BY MARI ELLINGSON
BEHOLD! The conscience of PNG speaks from the shadows no more!
I was most privileged and honored to take part in the inaugural launch of The Crocodile Prize Awards, which took place on Thursday at the Australian High Commission.
No-one would have known that on the grounds of the Australian High Commission, taking place behind closed doors was a birthing of the PNG writers’ collective resolve: to make writing as prominent as the eye can see, the nose can smell, the ear can hear and the mouth can spread the news, that PNG writers are not a dying breed. Far from it!
I found myself holding back my emotions as I gazed into the happy expectant faces of upcoming contemporary PNG writing pioneers and the assurance of the future of PNG literature.
A group united in spirit to make their mark on PNG’s future and its destiny. I felt an overwhelming sense of oneness with this eclectic group of vibrant and perceptive writers whose country is the bedrock of the content of their literary expressions.
PNG writing has come of age, olgeta! The new generation has discovered its own ‘wave of motivation and inspiration’ to drive their literary talent into the public domain.
Thanks in no small measure to Keith Jackson and Phil Fitzpatrick and the great support received through Keith’s PNG Attitude blog that saw yesterday happen. It was a labour of love that was not in vain.
I could hear and feel in my spirit that for each of these writers their literary journey has truly begun. It was a long time coming. This is a journey that they most certainly will not travel alone.
Wherever we are these are our voices too. We must lend them our strong support so that they can continue to give us, through their writing, the checks and balances we need to maintain, in how we relate to each other as Papua New Guineans and how we should deal with the challenges that we advertently or inadvertently have brought upon ourselves and from which we are struggling to free ourselves.
Read the full version of Mari’s article here, and see some neat photos, on the My Magic Moments blog.