Award ceremony of Gordon Graham Prize held


Dimapur, April 10: The first award ceremony of Gordon Graham Prize for Naga literature was held at Hotel Vivor on April 9. The Gordon Graham prize for Naga Literature was launched in 2018 to promote good writing, to raise the profile of Naga writers and to encourage reading and writing within the Naga community. It aims at recognizing and rewarding the knowledge-keepers and idea-givers of Naga society.
Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio speaking at the event said that such initiatives will help promote good writing, recognizing and rewarding the knowledge-keeper and idea-givers of Naga society. He added that the award will also encourage reading and writing within the Naga community as reading books opens the horizons of thinking and knowledge.
He opined that youths need to imbibe the reading culture to open their minds to all that is possible with learning and knowledge. He hopes the award given to the worthy winners will open gates of knowledge and produce more promising young writers towards excellence in our State.
Lauding the Kohima Educational Society, he said the award is a true tribute to Gordon Graham for his effort towards helping the cause of education and excellence among the Naga youths and society.
Sylvia May, daughter of Gordon Graham, said that Gordon Graham was a writer his entire life as for him the written word was everything. She added that he was a classic scholar, who understood the importance of the origin of words and their usage and that this thoughts took him to the many Naga languages and the difficulty of inter tribe communication.
She stated that, Kohima Educational Trust was the idea of Gordon Graham, and the one to which he was most committed to. May opined that her father never spoke much about the war during his life, but thought of the Naga’s had stayed with him all that time. May added that in 2004, on the 60th Anniversary of the battle, he along with several other fellow veterans founded the Educational trust designed to help and assist with educational need for young Naga’s.
The 1st Gordon Graham prize for Naga Literature was awarded to Dr. Easterine Kire in fiction category called, “When the river sleeps’ and Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa for his book ‘Forgiveness and Politics: A Critical Appraisal’ in non-fiction category.
The Gordon Graham award has two categories, one for works of fiction and for non-fiction. The submitted book should be a minimum of 150 pages. The award is given for each of the chosen categories and will receive Rs 1 lakh each and a certificate.
For the award, last date of submission of entries is June 15, 2019 and the shortlist will be announced in August, 2019. Winners will be announced in November, 2019 with the award ceremony to be held in December during Hornbill Festival. Candidates must submit four copies of the printed book plus one digital soft copy. Candidates are also to submit a 1000-2000 word abstract and submit along with the entry form. (Page News Service)