WE continue our series of eight articles on the more than 130 writers who did Papua New Guinea proud with their participation in the 2014 Crocodile Prize.
You can read a short profile of each writer (whose first names today start with the letters C and D) and, where it has been published, an example of their creative work.
A reminder: if you’re a writer and want to attend a workshop facilitated by Trevor Shearston and Phil Fitzpatrick, there’s a free opportunity on Thursday 18 September. Refer to the note at the top of this page.
In this, the fourth year of the Prize, we’ve broken every record: a record number of awards (seven); a record number of entrants (131) and a record number of entries (612).
And, for the first time in 2014, PNG literature takes a big step forward with the announcement of the Ok Tedi Mining Award for Book of the Year.
We’re also grateful to our other sponsors – Kina Securities, Cleland Family, PNG Association of Australia, PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum, Buk bilong Pikinini and the Australian high Commission.
THE WRITERS & THEIR WORKS
Carole Nialel Cholai, 33, comes from Manus. She is a single parent with three children aged 12, 9 and 4 and currently lives with her parents in Kokopo, East New Britain. Apart from spending time at home with her kids, Carole does freelance ICT work as a volunteer with the community association, Manus Professionals for Community Development.
Creation: The man with the light brown eyes
Caroline Evari, 25, is the sixth child in a family of seven siblings. She was born in Vanimo, East Sepik of parents from Oro and Milne Bay. She graduated from the University of PNG and works with the World Bank. Caroline says she has assembled many collections of poems, scripts, songs and stories.
Cecilia Vangeke Bula, 27, was born in Port Moresby and works as an administrative assistant to the Deans of the Faculties of Arts and Business & Informatics at Divine Word University. She enjoys reading, swimming, photography and spending time with friends and family. Cecilia says she recently started writing poems and enjoys every minute of it.
Creation: Days without you two
Chris Baria is 53 and comes from the hamlet of Kuri near Arawa in Bougainville. “I love writing; it’s fun and I enjoy it,” he says. “There is so much to write about. But to do a good poem, I really have go into some kind of a trance. That’s very challenging, the transportation into deeper level of consciousness.” Chris is Second Secretary in the national ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
Creation: Ode to Anthony Ampe
Dambe Kawage is 20 years old and a Grade 10 student at Ku High School in Simbu.
Creation: The story of lakes Yaundo and Pinde
Daniel Wainge, 19, is from Mingende and attends Rosary Secondary School in Kundiawa, Simbu Province. He says he would like to be a writer and this prompts him to see if he has the potential.
Creation: At least you might have left a note for me
Darren A Talyaga, 27, is from Wabag in Enga Province. He is a graduate engineer at the Barrick Porgera mine who loves to write in his free time. He has collected notes to one day write a novel about the minerals boom and life in PNG.
Creation: PNG Paradise
David Gonol, 31, was born at Marapa in the Tambul District of the Western Highlands Province. He is a Port Moresby based lawyer and assistant registrar of the National Court. David is author of I’ve Grown to Love Jesus (2011) and many academic papers and is writing a book on the ‘underlying law’ of PNG.
Creation: The unique nature & character of customary law
David Kasei Wapar, 28, was born in Port Moresby and is public relations officer at Divine Word University. He says his writing is inspired by village life and PNG’s cultural diversity and that writing short stories and poems has always been part of his life.
Creation: How I learned to maintain grandpa’s proud legacy
Debes Aka is a student at Rosary Secondary School in Kundiawa, Simbu Province.
Creation: Flying the flag higher
Diddie Kinamun Jackson was born in Mt Hagen in the Western Highlands and says she loves words and is constantly amazed by the English vocabulary.
Creation: The story of Sibona Aroma: A difficult life’s journey
Dinah Kyakas, 43, comes from Wabag in Enga Province. She is a language lecturer at Holy Trinity Teachers’ College in Mt Hagen. She says poetry is her favourite genre because it allows her to creatively express unseen thoughts, feelings and desires. Dinah uses personal experiences and a desire to entertain other people as inspiration.
Dominica Are, 27, was born and grew up in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province. She has a degree in business accountancy from Divine Word University and works for CARE International. Dominica is single and her hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching movies, go shopping and writing.
Creation: The positive woman
Doreen Bauloni, 39, is from Dobu Island in the Esa’ala District of Milne Bay Province and says she hopes to be a writer in the near future. Doreen now lives on the outskirts of Alotau, travelling into and out of town for work. She likes reading and gardening. She was inspired to start writing poems and short stories by the funny remarks made by her children when she was out of work and taking care of them.
Creation: The blues