On Saturday 29 October, the Communist Party launched in Truro the first ever Cornish translation of the Communist Manifesto, the 1848 work by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. It was recently completed by Heather Penruth who worked on the text for three years. The meeting congratulated Heather for her vision and commitment in tackling this enormous task.
The national Chair of the Communist Party, Liz Payne, who addressed the meeting, said that adding one of the world's most influential political manuscripts to the body of literature available in Cornish was a very significant step and was symbolic of the struggle of the people of Cornwall for their rights and culture and against capitalist exploitation and poverty. The Communist Party is to donate a copy of Deryvadow Party an Gemynwer (The Communist Manifesto) to every public library in Cornwall, as well as to Cornwall College and the University of Falmouth. Much interest is already being shown in the publication, with enquiries coming in from Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia.
At the launch event Heather Penruth thanked Ray Chubb, secretary of Agan Tavas (the Campaign for the Cornish Language), also present with other members of the Campaign, for his assistance with checking and proofing the translation. After a discussion on the causes of the key issues facing the people of Cornwall and how the Left might together address them, chaired by Owain Holland (general secretary of the Young Communist League who spoke in Cornish and English), Mr Chubb read a section from the Manifesto in Cornish.