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Bomai Witne
Bomai D Witne comes from Simbu Province. His father is a traditional Yuri man and his mother is a Bari woman. He is currently teaching Political Science at the University of Goroka and is married with five children. Like many educated Papua New Guineans he is struggling to work out where he belongs in the world. He sits uncomfortably between the old and the new, the traditional and the modern. He is struggling to inherit both worlds. In this collection of stories and essays he explores this dilemma in all its dimensions in an attempt to find out where the answer lies.
​By Philip Fitzpatrick (Author), Keith Jackson (Author)
The Crocodile Prize is Papua New Guinea’s national annual literary competition. The competition originated from an idea and the collaboration of Keith Jackson and Phil Fitzpatrick, both of whom have had a long relationship with Papua New Guinea. The idea for the competition followed an article that Phil had written about the parlous state of post-independent literature in Papua New Guinea. The competition was largely organised online through Keith’s popular PNG Attitude blog. As the competition evolved it became apparent that there were many talented writers in Papua New Guinea who had no real outlets for their work. This prompted the publication of an annual anthology of the best writing and then the establishment of a not-for-profit publishing arm. The annual competition, prizes, writer’s workshops, anthologies, promotion and book publishing were all carried out on an entirely unpaid voluntary basis with support from private sponsors. In 2016 the organisation of the competition passed into Papua New Guinean hands. It has become a much anticipated event in Papua New Guinea’s literary scene.
Jimmy Awagl
This is the second volume of Jimmy Awagl’s quixotic short stories, poems and essays. It includes, among other stories, the trials and tribulations of the famed Sepik Crocodile. The book is a product of Kundiawa-based editor Francis Nii and is published by the Simbu Writer’s Association, which is fast developing into a small powerhouse of Papua New Guinean literature.
Jimmy Awagl
Jimmy Awagl is an educationist by profession, currently teaching language and literature at Ku High School in the Simbu Province of Papua New Guinea. He is the Vice-President of the Simbu Writer’s Association and one of the driving forces in promoting literature in secondary schools in Simbu. Jimmy is a raw talent who  has  so  much  interest  and  stamina  for  writing.  The  volume of
literature he has produced in the short period since he has been introduced to the Crocodile Prize and the PNG Attitude blog through the Simbu Writer’s Association in June 2014 is immense. He writes about anything that he sees, hears and thinks about.