THE Crocodile Prize Organising Group, COG, has announced that former Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane will receive this year’s Ok Tedi Mining Award for Lifetime Contribution to PNG Literature.
The award will be made on Thursday 18 September at the same time as five other awards for writing are presented during a ceremony at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.
Now aged 82 and with 44 books under his belt, Sir Paulias is the most prolific published writer in PNG. He is also a great advocate of books, learning and literature.
He was born in 1931, became a teacher and rose through the public service to become the eighth Governor-General of PNG. His memoir My Childhood in New Guinea has been on the school curriculum since the 1970s, and for many years he wrote a column in a national daily newspaper.
One of Sir Paulias’s passions over the years has been writing and another has been encouraging other Papua New Guineans to write.
“Up to now, due to my encouragement,” he has said, “32 people have had their first books published here and overseas. Five have written their second books.”
Do you want to attend a writers’ workshop?
The Crocodile Prize writers’ workshop will be held in the American Corner of the National Library. Its special guest will be Australian author Trevor Shearston who has used a PNG setting for many of his novels and short stories.
There is room for a maximum of 30 people at the workshop and places are filling fast, so – if you wish to attend – you should email here, telling us what information and ideas you’d like to get from the workshop.
Among the topics suggested so far are character development; how to research stories; marketing; design; e-books; networking amongst writers; publishing; selecting genre and audience targeting.
The workshop will run from 9.30am until 4.30 pm on Thursday 18 September.
Crocodile Prize entries close on Monday 30 June
If you’re a writer who wishes to enter this year’s Crocodile Prize, you now have less than a week to submit your entry. Full details can be obtained at the Prize website here.
COG has now received 450 entries from nearly 100 writers. The materials includes some 230 poems in the Kina Securities Poetry Award and 130 essays and articles in the PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum Essays& Journalism Award.
There have been about 30 entries in each of the Cleland Family Heritage Writing Award, the Buk bilong Pikini Children’s Writing Award and the People’s Short Story Award.
The inaugural Ok Tedi Mining Book of the Year Award has received six entries.
Work has begun on compiling the 2014 Crocodile Prize Anthology, being published under the PNG Association of Australia Publishing Program, which will be launched during September’s Crocodile Prize presentations.