THE Ku High School anthology is the first book of its kind in Papua New Guinea. The compilation of stories is by students who entered the literary competition promoted by the Simbu Writers Association earlier this year.
The entries are in the form of short stories, essays and poems and it was a struggle for Grade 9 and 10 students to write quality material as they had not been taught to systematically structure stories and essays. And the construction of poetry proved complex for Grade 9.
Those students who did not contribute entries regretted this later when the published anthology was displayed right in front of their eyes during the school assembly.
The production process was a long one. I held special classes to explain to students how to write material, the handwritten entries were typed and formed into an acceptable style of writing.
The manuscripts were then forwarded to Francis Nii to edit the material ready for publication in book form.
The artwork, introduction and foreword were prepared and written by Francis and submitted to Phil Fitzpatrick for final editing and design for publication under the Pukpuk Publications imprint.
After correspondence between Phil and Francis, the anthology was uploaded to CreateSpace for printing and distribution through Amazon Boolks.
“The anthology is well edited and aligned for publication which made my job easier,” Phil Fitzpatrick said.
Students and the school administration would like to convey credit and gratitude to Francis Nii for being the extraordinary editor behind the publication of the Ku Anthology.
They extended great thanks to Provincial Education Administrator Essy Walkaim who made funds available to purchase 300 copies of the anthology from Amazon.
They also acknowledged the tired less efforts and initiative of the Simbu Writers Association to motivate students to flood in entries to compile the Ku Anthology.
Finally, honours and applause to Ware Mukale (pictured above), head teacher of Ku High School, who initiated the concept of writing and support for the SWA and the Ku Students Anthology and guided it from the initial stage until the outcome.
The anthology will launched by Hon Kerenga Kua, MP for Sinesine Yongomugl, on 26 November to coincide with a Grade 10 graduation.