TOKSAVE – The entries for Mini-poetry Competition on World Environment Day 2022 are now being judged

Well done to the twenty-one entrants who are participating this year.

Assessment of the poems is made by ‘blind-judging’ of poems sent without the author names and details. Although six entrants have not provided their identification, there is still time for them to remedy that, so please do.

With the ID photo’s Ples Singsing can confirm that you are who you say you are and, even more importantly, celebrate your school or institute name when we start publishing the poems on this blog.

Faumuina is a Wayfinding Samoan voyager, sailing traditional waka, ocean going canoes

This year our judge is Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i, a published Samoan poetess and a media and communications specialist who runs her private company, FlyingGeese Productions, in New Zealand.

Faumuina has visited Papua New Guinea a number of times and has an uncanny quick grasp of Tok Pisin, so noken traim long tok baksait long em taim em i raun ikam, laka, em bai givim yu gut wan tru ia!

You may read some of Faumuina’s poetry right here and here, and learn about her 2020 book, My Grandfather is a Canoe, from which she also produced an award winning drama at the Dunedin Festival in 2021.

The announcement of the three winning poems will be made on the day after World Environment Day, Monday 6th of June.

ALL entries will be published right here on Ples Singsing – A PNG Writer’s Blog, and we will celebrate the twenty-one entrants who have entered into the world of literary creativity.

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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