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12 May 2014

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If that amount of money was put in to help PNG writers publish their works, I'm sure we can get a lot of people interested to publish books for our children.

Whilst I thank and congratulate Australia and AusAID for this timely assistance, my message to AusAID is not to buy books from Australia, rather get that authors' workshops going and select and publish work that has PNG in origin.

The Crocodile Prize can be a start but there should be a separate body to look into publishing children's books. I'm sure Australia has some model that we can copy to get this ticking over.

I think there was a European Union thing that the National Library was doing to publish certain works. This could be worked together with the Buk Bilong Pikinini program.
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Buk bilong Pikinini is already doing what you suggest, Baka, and working in conjunction with the Crocodile Prize - KJ

And I think K2.2 million is much money and a little amount could go into financing the publication of children's books from stories that surface from the 2014 Crocodile Prize.

Start small and we can make it, I believe.

It's really the best message - "authors workshop in Port Moresby to encourage Papua New Guineans to write books for their children."

I really have an interest in this area and would love it if Buk bilong Pikinini could help out.

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