Sista, Stanap Strong!

Sista, Stanap Strong!

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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


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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