Time for Bathurst BookFair

THE popular annual Bathurst BookFair will be held on Sunday April 29 at its usual venue at the Old Drostdy, York Street.

“In the now well-established literary tradition of the Bathurst BookFair, we’re pleased to announce this year’s BookFair literary competition, ‘The Limerick’”, said host and organiser Peter Mosley.

“We have some fine limerick composers in Bathurst and the challenge is out for the people of Bathurst, Port Alfred and the Eastern Cape at large to get working on their entries in good time for the Bathurst BookFair.”

Those who need help in the art of the limerick could take inspiration from the following supplied by Maryna Shepherd of Bathurst. Shepherd said it was her late father’s favourite limerick.

“There was a young man from Umtata / Who was the world’s greatest farter / He could fart anything / From God save the King / To Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.”

Entries must take the classic limerick form and should be about Bathurst or Port Alfred and/or relate to people or animals.

However entries coming in from further afield can reflect a broader Eastern Cape context.

The competition will be judged in two broad categories, namely under 16 years and 16 years and older. The winners in each category will receive great prizes.

The competition closes at 12pm on Tuesday April 24. The judges’ decision will be final. The winners will be announced at 2pm at the Bathurst Arms on April 29, just after the BookFair.

Mosley asked that entries be submitted as soon as possible. Your entry or entries must include your name, age and contact number. Label enties: “Bathurst BookFair: The Limerick”.

Email your entry to bookoxer@telkomsa.net, janewiles@worldonline.co.za, mwjane2@mweb.co.za. Entries can also be placed in the drop-off boxes at Bargain Books in Port Alfred, The Pig and Whistle in Bathurst, The Bathurst Arms, the Bathurst library or The Farmers’ Co-op in Bathurst.

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