‘Three-Score-and Ten’ Poetry Competition now in its fourth year.

The St James Retirement Hotel have announced a call for entries for their very popular poetry competition for the over 70s.


“I decided to open the competition to the “over 70” community in Cape Town in the hope

that participants would use this opportunity as a catalyst for exploring thoughts, feelings and memories.” Says Gael Baldwin, Managing Director of The St James Retirement Hotel who organise the competition. “The response has been overwhelming and we are pleased to be able offer this outlet for the creativity of our older generation”.


Finuala Dowling who has judged the competition from its inception has described the standard of entries to be extremely high and a real pleasure to judge. Subject matter ranges from mortality and ageing, to funny and whimsical, to poems about nature and love and personal reflections as in Ekin Kench’s winning poem for 2016 entitled ‘Amoeba’.


Entries can be emailed to reception@thestjames.co.za, posted to or dropped off at

The St James Retirement Hotel, 66 Main Road, St James, 7945 by 27th October. The winners will be invited to read their poetry at a function at The St James and winners will be announced in The False Bay Echo on 21 December.