The Holyer an Gof Awards Evening in Truro

The Solstice Blade was nominated for the Holyer an Gof awards and we were invited to attend the awards ceremony at Waterstone’s bookshop in Truro, Cornwall on Tuesday 11th July 2017.

A very enjoyable evening began with a short drinks reception held upstairs at the bookshop before the announcements and presentation got underway. It was a curiously exciting  experience to be sitting around chatting and drinking wine in a bookshop after it had closed to the public!

All of the nominated books were on display on a dedicated bookshelf within the shop for purchase during the evening and will remain on sale there for a couple of weeks.

The Holyer an Gof award nominees on display at Waterstones bookshop in Truro.
The Holyer an Gof award nominees on display at Waterstones bookshop in Truro.
The Holyer an Gof award nominees on display at Waterstones bookshop in Truro.
The Holyer an Gof award nominees on display at Waterstones bookshop in Truro.

The special guest master of ceremonies for the awards was Edward Rowe, better known in Cornwall as the comedian “Kernow King”,  and it was a special treat to have the opportunity to have a few words with him briefly after the ceremony.

Robert Beck with "Kernow King" Edward Rowe.
Robert Beck with “Kernow King” Edward Rowe.

During the announcements themselves, on a category by category basis, the nominations were individually introduced, with a summary of each entry. The young adults category was combined with the children’s section, with all of the nominations in young adults being described as “outstanding”.

Then, the winners of each category were announced and presented with their certificates. Although The Solstice Blade did not win the combined Children and YA section, it was a very pleasant surprise to be called up and presented with a certificate from the Grand Bard (Bardh Meur) of the Cornish Gorsedh, Merv Davey.

Robert Beck is presented with his certificate for The Solstice Blade by the Grand Bard - Merv Davey.
Robert Beck is presented with his certificate for The Solstice Blade by the Grand Bard – Merv Davey.

Further information about Gorsedh Kernow can be found here.

Further information about Holyer an Gof can be found here.

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