AGAN GERYOW YW KANA HWATH / OUR WORDS SING STILL
This audio piece was commissioned by BBC Arts/New Creatives in 2019, and explores young people’s attitudes towards Cornish, giving the language a space as a living part of contemporary British culture.
A soundscape of life in Cornwall surrounds the sounds of language lessons, playing and poetry in Cornish, from young children raised bilingually through to the next generation of adults rekindling their connection to this ancient language.
Complex emotions surrounding Cornish identity are examined, and we hear how young people today can still struggle to embrace their heritage and language.
Recorded during the autumn of 2019 in west and north Cornwall.
Featuring music from Cornish groups Dalla and Black Eyed Nancy, and a new commission from Cornish-language poet Taran Spalding-Jenkin.
Esther Johns & the KAOS Group
Rachel Reed & Treloweth Primary School
Joe Lewis from Go Cornish
Émilie & Olwen Champliaud