'PRAG NA?': The new project to support and grow social opportunities for Cornish speaking.

My name is Brian Rogers and I've just started as Project Lead for this one-year Cornwall Council funded project managed and led by An Rosweyth, the network of Cornish language organisations.

'PRAG NA?', or 'Why not?', has two main aims, both of which are about getting more people engaged with Kernewek and speaking it. Firstly, to support and enhance existing social opportunities for speakers to meet and talk Kernewek together. This, of course, includes Yeth an Werins throughout Cornwall and, naturally, beyond with the diaspora. As such, I intend to visit as many as I can and learn from them what works, what people enjoy and get the most from. I want to generate some key principles of best practice to help those that already exist to grow as well and develop some guidance to new startups.

The second aim is to develop a network of social activities that can be run as sessions with Kernewek at its core. They might be aimed at people with lots of Kernewek, just a little or, perhaps as importantly, no Kernewek at all. They might be aimed at adults, children and young people or families. These might be anything from pasty making to skydiving and all points in between! Again, I aim to generate templates and packs of activities that can be picked off the shelf for anyone to use.

I know, too, that some students may feel a little intimidated by existing social opportunities, such as Yeth an Werins, and don’t go. I also want to look at ways of bringing student’s together to share their experiences and to look at ways of helping their learning.

This is an amazing opportunity to grow the language in areas where, perhaps,we've not have been able to venture into before and make relationships that can be of massive help to the language community in the future.

Prag Na? has its own website, which will be developing over the next few months into a resource that I hope will be able to support your speaking and talking Kernewek. Please visit.

CONTACT DETAILS: You can contact me at:

Brian Rogers (Brian ab Jowan on Facebook)

email:  pragna@cornish-language.org