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The University of the South Pacific revealed their new publishing arm, USP Press yesterday with the release of five new books at the Oceania Centre for Arts Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS).
Titles among the five books included ‘Trees of Life’ by Professor Randy Thaman et al, ‘Mystery Islands’ by Tom Koppel and ‘Ancestry’ by Albert Wendt.
Ancestry and Mystery Islands were winners of USP Press Prizes awarded last year succeeding in an international competition.
The USP Press was instigated by Professor Vilsoni Hereniko, director of OCACPS.
“By launching USP Press, the university has signaled its intent to provide an opportunity for local, regional and international authors and create a source for readers of all types who are interested in Pacific themed subjects,” Professor Hereniko said.
USP Press intends to offer a digital catalogue inorder to distribute their contents around the world. A necessary step for the success of USP Press, according to the managing editor of the Press, Mr Griffiths: “Creating a digital outlet for our content is vital to the growth, success, and credibility of USP Press.”
After the formal procedure Professor Hereniko invited some of the dance company from the centre to enthrall the audience with two polar dances both equally stunning and awe-inspiring.
The first dance was the Tsunami bird; this dance tells the horrific tale of how the birds watched on as a tsunami wreaked devastation over a village. Glenville Lord, who was spectacularly clad as a bird, described the dance as: “a dark and sad tale”.
The second dance they performed was one of excitement and it invited the audience to get involved. Titled ‘Tape Tape’- clap clap: The dancers described this one as: “one for everyone to enjoy and clap along with.”
Described as a site of creativity and Academic research; aptly named from the spectacular books with there creative and insightful content to the awe inspiring dancing.