BY KEITH JACKSON
THE CROCODILE PRIZE, an initiative of PNG Attitude, took another big step to build itself into a sustainable enterprise in Papua New Guinea with the incorporation on Tuesday of the PNG Society of Writers, Editors and Publishers.
The Society’s task is to promote a writing and reading culture in Papua New Guinea and to develop the professional knowledge of members who are writers, editors and publishers of literary or dramatic material.
It will also nurture professional linkages between members and with relevant organisations within and outside Papua New Guinea as well as keeping members informed of professional developments in the literary world.
From early 2012, the Society will embark on a membership drive within PNG. Initial membership will be free.
People from outside PNG who wish to join can apply for Associate Member status, which will cost $A50 a year.
The Society has adopted an interim constitution (you can download it here if you’re interested) and appointed a committee to steer it to the first general meeting, which will be held to coincide with the Prize ceremony in Port Moresby next September.
The Society has also appointed Amanda Donigi as its first Executive Officer. Amanda will supervise the operations of the Society in Papua New Guinea and work closely with Prize directors Phil Fitzpatrick and me and the other committee members, who are all PNG-based.
Amanda was born and raised in Port Moresby and is currently managing editor for Pacific Islands Publishing, a magazine publishing house in Port Moresby.
She holds a BA in German and is a graduate diploma in writing, editing and publishing from the University of Queensland. She taught English for over three years in South Korea and Taiwan before turning her attention to books and the written word.
Amanda’s writing has been published in several magazines and on cultural review websites.