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Reading Empowers, A Reminder On World Book Day

Reading Empowers, A Reminder On World Book Day
Left is the Regional District Education Officer, Ratu Josefa Gavidi
April 25
14:59 2018

Rakiraki District School was a hive of activity on Saturday April 20th, 2018.

World Book Day was commemorated with the theme “Share a Story”.

The Library Services of Fiji (Ministry of Education, Heritage & Arts together with The USP Press and USP Bookcentre, teachers, other children’s Bookshops, students, and parents marked this important event.

The Regional District Education Officer, Ratu Josefa Gavidi, officially opened the World Book Day celebrations. He said that creating a reading culture is vital to the body of knowledge and every individual’s life. He emphasised how reading was important for writers, authors, publishers, teachers, students, learners and individuals.

“This is a worldwide event and celebrated globally. We are thankful to The Library Services of Fiji, who organised this national event every year to keep the writing and reading culture alive.”

The Director of the Library Services of Fiji, Merewalesi Vueti described the roles of all individuals and parents towards this worldwide phenomena. She said books empower individuals, develops intellectual ability and capabilities. The following schools participated:

Naria Primary School

Wairuku Primary

RakiRaki District

RakiRaki Methodist

Penang Sangam primary

Nakauvadra High

RakiRaki Public High

Students at the World Book Day in Rakiraki. Photo: USP

Students at the World Book Day in Rakiraki. Photo: USP

The contribution from the USP for providing publishing opportunities of books which diversifies and broadens knowledge in many different areas was acknowledged.  This year, two most recently published books by USP Press were launched at the World Book Day; “Wild Flowers”and “Insights into Mughal India.”


Wild Flowers by Professor Subramani

About the Author: Subramani was a leading Professor in Literature and Language at the University of Fiji, Saweni Campus, and Lautoka and is a renowned writer of fiction and essays as well as a public intellectual in Fiji. Some of his works include – Writer at Work, Dauka Puraan, Fantasy Eaters, South Pacific literature and Altering Imagination.

His forthcoming novel is a monumental work called Fiji Maa; Mother of a Thousand.

About the Book: Wild Flowers is a collection of short stories symbolising of a new beginning. Some of the stories were

originally published in 1988 as a small book, The Fantasy Eaters.

The first edition of the book brought together already published stories with a new novella added. In this form, The Fantasy Eaters has proven in the 25 years since its first publication, to have established many leading themes in Pacific writing generally, and to have made sense of life for the people who actually live in the Pacific, rather than merely visit it. Its stories of rural life, especially in Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second major island, depict the realities of poverty, intercultural communication, and family conflict.

These themes still dominate Wild Flowers, but Subramani’s additions shed new light on the reasons for his bleak outlook in the late 1970s and 1980s, and most surprisingly, the new materials frequently reveal a brittle humour that cracks just enough of the surface for us, as readers, to share in his ironic and humane storytelling, and the world he creates. Wild Flowers is a collection of old and new stories,

straddling the short story novella and re-confirming the Subramani is a leader in fiction writing.


Insights into Mughal India by Professor Sakul Kundra

About the Author: Dr Sakul Kundra is currently Assistant Professor of History at the Department of Social Science at the Fiji National University.

He has an M.A. degree from Hindu College, University Of Delhi, India and holds 2 Post Graduate Diplomas in journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, India.

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