Papua New Guinea is a country with a remarkable story-telling tradition, yet hardly any children's books are being written and published by local authors.
Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) children's libraries have been established with a view to foster a love of reading and learning and, while BbP brings thousands of donated children's books to PNG each month from Australia, it is vital for children to be able to connect and identify with the stories they read during childhood.
In order to encourage Papua New Guineans to put pen to paper to share their wonderful stories, Buk bilong Pikinini will host an Authors' Seminar from the 5-7th of May 2014 and will also be sponsoring a children's writing category within the 2014 Crocodile Awards.
Elizabeth Omeri of Buk bilong Pikinini said: "I believe story telling is an amazing tool our people have used for generations to translate the past into the present time. However, it is very difficult to turn those stories into books, when there are no resources or enough support to publish these stories. This upcoming seminar will provide a great opportunity for those wishing to become authors to find inspiration and new ways of expression, which will help them to translate their thoughts into something, which could be published and at the same time teach them the tricks of the trade."
The Authors' Seminar will bring award winning children's books Author and Illustrator Alison Lester to PNG, who alongside other leading Australian and Papua New Guinean authors, editors and publishers, will attempt to create a fun and inspirational seminar for PNG's budding children's books authors.
8 am to 5 pm
Cost: 50 Kina (includes morning and afternoon tea & lunch for both days)
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