2016 Heritage Category Shortlist

A winner will receive K5000 next Thursday (February 16) for the Cleland Family Heritage Prize in the 2016 Crocodile Prize Competition. Below are the three finalists of the 2016 Crocodile Prize Heritage Competition: Ketar Natis, Killings and Two Grieving Kinsmen by Theresa Gizoria; The Disappearance of Gambu by Julie Sugoho and Christina’s History by Talitha Kove.The K5000 winner…

Story-crafting Workshop a Success

  The story-crafting workshop for writers organised by the voluntary Crocodile Prize Committee has been a huge success. Over thirty people attended the first Crocodile Prize story crafting workshop in Port Moresby, yesterday. The participants were as young as 13 and as old as 65 consisting of writers, readers, enthusiasts and Crocodile Prize fans. “They…

How To Write A Poem

HOW  TO  WRITE  A  POEM – Chips Mackellar The first task is to plan what you want to say. For example, suppose you wanted to decide if your old uncle is too old to do something.  Would he be too old because he has grey hair? No, because lots of people have grey hair and…

Crocodile Prize Committee Members Promote PNG National Book Week

Caption: EMTV footage showing children in the National Book Week activities. The Crocodile Prize Association Inc committee members and authors Baka Bina, Emmanuel Peni and Marlene Dee Gray Potoura are taking part in and promoting reading and writing in the PNG National Book Week this week. Author of “Sibona” Mr Peni yesterday visited and spoke to 600…

Crocodile Prize Inc – A New Association for Papua New Guinea Writers

The Crocodile Prize Committee 2016 is proud to announce that it is officially an association as of this week. The Competition Committee Vice Chairperson Joycelin Leahy said it is a dream come true for writers in PNG to finally have a proper organisation and a place where the voice of PNG can be developed through…

Stories from Living…Marlene Dee Gray Potoura

“Every crater, hole, crevice, river…EVERTHING in the village has a story about how it came to be. I heard stories from my matrilineal grandmother who was from Eastern Highlands Province and my patrilineal grandfather, who was from Buin, South Bougainville. My grandmother’s stories were about our ancestors who came from the Solomon Islands. Tambuna stories were shared…

The Witch Hunt – Poetry

A poem by llyana Garap Courtesy Tom Lee via Flickr / Creative Commons / https://flic.kr/p/qW8iEj   Witch Hunt   Please stop! You’re hurting me, please stop I cried I’m sorry that your brother died. Your brother was my son, you see, So stop this pain. You’re hurting me. I’m sorry that your father died, He…

PNG Poets Can Get Help

Papua New Guinean poets intending on brushing up their poetry for the Crocodile Prize can get help from Australian poet Malcolm Mackellar or Chips as he is known to friends. Chips has offered to look at your poems and offer suggestions to improve the rhyme and metre. “My reason for asking to help PNG poets,…

PNG: Are We Preserving Our Culture?

Each day, many aspects of PNG culture are lost. The question to each of us is what are we doing to preserve our culture? We may never get back what we lose today. Journalist Scott Waide had a chat with Gary Juffa, one of the most outspoken leaders about PNG culture. “Papua New Guinea loses aspects…

Ikin-yal’s Backyard Revelation – Short Story

Ikin-yal’s Backyard Revelation – Short Story Story and picture by Bomai Witne Why should these people brave the hot sun, to sit and listen to one person? Who is this guy? My thoughts ran wild as I watched from the distance. It was in Goroka town, Papua New Guinea on the weekend. The speaker had a white stained shirt…