PNG writers to be represented at Brisbane writers’ festival

Jimmy Drekore


President of the Crocodile Prize Organisation, COG, Jimmy Drekore, will attend the annual Brisbane Writers Festival from 4-6 September this year.

The Festival is a great meeting place for people associated with literature in Australia and overseas – authors, journalists, administrators, supporters and readers.

COG member Bob Cleland has been dealing with Festival organisers, who say they are keen, in future years, to have Papua New Guinea officially represented in the festival.

Informal discussions will be held this year to see if full PNG participation can occur in 2016.

Mr Drekore will travel to Brisbane ahead of the Crocodile Prize Awards in Kundiawa this September to observe the Brisbane festival and hold discussions with organisers.

This represents a great opportunity for collaboration between Papua New Guinean and Australian writers.

Jimmy, recently named PNG’s ‘Man of Honour’, is also president of the Simbu Children Foundation, PNG’s most successful home-grown charity.