UPON leaving Divine Word University with a degree in communications in 2008, Ruth Moiam went to work as a public relations officer for PNG's Nambawan Super.
Just a few months later, she accepted the post of PNG-Australia Alumni Coordinator in the Australian Scholarships section of AusAID.
In an accelerating career, by early 2011 Ruth was Public Diplomacy Coordinator with the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, and it was in this role that she first encountered the then newly established Crocodile Prize.
In what she labels as one of her core achievements, Ruth was appointed by the High Commission to organise the on-the-ground Prize activities – the awards ceremony, writers workshop, reception and the many accompanying administrative tasks.
She did a fine job and has been associated with the Prize since, most recently as a member of the Crocodile Prize Organising Group, COG.
Since early last year, Ruth, 29, has been communications manager of the Australian-funded Health and HIV Implementing Services Provider (HHISP).
She is also a contributing author to Communication, Culture & Society in Papua New Guinea, which highlights the constructive role media can play in development, a content consultant to the PNG National Anti-Corruption Strategy and a committee member of the Abt JTA Women’s Committee that raises awareness around gender equity and social inclusion.
Ruth reflects: “23 years ago, I sat in a hut - nothing like what kids call a classroom today - and I remember my teacher reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ to us. I couldn’t picture what bears or porridge or a child with golden locks looked like then.
“I believe the Crocodile Prize is proving to be of immense significance to promoting PNG literature.
“There are now hundreds of Papua New Guinean writers who are conveying their own experiences and affairs from a local perspective and thousands more who have the opportunity to read about stories and issues that they can relate to.
“That’s worth all my support,” she says.