MORE than 600 copies of a children’s book of stories written by Crocodile Prize entrants has been a popular addition to the stock of reading materials in many Papua New Guinean schools.
The printing and distribution of the book was sponsored by the Paga Hill Development Company as part of its expansive program of supporting the development of a PNG literature.
Schools in most PNG provinces received the free books, with distribution on the ground organised by PNG Attitude readers.
“At last I managed to get Trickery at the Crocodile Pool to six schools on the Sepik coast west of Wewak,” said Gayle Loup Ani. “My cousin, who is a senior teacher, helped to deliver them.”
Gayle has also managed to get books to inland schools and now has just ten left which are ready to distribute to a number of remote elementary schools.
“My former English and Library teacher, Christine Lokes, used to encourage us with our writing during high school. She received the books and was surprised to learn that the Crocodile Prize is a national literary competition for Papua New Guineans.
“I had to explain a little bit about the prize to them and told them to search for more information on the blog. I also distributed copies of the Crocodile Prize flyer to the two English teachers of the schools.”