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There Was an Old Lady from Loei

Thai Limericks
A collection of poems by

Colin Cotterill’s Illustrated Limericks Book

The first love of Colin Cotterill, author of the Dr. Siri and Jimm Juree crime series, is drawing not writing. Now he has taken time out to illustrate his collection of limericks written during his long sojourn in Thailand.

From the introduction:

I first stopped over in Thailand on my way to Australia in 1976 but it wasn’t until a decade later that I moved here. My tally of years spent in the region is rapidly approaching the thirty mark. We old-timers have seen a lot of changes over those years. I’ve taught, run an NGO, produced a TV series, drawn cartoons and written books. I’ve seen projects and social experiments come and go. I’ve observed the internationalization of Thailand’s culture and the growth of its tourist industry. I kept diaries over the years to remind myself of how I fitted in as a foreigner in the country I chose to be my home. But a few months ago, I found a cache of limericks I’d written over those early years. It had been my hobby to write one a week for my own sanity. I used them to remember Thai vocabulary and place names. I used them to unknot the frustrations of officialdom. It hadn’t occurred to me how accurately I had documented life in Thailand in my rhymes. There were over two hundred of them. Some were raunchy, probably racist and sexist. Some were just bad. But I decided to hone down the collection to give myself a fair record of my time here. I stopped writing books three years ago and returned to my roots as a cartoonist. My pictures wouldn’t win any prizes but my style fitted the limericks, so I illustrated them. The result of that marriage you will find in this book. Above all, it was fun and often a trip down memory lane.

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