Cornish Topsy and Tim

by Kowethas An Yeth Kernewek in Canon's Town

We did it
On 20th December 2013 we successfully raised £3,100 with 94 supporters in 35 days

We aim to raise £3000 for the printing of three Cornish language versions of popular children's book, Topsy and Tim.

by Kowethas An Yeth Kernewek in Canon's Town

Dydh da! We're the Kowethas - the Cornish Language Fellowship. We work to promote the use of Cornish in everyday life*.

We'd like your help to raise £3, 000 to print three Topsy and Tim books in Cornish.

Topsy and Tim is a series of popular children’s books by Jean and Gareth Adamson about the adventures of a twin brother and sister. First published in 1960, they were relaunched in 2003 and have sold more than 21 million copies worldwide.

We have translated the text of three different Topsy and Tim books into Cornish - Topsy and Tim Have a Birthday Party, Topsy and Tim Go Camping and Topsy and Tim On the Farm. The books are ready to be printed as soon as we have raised the funds.

Topsy ha Tim in Cornish

We believe these books will help children - and adults - learn Cornish. The more resources children have available to them, the better.

The Kowethas has already printed Ple'ma Spot? (Where's Spot), which was launched in Waterstones in Truro and published by Penguin.

Publishing is an important aspect of the work of the Kowethas. The materials that we produce include books, diaries, stories and language learning materials, such as books with accompanying CDs to help beginners.

Topsy and Tim is a new project to tie-in with the new BBC TV series. It will also be published by Penguin.

As a thank you for your support, we have a large variety of rewards for you to choose from - everything from your house name translated into Cornish to books and language classes.

Meur ras - thank you. With your help and generosity, we will see Topsy ha Tim in Kernewek on the shelves and helping the younger generation to learn Cornish.

* The Kowethas is a voluntary body (charity no. 1065527) and its funding is raised through grants, membership, sales and donations. The Kowethas is non-party political. Our objectives are to advance education in the Cornish language through promoting, encouraging and fostering its use. We were formed in 1979.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£6 or more

£6 Reward

A mini-translation of a phrase of your choice from English into Cornish. Perhaps it could be a greeting for a birthday or Christmas card, or your house name.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A guided walk in Cornish - learn the names for hills, rivers and beaches in Cornish!

£40 or more

£40 Reward

All THREE Topsy and Tim books in Cornish - 'Topsy and Tim Have a Birthday Party', 'Topsy and Tim Go Camping' and 'Topsy and Tim On the Farm'.

£45 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£45 Reward

Membership of the Kowethas - the Cornish Language Fellowship - for a year. You will receive a copy of the newsletter An Gannas every month, as well as supplements for beginners.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A Cornish class for adults.

£60 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£60 Reward

A translation from English into Cornish of up to 500 words. This could be a document, recipe, story, or whatever captures your imagination!

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A term of Cornish classes.

£10 or more

20 of 20 claimed

£10 Reward

A copy of the book 'Topsy and Tim' in Cornish.

£10 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£10 Reward

A copy of the book 'Topsy and Tim' in Cornish.

£10 or more

20 of 20 claimed

£10 Reward

New Copies available! A copy of the book 'Topsy and Tim' in Cornish.

£15 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£15 Reward

A Cornish-English phrasebook.

£16 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£16 Reward

A 'Planet Kernow' nursery rhyme CD and book.

Got an idea like this?

Over £200 million has been raised from our crowd to support the projects they love! Plus tens of millions more unlocked by our partners.