Islander John Goody has won a creativity award from a Cornish organisation aiming to "maintain the national Celtic spirit of Cornwall".

John, from St Mary's, won the annual Gorsedh Kernow prize for his painting of three boys fishing, titled 'Tri maw ow pyskessa'.

He was due to receive the award from the Grand Bard at the Annual Esedhvos Festival of Cornish Culture in St Austell earlier this month. However, he was unable to attend the event and the medal was posted to him on Scilly. 


John, who has been painting for just three or four years, is also a Cornish language enthusiast who has studied with the Cornish Language Board 'Kesva an Taves Kernewek'.


The first in a series of lessons in basic Cornish from John will appear in the next issue of Scilly Now & Then magazine.


Gorsedh Kernow encourages the study of Cornish history and literature, the Cornish language, Cornish art, music, dance and sport.


“Awards are being given to entries that express the Celtic spirit of Cornwall and demonstrate exceptional endeavour or quality of work,” said Grand Bard of Cornwall Merv Davey, 'Telynor an Weryn'.

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