Mick Paynter

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Mick Paynter
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Paynter as Skogynn Pryv
Born Michael Kenneth Paynter
Redruth, Cornwall
Occupation Civil servant
Genre Cornish Language

Michael Kenneth (Mick) Paynter (born 1948, Cornwall, United Kingdom) is a retired Cornish civil servant, trade union activist, and poet. Apart from a period of study at the University of Newcastle, his home has always been in St Ives (Cornish Porthia).

He is a member of Gorseth Kernow, and was initiated as a bard under the Bardic name Skogynn Pryv (Worm's Fool) in 2003 on passing a Cornish language examination after four years of study, largely conducted during train journeys as a trade union representative. The name derives from the nickname of a smuggler's assistant in a local story involving outwitting a Customs man, and was chosen as appropriate as he worked for 32 years in the Inland Revenue. He was Deputy Grand Bard from September 2006, and was installed as Grand Bard in September 2009 until he handed over to Maureen Fuller (Steren Mor) at the end of the Camelford Gorsedd on 1 September 2012. Member of the Cornish Language Board (Kesva an Taves Kernewek) 2006-2015. Chairman Bewnans Kernow 2009-2012,Treasurer Bewnans Kernow 2012-2016.

As well as contributions to anthologies, he has written three collections of poetry in Cornish with English translations, and is Cornish Language Editor of Poetry Cornwall / Bardhonyaeth Kernow. His poetry combines the easy flow of colloquial Cornish with a variety of influences ranging from Afro-American song to Primo Levi and early Celtic literature.[citation needed] He is a frequent contributor to magazines such as Scryfa and Poetry Cornwall / Bardhonyeth Kernow. His collection "A Worm's Folly" received a nomination in the 2012 Holyer An Gof literary awards. He was elected President St Ives Old Cornwall Society at its 2014 AGM and continued until the AGM 2017, he was succeeded by Margaret Stevens.


  • 2001: Routh a Vaneryow/A Crowd of Banners. Porthia: Pendrivel
  • 2001: Michel Corolleur 1895–1942. Porthia: Pendrivel
  • 2002: Yn ow Hilyarth Nebjydh /In my Backyard Someday. Porthia: Pendrivel
  • 2003: Bardhonyeth Kernow / Poetry Cornwall. 2003–
  • 2003: Scryfa; vol. 2. Callington (poem in anthology)[1]
  • 2004: And all the World Our Patch: Cornish language poems and others . Redruth: Palores Publications ISBN 0-9547985-3-8
  • 2006: 101 Poets for a Cornish Assembly. Portishead: Boho Press (poems in anthology edited by Les Merton)
  • 2006: Nothing Broken: recent poetry in Cornish. London: Francis Boutle (poems in anthology edited by Tim Saunders)
  • 2007: Scryfa; vol. 7. Callington (poem in anthology)
  • 2007: Kernow Bys Vykken (Cornwall Forever) (a collection set to music)[2]
  • 2009: "Time for Song/Termyn rag Kan" London,(translation of poem in anthology)
  • 2009 "Englands Ende am Keltischen Meer,Cornwall sucht nacht seiner identitat" interview with BR Horfunk's Ralf Borchard
  • 2010Scryfa; vol. 12. Callington (poems in anthology) *2010Scryfa; vol. 12. Callington (poems in anthology)
  • 2010: Gwydh Meur a Gernow / Great Trees of Cornwall. Redruth: Palores (joint editor with Les Merton)
  • 2010 "Cornish Bards of the St.Ives Area/Berdh Kernow an Ranndir Porthia" Gorsedh Kernow Archives& Publications Committee/St Ives Archive Centre(Bilingual foreword)
  • 2011 "A Worm's Folly". London: Francis Boutle (Kernewek Poetry Collection with English translations, foreword by Mererid Hopwood)
  • 2011'Thus Es Et'London; Francis Boutle Essay on the relation of KERNEWEK to Dialect and dialect verses in anthology of Cornish Dialect edited by Les Merton
  • 2011 "Cornish Bards of the Helston/Berdh Kernow an Ranndir Hellys" Gorsedh Kernow Archives& Publications Committee
  • 2012 "Cornish Bards of the North Cornwall Area/Berdh Kernow an Ranndir Kernow Gledh" Gorsedh Kernow Archives& Publications Committee
  • 2013.Film of Poem, translated from Breton of Yann Ber Kalloc'h "My Yw Genys Yn Kres An Mor". Produced By; Alban Roinard; Producer; Joseph Clarke; Directed By; Alban Roinard; Production Partners; Joseph Clarke.Shortlisted for Celtic Media Festival 2014
  • 2014 "Almanac Edition of 2015 Shore Shelter Calendar" Bilingual Poem and ripping yarn in Kernewek . St Ives Shore Shelter
  • 2014 "Wave Hub,New Poetry from Cornwall";London:Francis Boutle. Poems in anthology edited by Dr Alan M Kent
  • 2015 "Barddas :: Y Gymdeithas Gerdd Dafod Rhifyn 327 :: Eisteddfod 2015" Interview in Welsh language translated from Cornish by editor Twm Morys...
  • 2016 "An Gannas Mis Ebril 2016";Launceston; Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek Translated song in magazine
  • 2016 "An Gannas Mis Metheven 2016"; Launceston; Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek. Translated poem in magazine.



  1. ^ "Cornish stories are pure gold", Western Morning News Plymouth, 16 December 2003
  2. ^ "Poet's delivery of Kernewek is music to the ears", Western Morning News, Plymouth, 24 July 2007
  • "'Worm's Fool' to be the next deputy grand bard", Western Morning News, Plymouth, 29 August 2006
  • "New Grand Bard identifies challenges for the Gorsedd". Western Morning News, Wednesday, 2 September 2009, 11:00
  • "Our time is coming' says new Grand Bard." West Briton 9 September 2009.
  • "Grand Bard: Piran Pascoe's column is as false as Jordan's silicone surgery". West Briton, Friday, 18 September 2009
  • Mick Paynter, Gallery of Grand Bards, Gorseth Kernow
  • A Cornish character: Mick Paynter, Grand Bard Cornish World Magazine December 2009
  • "Territorial integrity at risk, Grand Bard warns Gorsedd", West Briton, :9 September 2010
  • "Cornish Reflections: An easier way to learn Kernewek" by Mick Paynter, Cornish Guardian; Truro (UK), 10 March 2010*
  • "Cornish Reflections: by Grand Bard Mick Paynter" Cornish Guardian; Truro (UK), 31 March 2010
  • "THERE'S no word for Jumbo?" by Mick Paynter, West Briton 17 June 2010
  • "How Cornish lived their lives in paper's early days" by Mick Paynter West Briton 15 July 2010
  • "Grand Bard Mick Paynter: Everyone must do what is needed", “New sword and book for Gorsedd”West Briton 2 September 2010 – Article

from: West Briton, 9 September 2010

  • "A Paynter for every Cornish time" a rebel poet of many causes.Book Review A WORM'S FOLLY in Morning Star 13 July 2011
  • "Guardians of a rich cultural heritage" Cornish Guardian / Cornishman, Thursday, 18 August 2011
  • "Lyther a Gembra" "Brav pup-prys yw Skogynn Pryv yn dann gewsel" article in An Gannas October2011
  • "The Bards are back" Mensa Magazine February 2012
  • "Filiocht i gCoirnis bheo bhriomhar" Colm de Faoite, Review in Carn February 2012
    • Maga-Lyther Nowodhow Mis Est 2012, " A Worm's Folly,kuntel bryntin a varthonogow gans Mick Paynter a dhiskwa y gerensa dhown rag Kernow ha lieskonykter an yeth kERNEWEK"
    • Maga Newsletter August 2012 "A Worm's Folly a wonderful collection of poems by Mick Paynter"
    • Cornishman/West Briton 7 May 2014 "Darkly does it" "The arresting voice of Mick Paynter" review of showing of "My yw Genys"
    • Cornishman 30 August 2014 "Five week Cornish Course to start in Madron"
    • Western Morning News 25 September 2014 "Bards embrace Democracy to elect new leader"

"Wedding Fair demonstrates proper Cornish ceremony", Article in St Ives Times & Echo,12 June 2015