sista-stanap-strong-coverSista, 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. The anthology is edited by Mikaela Nyman and Rebecca Tobo Olul-Hossen and you can listen to readings from the book here.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the anthology for 2500vt, please visit Sista office above Chuan Store Freswota, Port Vila to pick up your copy or email [email protected] to place your order. Thank you for your support!


The anthology Sista, Stanap Strong! is a community initiative driven by a five-member project team located across three countries: Vanuatu, Fiji, and New Zealand. The project team is grateful to Creative New Zealand and the publisher, Victoria University Press, for supporting our vision. A New Zealand High Commission grant enabled shipping of the books to Vanuatu and to make the launch event a reality. Sista, Vanuatu’s first feminist charitable organisation and online platform, is a key supporter of our vision.