The Ballad of Morgowr
Morgowr (a Plesiosaur) tells her own story of how her family survived the Cretaceous extinction of the dinosaurs, why she came to Cornwall and where she has been hiding for the past few years.
Join this ancient and magical creature in this first book of her many adventures.
Our legendary sea creature is often spelt as Morgawr, but I am informed by Members of Maga (the Cornish Language Partnership) that this is actually Welsh for 'Sea giant', whereas Morgowr is Cornish for the same.
Pol Hodge, one of the education officers at Maga wrote to me and said: "Morgowr is a compound meaning 'sea giant'. As Morgawr is a name that's fine – the 'gawr' bit is actually Welsh!"
So, to do a Cornish proper job for our young readers, I have spelt her name as 'Morgowr' rather than 'Morgawr'. It should be pronounced as if the 'gowr' part rhymes with 'tower' or 'power'.
As in the first verse of the book:
'Sea Giant' in the ancient
Cornish language is Morgowr
And so I have been named for years,
A creature of great power.
Many thanks to the Cornish Language Board – Kesva An Taves for introducing me to the beautiful Cornish language and putting me right about pronouncing 'Morgowr' correctly (I spoke the 'gowr' as rhyming with 'gore'! Many thanks also to Pol Hodge and Bernard Deacon (Hon. Research Fellow of Maga) for their invaluable input before we went to print.
GROWN-UPS DON'T ALWAYS GET IT RIGHT
This book is the first of the Morgowr adventures; it is the first I have written, illustrated and published - it is also printed in Cornwall. You may be surprised to know that many Cornish children’s books are published outside of the county AND PRINTED as far away as ITALY and CHINA ....Not in Cornwall!
So, did I remember to register this book with Cornwall Councils’ 'Made In Cornwall’ scheme and put their logo on the back cover of this book? NO, I didn’t ....Silly me! However, I am now a bonafide member of the scheme.
This book is printed on paper made from trees in sustainable forests. Did I remember to add the FSC logo to the back of my book? You’ve guessed it ....No I didn’t! Silly, silly me!
EVEN SILLIER than that, just before the book went to press, the page numbers were changed; they had started at page 1 at the beginning, so that the story began on page 8 – now that page became page 1. Guess what? I didn’t realise this and so at the end of the book (p106) the verse reads:
How many of you noticed
that the planet on page 10
was drawn as it is today
and not as it was then?
But it’s no longer page 1, it's page 4 now ....And I didn’t notice the mistake until it was printed ....Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Silly, silly, silly me!!! Next time the book is printed, the new verse will read:
How many of you noticed
that our planet on page 4
is how it looks in space today
- the world opposite, no more!
Best wishes to you all,