Michelle Rooney short-listed for book award

By KEITH JACKSON – posted on PNG Attitude Blog MELBOURNE – Michelle Nayahamui Rooney – a dual Papua New Guinea-Australia citizen of Manus heritage – is one of 10 shortlisted writers in contention for the 2022 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. The annual award is given by Writers Victoria to an Australian writer for a proposedContinue reading “Michelle Rooney short-listed for book award”

The taxing art of translation

By BAKA BINA – PNG Aittitude blog PORT MORESBY – I recently submitted a short story of mine to the Commonwealth Writers competition. It was written in Tok Pisin and I had translated it into English. Ino long taim igo pinis, mi salim wanpela hap stori igo long Komonwelt Raitin Resis long ples bilong MisisContinue reading “The taxing art of translation”

Tok Pisin: A language on history’s march

By CHRIS OVERLAND – PNG Attitude Blog ADELAIDE – The article by Baka Bina, ‘The Taxing Art of Translation’, has recently stimulated much comment and discussion in PNG Attitude. Accomplished writers like Michael Dom, Daniel Kumbon, Phil Fitzpatrick and others have offered their own insights and perspectives on the problems inherent in translating Tok Pisin intoContinue reading “Tok Pisin: A language on history’s march”

Narokobi: The man who knew what might have been

By JEAN ZORN – PNG Attitude Blog NEW YORK – Bernard Narokobi, who died in March 2010 at the age of 72 after a short illness, was a political and jurisprudential philosopher of great seriousness and stature. That makes my memories of his irrepressible irreverence especially sweet. One such memory: Bernard taking his afternoon napContinue reading “Narokobi: The man who knew what might have been”

Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize: (3) Ol PNG raita i kirap bek gen

Vernacular traces in the Crocodile Prize: (3) The PNG Writers Rise Again An essay in five parts BY MICHAEL DOM WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS BY ED BRUMBY Taim 2014 Crocodile Prize Nesenol Litereri Kompetisen ikirap gen (em igo bek gen long han bilong Keith Jackson na Phil Fitzpatrick) ol raita i pinisim bikpela wokmak tru olsemContinue reading “Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize: (3) Ol PNG raita i kirap bek gen”

Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize – Namba 2

“Vernacular traces in the Crocodile Prize – Part 2” An essay in five parts BY MICHAEL DOM WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS BY ED BRUMBY 2. Wanwan i raitim tok-singsing na tanim tok Long kirap bilong Crocodile Prize Nesenol Litireri Kompetisen long 2011 nambawan taim we hanmak bilong wanpela poet i kamap long Tok Ples em longContinue reading “Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize – Namba 2”

The god of truth is dead so speak your own

Michael Dom The truth does not belong to you, my dear, It lives and breathes inside us all. And what You say is yours to speak, for which you dare Force us to share, when a fraction of it Does not compute the sum of nor compare To the fullness of life, where each remitsContinue reading “The god of truth is dead so speak your own”

Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize

“Vernacular traces in the Crocodile Prize” An essay in five parts BY MICHAEL DOM WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS BY ED BRUMBY 1. Maski salim tingting. Kirapim gen LONG 2010, Keith Jackson AM na Philip Fitzpatrick, ibin kirapim tingting long kamapim nesenol literari kompetisen – Crocodile Prize. Mipela sampela man meri ibin raitim toktok igo ikam wantaimContinue reading “Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize”

A book about the challenges of our time

By CAROLINE EVARI – PNG Attitude Blog When the River Destroys by Samantha Kusari, Pukpuk Publications, 2015, 104 pages. ISBN 1517034299. Kindle $US0.92, Paperback $US5.38. Order here from Amazon or contact Samantha by email here PORT MORESBY – Caroline Evari interviews writer Samantha Kusari about her story of a young boy growing up in a village in the EasternContinue reading “A book about the challenges of our time”