Tim Saunders

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Tim Saunders
St Tudy, Cornwall [1]
Occupation(s)writer, poet
  • Lyn Mererid
  • Helen Ceridwen Price
Children Gwenno Saunders
Ani Saunders
Meirion Carwyn Saunders

Tim Saunders is a Cornish poet and journalist primarily writing in the Cornish language who also writes in the Welsh, Irish, and Breton languages. He is resident in Cardiff but is of Cornish descent. He is a literary historian and editor of 'The Wheel' – an anthology of modern poetry in Cornish 1850–1980. High Tide is a collection of his own poems in Cornish from the years 1974 to 1999. [2] [3] He was made bard of the Gorsedh Kernow in 1998, taking the bardic name Bardh Gwerin (Poet of the People). [4]


Tim's daughters, Gwenno and Ani Saunders, were formerly singers with the British indie pop girl group The Pipettes, with Gwenno also playing the keyboards, and are now solo artists.

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Saunders has spoken out against the development of a Standard Written Form of Cornish, saying

The insulting notion that we are so stupid as to need 'impartial outside experts' to settle our differences is, quite simply, contemptible. Such transparent chicanery would require scholars having limited acquaintance with the Cornish-speaking community, and no accountability, to lay down the law for it. No reputable academic would destroy his or her own reputation by taking up such a patronizing stance. [5]

Selected list of works

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  1. BBC – Cornwall – Connected – Gwenno in tune
  2. Tim Saunders Archived 8 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. » 3 Cornish Poems »
  4. "Henwyn bardhek pub Bardh oll yn aray abecedari" [Alphabetic list of all Bards by Bardic Name](PDF). gorsedhkernow.org.uk. 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  5. Kaskyrgh Kernewek Kemmyn : Campaign for Common Cornish Archived 2 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine