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18 February 2014


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My, I really enjoyed reading this story. I recall my childhood days. You are a natural story teller.

Philip - wakai.

Angra, I was ill for over two months and missed this touching story. After reading Part 2 this morning I was moved. There are many Kemis and Britgitas around and of course Ere-Yopa too, but their stories cannot be shared.

This story is fitting for a movie. Wakai wo...

My mum is from this place and the story truly touched me. A simple beautiful read.

True, the Crocodile Prize is something special.

Was reading the UPNG newsletter and saw details of the competition.

Our department will be publishing our newsletter called Kawawar at the end of March. I will definitely including details about the competition as well.

Keep on writing, John.


Hi Tine, many thanks for identifying with the story and your positive comments.

Maybe there is a little bit of Kemi in some of us, at least those who grew up in the village. As to what happens between Kemi and Brigita is up to the reader to predict.

And whether the story gets picked up for Kemi and Brigita meet again in the future is yet to be

Once again thank you.

John, you are a natural writer and the story grips the reader.

Although I am not from the area, I attended Muaina High School and used to pass Mu Lutheran Church many times.

The story also rhymes well with my own upbringing in the village when these wise old men were still around and I had a bed and grew up in the men's house for a period of time.

I was also raised by my grandma as both my parents were away on my dad's posting as a Catechist in far-flung places by the Catholic Church.

As a footnote, I wonder what happened to Kemi and Brigita afterwards. Would that be another series? Thanks for the brilliant piece of creative writing :)

I have just returned from a field trip to a community in Rigo, Central Province, where I facilitated training to get community leaders to begin to know the process of proposal writing.

It was a week’s training and the exposure to issues faced by the communities and the aspirations of the people provided a marked contrast to what was being drummed up in Parliament and the media.

Certainly there have been many activities in PNG Attitude, and in particular the PNG Crocodile Prize, during this period.

I must admit that the Crocodile Prize has awakened many of us to begin to define and try to sharpen the craft of writing.

I am unable to respond to each of you for your comments on my short story, The Old Man, but I wish to say thank you to Bernard Yegiora, Sil Bolkin, Michael Dom, Phil Fitzpatrick, Oro Governor Garry Juffa, Robin Lillicrap and Mrs Barbara Short for your truly encouraging comments.

I am humbled!

Each of you are serious writers in your own right and I have enjoyed reading your writing.

And congratulations to Michael Dom on the publication of your book of poems.

Looking forward to more interaction at the literary level.

I guess the water game was played in front of the big Lutheran Church.

Nice imagination.

Country man, I enjoyed this story. If there is truly an heaven, it belongs to these bubus of ours. Wakai wo!


Nice story. I took that photo too. In Minj. Where I spent some years as a child.

Excellent story, beautifully written. Simple words with great impact.

Like it.

What a lovely story, John Kaupa Kamasua.

I know many PNG children have different stories to tell of their up-bringing. I think that often when they have to survive without the traditional mother and father looking after them they often turn into stronger people with a mind of their own.

Ere-Yopa’s love and care for the boy is typical of the way grand-parents often can help their grand-children. In today's busy world, when both parents might be trying to hold down a job, there is an important role for the older men and women.

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