Sista, Stanup, Strong! A Vanuatu Women's Anthology


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Sista, Stanap Strong! is an anthology of new writing from Vanuatu by three generations of women – and the first of its kind. With poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, and song, its narrative arc stretches from the days of blackbirding to Independence in 1980 to Vanuatu's coming of age in 2020. Most of these writers are Ni-Vanuatu living in Vanuatu. Some have set down roots in New Zealand, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Canada. Some were born overseas and have made Vanuatu their home. One is just twenty; another is an octogenarian. The writers in this anthology have chosen to harness the coloniser’s language, English, for their own purposes. They are writing against racism, colonialism, misogyny and sexism. Writing across bloodlines and linguistic boundaries. Professing their love for ancestors, offspring and language – Bislama, vernacular and English. What these writers also have in common is a sharp eye for detail, a love of words, a deep connection to Vanuatu, and a willingness to share a glimpse of their world. Includes a foreword by Viran Molisa Trief. Cover art: Juliette Pita


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Contributors Irene Abbock Adela Issachar Aru Carol C. Aru Yasmine Bjornum Joana Bule Pauline Chang Ryland Nicole Colmar Ketty Dan-Napwatt Sarah Doyle Plain Flawa Leina Isno Telstar Jimmy Jane Kanas Mary Jack Kaviamu Jennifer Kalpokas Doan Frances C. Koya Vaka’uta Catherine Lessa Savianna Licht Shina Manmelin Gaelle Méheut Viran Molisa Trief Caroline Nalo Elsie Nalyal Molou Losana Natuman Anna Naupa Joan Niras Mikaela Nyman Nellie Nipina Olul Rebecca Tobo Olul-Hossen Nancy Gaselona Palmer Juliette Pita Kali Regenvanu Mildred Sope Helen Lobanga Tamtam Roselyn Qwenako Tor Busi Vasconcellos-Neill Sharyn Wobur

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  • : 9781776564200
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : May 2021
  • : books

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