Crocodile Prize 2013 Anthology, Philip Fitzpatrick (ed), pp 178, Pukpuk Publications 2013, ISBN978-0987132116. Available from Amazon here for $9.50 as a paperback or you can purchase it as a $5 e-book from Kindle
THE CROCODILE PRIZE 2013 ANTHOLOGY, just released as an Amazon paperback and a Kindle e-book, is the third in the annual series of new Papua New Guinean writing that once again provide an abundance of original and representative literature.
The impact of The Crocodile Prize must not be underestimated. The contest is not only encouraging Papua New Guinean writers, it is not only making PNG writing available to Papua New Guineans, it is bringing PNG writing to the world.
With 54 new stories, essays and poems from 30 different authors, the Anthology is clearly fulfilling the other side of the bargain that the Prize organisers made with PNG writers – if you create something of worth, we’ll make sure it gets published.
The Anthology has just gone on sale, with the Kindle edition is priced at a give-away $5. The paperback is priced at an inexpensive US$9.50 plus postage.
The book is a collection of the best entries submitted to The Crocodile Prize as well as a selection of outstanding writing published in PNG Attitude during 2012-13.
Well known authors such as Martyn Namorong, Michael Dom, Lapieh Landu, Leonard Fong Roka, Francis Nii, Sil Bolkin, Emma Wakpi and Jeff Febi feature strongly along with a large group of exciting new writers, including some prominent PNG names like Gary Juffa and Bernard Yegiora.
The book is superbly edited by Phil Fitzpatrick and consolidates the resurgence in PNG creative writing that accompanied the birth of The Crocodile Prize national literary awards in 2010.
With Christmas just two months away, this wonderful compendium of authentic and fresh Melanesian writing is timed perfectly (and priced elegantly) for gift giving.
PNG Attitude readers might be interested in the book's contents....
Alfred Faiteli – Bagolu Kainali – The Sound of Waves
Diddie Jackson – The Ragged Face at the Traffic Light
Leonard Fong Roka – Bantoka Place
Leonard Fong Roka – Farewell My Bougainville Prophetess [winner]
Leonard Fong Roka – I am going back to my roots
Ephraim Toirima – Brothers Until the End
Pamela Toliman – My Value, My Worth
Martinez Wasuak – A Dream Fades in the Sight of Blind Love
Tanya Zeriga - Alone – Lost in Transition
Jessica Dobb – Melanesian Woman
Michael Dom – A soliloquy of soil
Michael Dom – Sonnet 8: Dispela Nambawan Meri Tru
Michael Dom – Sonnet 12: A prayer for our times
Alfred Faiteli – Mo’anna
Alfred Faiteli – A Cyclone is Coming
Jeffrey Febi – Even a tomorrow got its own
Jeffrey Febi – We don’t sing anymore
Steve Ilave & Leonnie Paranda – Night Shift
Diddie Jackson – As a Writer
Megghan Jimbudo – The frustrating wait
Mary Koisen – The end
Eric Kowa – The Rain Tree
Lapieh Landu – I am woman [winner]
Ishmael Palipal – Korima rises like the sun
Ishmael Palipal – Ballad of Meri Koromira
Marie-Rose Sau – My Papua New Guinea
Pamela Toliman – A Faceless Silhouette
Emma Wakpi – Embraced Through Éclairs
Martinez Wasuak – Companion
Martinez Wasuak – The white man’s materialism
Ganjiki Wayne – Tumbling Calamities
Tanya Zeriga-Alone – Reality Bites
Essays & Journalism
Erasmus Baraniak – The hypocrisy of mateship, fair go and human rights in Oz
Sil Bolkin – Belden Namah’s prison dreams: a couple of steps to go
Sil Bolkin – Wahgi Hellcats: a rock band born before its time
Jeffrey Febi – Grade 8 dropout is chef and literary prize sponsor
Danny Gonnol – I had a dream last night: A vision for my country
Gary Juffa – Stability for Whom? – The ambiguity of our future
David Kitchnoge – Fijians: Melanesians like PNGns but a class above
Martyn Namorong – Down the Fly River, this time with a paddle
Martyn Namorong – PNG development: We need a coup in the chicken coop
Martyn Namorong – Road to hell is paved with religion and westernisation
Francis Nii – If Dekla says Papua New Guinea is Eden, then it is! [winner]
Francis Nii – Is sorcery real or just a myth? Here’s our dilemma
Francis Nii – State of Origin: The game that sends PNG bananas
Elvina Ogil – 140 character wit and wisdom
Ishmael Palipal – Chinese businesses pose problems for PNG
Leonard Fong Roka – Walking out rich from the Bougainville government
Albert Tobby – Will the death penalty stop violent crime in PNG
Emma Wakpi – Grass-fruits! Inspiring stories of community self-help
Emma Wakpi – Amazing Grace: Wilberforce and Papua New Guinea
Joe Wasia – Better education will tackle social issues in PNG
Ganjiki Wayne – On police brutality and police theft in PNG
Bernard Yegiora – Beyond ‘bisnis blo mi’: Redefining the public service