NEW BOOK TO BE LAUNCHED WITH HUMOROUS TALES FROM LOWER ALBANY
Excitement builds for long-awaited sequel about life in Lower Albany region
Twenty-five years is a long time to wait for a sequel, but the wait has been worth it
First published 25 years ago, a new LA Lore is soon to be launched with a new collection of humorous stories of the Lower Albany area, with accompanying illustrations.
LA Lore II ... and more is a collaboration between Brian “Bugs” Wilmot, Quentin Hogge and Basil Mills.
The book is a compilation of over 40 stories from the area, which includes the area from Port Alfred, Bathurst and Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), and from the Great Fish River to the Bushman’s River and the farms in between.
There are excursions to Hell’s Poort and King William’s Town too. All the stories illustrate the lighter side of life in the Lower Albany region.
Wilmot provided an example, the story of Bobby Millar who made a bet with some visiting Texans about the size of the Thanksgiving turkey. The Texans wagered that Millar could not produce a turkey anywhere near the size and taste of a Texas turkey. In response, Millar put on the table an enormous bird braaied to perfection. The astounded Texas paid.
Only much later, Millar revealed that he had served a young ostrich.
Another famous incident was when a white horse patronised the Pig and Whistle pub and caused consternation to a farmer.
The original LA Lore was the product of Wilmot’s febrile brain and Gerard Marx’s glorious cartoons.
“Twenty-five years is a long time to wait for a sequel, but as Judge Eric Leach notes in his introduction to LA Lore II, things move slowly in the Lower Albany, and the wait has been worth it,” Wilmot said.
Wilmot, now retired to Port Alfred, is an entomologist who became director of the Albany Museum and was elevated to director of Museum Services for the Cape Province. Later, after a stint running the National Schools Science Festival, Wilmot was instrumental in rejuvenating and putting on the international map the Olive Schreiner Museum in Cradock.
Mills is a fine arts graduate from Rhodes University. He is an education officer at the National English Literacy Museum where his varied skills include a vast knowledge of local history and an unmatched ability to communicate this knowledge to a wide range of audiences.
Hogge is a teacher and the author of four anthologies of poetry. He jokes that he wants to retire before death, but isn’t hopeful.
The book will be launched at the Ploughman Pub in Bathurst on Friday October 19, at 6pm.
TICKLING FUNNY BONES: Brian ‘Bugs’ Wilmot, with an advance copy of ‘LA Lore II… and more’, a collaboration between him, Quentin Hogge and Basil Mills