She has been described as ‘still the most famous Cornishwoman in the world.’ An intimate and thorough account of the life and times of Brenda Wootton, Cornwall’s first lady of song. From the late 1960s for over 20 years, Brenda became Cornwall’s best-loved cultural export, taking her love of her country to the Cornish diaspora around the world.
Shedding a nostalgic light on Cornish village life, the arts scene, the ‘folk revival’, and the resurgence of interest in the Cornish language, the story also tackles what it really means to be Cornish.
Sue Ellery-Hill was born in Penzance in Cornwall to Brenda and John Wootton, and grew up with strong Cornish roots and influences. She only returned to creative writing in recent years, publishing a book of Brenda’s poetry, Pantomime Stew, and another containing probably the largest ever collection of Collective Nouns,Gallimaufry. In 2018 she was awarded two medals for Creative Writing in English by the Esedhvos at the Gorsedh Kernow, for a poem and a short story. She is loving living in St Just with husband Chris.