Hurling a gumboot for literary pride

THE Barbara Cartland Hurl — in which people see how far they can throw the famously trashy tomes of the English author — has always been a special aspect of Port Fairy’s Ex Libris Festival Of Words.
See your ad hereThings got slightly weirder at the 2012 event on the weekend. This year’s Hurl involved the Barbara Cartland novels being placed in a gumboot and then thrown. It was all part of Ex Libris’ celebration of the year of the farmer, which led to the festival enjoying a suitably rural theme across its many talks and events.

Event co-ordinator Margaret Sinnott said the relatively new committee behind Ex Libris was proud of the weekend.

“It’s went very well,” she said. “The country lunch was booked out … and each of the author sessions have gone really well.”

Ms Sinnott said 91-year-old Casterton author Edith Jessie Flanders, who was also a codebreaker during WWII, proved to be popular, with festival-goers flocking to her “afternoon tea” session on Saturday.

Ms Sinnott said the authors had also been mingling with the crowds and attending each others sessions.

The event wrapped up with a local readings open mic-style session in Port Fairy’s Victoria Hotel, which was capped off by a performance from author/musician Dennis O’Keeffe.

See your ad hereMs Sinnott said the turnout had been good, helping bring visitors to Port Fairy at a time of year that was traditionally quieter for tourism.

“Ex Libris brings people to Port Fairy and for the residents it’s something good to do on the weekend,” she said.

The traditional big book sale again proved popular, this time in the Drill Hall.


MATT NEAL, 2012, ARTICLE: Hurling a gumboot for literary pride. 10 Sep, 2012 midnight. [The Warrnambool Standard online]. Available at [Accessed 11 September 2012]
IMAGE: For years the Barbara Cartland Hurl has been a popular event at the Ex Libris Festival of Words. 10 Sep, 2012 midnight [The Warrnambool Standard online]. Available at [Accessed 11 September 2012]