of Press Release



For further information about the Gorsedh Kernow Holyer an Gof Publishers’ Awards please contact Rael Harvey, Myrgh Mydroilyn, tel 01209 719321

or email  enquiries@holyerangofawards.org.uk


For general information about Gorsedh Kernow please contact Delia Brotherton, Myrghwyn Melynor, Gorsedh Kernow Communications Officer, tel 01736 799305

or email  communications@gorsedhkernow.org.uk


Further notes for editors


The Holyer an Gof Publishers' Awards are promoted annually by Gorsedh Kernow for publications relating to Cornwall or the Cornish Language and were launched in 1996 in memory of Redruth Publisher and Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh, Leonard Truran, whose bardic name was Holyer an Gof - Follower of The Smith.


The awards were established and organised by members of Gorsedh Kernow to raise the standard and profile of publishing in Cornwall.


The panel of reader reviewers mainly comprises members of the Gorsedh Kernow College of Bards and others with particular expertise.


Details of all the entries for 2017 can be found on the Holyer an Gof website www.holyerangofawards.org.uk


For photos of 2017 book covers see http://www.holyerangofawards.org.uk/publications_nominated_2017.html


Winning entries in each category will be announced and prizes awarded at a special Presentation evening at Waterstones in Truro. Each nominee will receive a Gorsedh Kernow certificate.  In addition there will be four Awards made during the presentation evening;


The Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek Cup – awarded for the best original work or translation into Cornish (Kernewek).


The Gorsedh Kernow Ann Trevenen Jenkin Cup - awarded for authorship in the class for children and young adults.


The Holyer an Gof Trophy, donated by the late Joan Truran, awarded to the publication which, in the judgement of the reader reviewers, is the most outstanding entry in the whole competition.


The Cornish Literary Guild Literary Salver, presented to an author of their choice. Nominations for this award are made by the panel of readers and a winner is chosen by members of the Cornish Literary Guild.  


The winner of the Holyer an Gof Trophy will also receive a £100 donation to the Cornish charity of their choice.  



Delia Brotherton

Myrghwyn Melynor

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