The Gathering of the Bards

The Gathering of the Bards in May 2007

The Gathering of the Bards of Cornwall will this year be held in Kadina on Friday 18th May commencing at 10.a.m.  Twenty eight blue robed bards will be taking part in the unique ceremony. They will come from Cornwall, the United States of America, New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia.

The Bards are all people who have made significant contributions to Cornwall and have been admitted to the College of Bards.  Local Bards are Roslyn Paterson OAM, Jim Harbison OAM, Lilian James OAM, Mayor Paul Thomas  and Language Bard Beth Vayne.  Other Bards include Patron of Kernewek Lowender Richard Hancock and his wife Diana, festival stalwarts David and Kay Gill, Noel Carthew and Language Bard Terry Johnson all of South Australia.  The Cornish Association's Patron, Lady Wilson Myrgh Bonython) who is also a bard, will not be attending due to her having recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She is known to be the oldest living  Bard ever, of the Cornish Gorsedd.

South Australia's newest Bard author Rosanne Hawke of Kapunda will be welcomed into the Bardic circle.

The ceremony will be held in front of the Town Hall, in Victoria Square. South Australia is particularly honoured to have the Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd, Vanessa Beeman on her first visit to Australia, conducting the ceremony. A former lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, Vanessa and her civil engineer husband Rob run an engineering business in Cornwall.

Musical accompaniment will again be provided by Harpist Liesl Warner.  The Cornish Association of South Australia Singing Group will be leading the singing in Cornish of the traditional hymns and songs of the ceremony.  Local Library Manager Lyn Spurling has been training the young girls of the Wallaroo Mines Primary School to perform the Dance of the Flowers. This traditional dance is an integral part of the ceremony when they also form a guard of honour for the May Queen as she speaks in Cornish and presents a bouquet of fruit, flowers and grains to the Grand Bard.

Programs of the ceremony will be available on the day so that spectators can follow the activities as almost the whole ceremony is conducted in the Cornish Language.  The Mistress of Ceremonies Mrs. Margaret Johnson will also give a short introduction and explanation of the ceremony immediately prior to the 10.a.m. commencement.  Banner bearers carrying the colourful flags and banners of the various Cornish Associations throughout Australia will make for a memorable event.

Visit Kernewk Lowender's website for program details:

Written by Roslyn Paterson OAM
Roslyn An Dyghow (Roslyn of the South)
Official Australian Representative of the Cornish Gorsedd