IN what is a pioneering step in Papua New Guinea, writers of the Simbu Province have come together to form a group to promote Simbu literature and the Crocodile Prize national literary competition in the province.
The main objective of the Simbu Writers Association (SWA) is to collectively encourage and promote writing, publishing and the marketing of members’ literary works and arts.
It also decided to embrace the annual Crocodile Prize contest as the gateway for external exposure.
The writers met at the Mt Wilhelm Tourist Hotel and elected their first executive committee.
Scientist and poet Jimmy Drekore was elected president and educationist and local publisher Eric Sinebare vice president.
Josephine K Bal (legal practitioner and factual writer) is secretary and Francis S Nii (economist and novelist) is treasurer.
David Herman Nime, the managing director of Mt Wilhelm Tourist Hotel, who is also an essayist, was elected as patron.
Discussion at the meeting revolved mainly around formalising in-house matters including a constitution, Investment Promotion Authority certificate and logo. Each of these matters is to be further deliberated at the next meeting on Friday 23 May.
The highlight of the inaugural meeting was a presentation on the history of the Crocodile Prize national literature competition up to the present day.
The 2011 and 2012 anthologies were displayed by Francis Nii and Jimmy Drekore and committee members were highly impressed and inspired.
A wild dream that transpired from the presentation was that SWA should bring the 2015 Crocodile Prize award ceremony to Simbu and celebrate the occasion the Simbu way.
SWA members feel that “The Beast” should travel beyond Port Moresby up the Highlands Highway to the four corner town of Kundiawa.
In the meantime, members have been encouraged to enter the Crocodile Prize, which closes on Monday 30 June.
Eric Sinebare volunteered to assist Tom Kaupa, who is 13, to have his drawings scanned and the accompanying hand written narratives typed for entry in the Buk bilong Pikinini award. Tom has shown great potential and SWA will do what it can to promote and expose the young primary scholar’s potential.
Photo: Front row left-right: Francis Nii, Mathias Kin (scientist, currently writing on the history of Kundiawa township), David Herman Nime (with his book PNG - The Writing is on the Wall, Corruption Vol.1), Tom Kaupa (13 year old writer with his script and drawings) and Jimmy Drekore. Middle row left to right: Peter Kepa (educationist and curriculum developer), Arnold Mundua (author of two books, The Bride’s Price and Elep Returns), Alfred Kawo (pastor and aspiring writer), Waugla Wii (educationist and aspiring writer), Angela Kaupa (Tom’s mother and educationist) and Eric Sinebare. Back row left to right: Francis Poye (educationist and aspiring writer), Jimmy Awagl (educationist and aspiring writer), Joseph Ambane (provincial lands official and aspiring writer) and Jeff Nilki (scientist and songwriter). Absent: Josephine K Bal and Paul Dage (appropriate technology products researcher and non-fiction writer).