Twenty two new bards have just been announced
Despite the coronavirus pandemic meaning this year’s Gorsedh Kernow has been postponed until 2021, 22 worthy Cornish people have just been announced to take their place among the 500 or so members of the College of Bards.
But what is the Gorsehd Kernow and how do you have the honour of being a Cornish bard bestowed upon you?
Gorsedh Kernow exists to “promote and maintain the Celtic Spirit of Cornwall and to give expression to such spirit, to encourage the study of Cornish history and literature, the Cornish language, to foster Cornish art, music, dance and sport and to link with other Celtic countries”.
The Gorsedh Kernow (Gorsedd of Cornwall; inspired by the Welsh Gorsedd) was created in 1928 by Henry Jenner, one of the early proponents of Cornish language revival, who took the bardic name Gwas Myghal, meaning ‘servant of Michael’. He and twelve others were initiated by the Archdruid of Wales.
It has been held every year since, apart from during the Second World War and, sadly, this year.
The ceremony is held at different historical sites across Cornwall. It was due to take place in Bude this year, which will now become the venue in 2021.
Original publication 16 August, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 27th August 2020
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