A poem of 20 lines
or less, on the subject of
Library, Children's Section, circa 1966
down the wooden stairs, drifting on imagination’s tide,
To Golden Lands, where lucky children
New worlds I wandered, light as mist
– Ithaca, Windermere, Ophir became my places
And words - Quinquereme,
Darien, Euphrates- like honey, touched my lips.
Strangers met became my boon companions,
I sailed on Swallow, rode with Jill,
With Laura crossed new lands.
Nearer than family, constant,
always there for me, at my request.
lonely, only child,
Seek the quiet corner,
And enter the page.
was awarded to
Alone, immured inside his musty store
full of books, some foxed with mould,
he'll press each page, align each spine,
from Ackroyd through to Zola, sure
his first editions (which he has galore)
herald wealth but, once a title's sold–
in silken tones a customer's cajoled,
agreed–he'll sulk behind the door
to mourn his loved one's loss.
her life a flyleaf not inscribed
with love, diverts herself by reading
deep within a wing-backed chair–
imbibes the lines of images described
cryptic turns of phrase: oblique and terse.
Third prize goes to
Books and Reading: a Boy's Tale
by Alan Roberts
B bed-time - I’m ready,
it’s time for the thrill
O of those daring tales that await;
this - no this book instead which will
K keep me
wide awake well past eight.
is essential, my Dad suggests,
A and I
must picture the tale being told;
knights in their armour are
deeds that are always so bold.
me Dad of all of their names?
E even that knight that’s so
A Arnulph the Brave, yes he’s
the one who gets blamed
D dad says he’s always so
I in class Miss Keating says my words are
N no baby-like talk that’s
it’s down to my books and Dad’s reading
Children's art competition
All excellent paintings and drawings of favourite characters, but a
special mention of Amber Cole, who brought a whole portfolio of
illustrations. Here she is with her version of Saphira from Eragon by
Family Book Trail
The winners of the book trail competition were:
ticket to Castell
Henllys Iron Age village:
Prosser from Treharris, Mid Glams
voucher for The
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven:
Perkins and Zoe Morgan from St Lawrence
ticket (for 4) to Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo:
Tegan and Betsan from Lampeter
The 2016 Fair held three
Adults over 18 were invited to write a
short story with the title "The
The winners were:
read the winning entries, click on the authors' names.
Young adults, 12-18, were
invited to submit a "Creepy Tale" of
100 words or less.
The winners were:
prize - Gracie Ardolino
prize - Catrin Lawrence
prize - Zack Spencer
Children were invited to write a
one-page essay on "My favourite