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Please see also the main news page and the press and news releases section.

You can find our newsletters here including theFebruary 2020 newsletter.

20.6.20. The Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne has sent a message about the Awen ceremony to all Bards. Please click here to read it.

With the current situation and the possibility of social distancing in place for the rest of 2020, Gorsedh Kernow has decided to postpone the Esedhvos Festival and the Bardic Ceremony in Bude/Stratton until September 2021. This decision has not been taken lightly, but was made in consultation with the Gorsedh Kernow Council and the Mayor of Bude, Bob Willingham, who is also Chair of the Local Organising Committee. He has confirmed that Bude/Stratton will be very happy to host us in 2021 instead,

The Grand Bard Elizabeth Carne has taken the decision in consultation with the Mayor of Bude Stratton to cancel the Proclamation and AGM in Bude because of the Corona virus. All town council buildings have been closed to the public. Discussions are ongoing about how Gorsedh Kernow might hold the AGM remotely.

As you will understand, the 'Holyer Year' has been seriously disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. As soon as reader/reviewers are able to post books with ease leave them for collection at Kresen Kernow in Redruth we will be re-organising the review rota. An announcement of nominees and winners will be made as soon as the review process has been completed and information posted here. The prize-giving ceremony in July at the Royal Cornwall Museum has been postponed. Submitting publishers will be notified as soon as we know more.

Another deadline: Entries for Gorsedh Kernow competitions and awards nominations are due by March 31st. Look at past Awards photos and find application details on our Awards page.

Election of Kannas Bardh Meur (Deputy Grand Bard)

The Bards of Gorsedh Kernow need to elect a new Kannas Bardh Meur (Deputy Grand Bard) for
the next 3-year tenure

In order for an election to take place Gorsedh Kernow asks bards to nominate candidates who
fulfil the criteria below, sending this to the Returning Officer:

38 Polyear Close
PL26 7BH

or preferably by e-mail to: by no later than 31st January 2020


1 That a Deputy Grand Bard is to be elected to serve for three years from the date of the completion of the term of office of the holder of that Office at that time

2.The Deputy Grand Bard will, under Rule 6(a) of the Constitution, be qualified by his/hercompetence in the Cornish Language.

3 All candidates for election as Deputy Grand Bard must be nominated in writing by two Bards as proposer and seconder and all such nominations, accompanied by the written
consent of the candidate and a short election address, must reach the Returning Officer by 31st January 2020.

4 If there shall be MORE THAN ONE candidate nominated for the Office, the Returning Officer shall inform the College of Bards and an election will follow.

5 If there shall be ONLY ONE candidate nominated for the Office, the Returning Officer shall certify in writing to the Gorsedh Council that such candidate is duly elected,
whereupon the Gorsedh Council shall inform all Bards.

6 If there shall be NO candidate nominated for the Office, then the Gorsedh Council may without ballot of the members elect a qualified Bard to the Office.

A message from Chair of Admissions Maureen Fuller:

Dreckly time has arrived! Do you know someone who works hard for Kernow and would make a good bard?  All citations for new bards have to arrive  at by the closing date: 31st December 2019. You can find details here and a form here.

It would really help if Bards who have school age children or grandchildren could encourage them to enter and ask them to tell their teachers about the GK Awards. Information about entering can be downloaded from the Gorsedh Kernow website or by email request to Deadline for entries: 31st. March 2020.

Did you know that there is a special sponsorship scheme available to bards for Gorsedh Kernow awards? Why not consider honouring a loved one/special person in your life or an award in your own name if you feel you would like to encourage a particular aspect of real Cornish culture. For further details please email

Please read this information about the Gorsedh Kernow Endowment Fund. If you'd like to contribute, please download this form and follow the instructions.

Next Bardic Newsletter

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Council Meetings (TBC)

8th. February 2020

18th. April 2020 Proclamation and AGM

27th. June 2020

17th. October 2020

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