Latasha Akane’s reflection on the TBM Essay Competition

by Latasha Lalaah Akane Writing is a personal hobby of mine and something I am passionate about. Many who know me, also know how I can NEVER keep anything short , and that I willingly offer to compile all group assignments, edit people’s work, proof read and etc, simply because I find pleasure in writingContinue reading “Latasha Akane’s reflection on the TBM Essay Competition”

Of writers, publishers & self-publishers

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 26 February 2020, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude TUMBY BAY – Herman Melville (1819-91) published his famous novel, ‘Moby Dick’, in 1851. Sales were very slow. The novel was out of print during the last four years of his life, having sold 2,300 copies in its first 18 months and anContinue reading “Of writers, publishers & self-publishers”

The funny business of editing

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 11 October 2019, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude TUMBY BAY – I like reading autobiographies and biographies, especially those relating to writers. I recently finished reading a biography of Joseph Heller, the American author of several novels, including the famous Catch 22. In the process I discovered that Heller was influencedContinue reading “The funny business of editing”

Why we need to write – it’s a pathway to success

By SIMON DAVIDSON – 08 June 2019, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude SONOMA – We need to write to develop our mind, generate new ideas and clarify our thinking. Yet the reality is that it’s hard being a writer. Literary work is not jolly work. Literary success comes on the back of hard workContinue reading “Why we need to write – it’s a pathway to success”

Want to publish? You can but here’s the truth behind the scenes

By FRANCIS NII – 25 March 2019, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude KUNDIAWA – I feel that it is important for me to share my experience of book publishing with authors and would-be authors to give them insights into book publication so they can make informed decisions to find the best and cheapest onlineContinue reading “Want to publish? You can but here’s the truth behind the scenes”

What an average reader wants to see in a published work

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 01 November 2018, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude TUMBY BAY – Baka Bina made an interesting request following my recent article about the British author Alexander McCall Smith. He said, “You have written about the pitfalls of publishing before and I would like to ask if you can re-state whatContinue reading “What an average reader wants to see in a published work”

Alexander McCall Smith – role model for the humble writer

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 28 October 2018, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude TUMBY BAY – When I published the first of my Inspector Metaubooks about an elderly but shrewd policeman in Port Moresby, a couple of reviewers obliquely compared it to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. I had vaguely heard ofContinue reading “Alexander McCall Smith – role model for the humble writer”

Indigenous literature and academic elitism in PNG

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 30 August 2018, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude TUMBY BAY – In countries with a written literary tradition, especially in the western world, the publication of books has been largely accomplished outside government. In those places, book publishing has and continues to be mainly a capitalist enterprise. Artistic and philosophicalContinue reading “Indigenous literature and academic elitism in PNG”

PNG govt alert! Our literature could help us get to Vision 50

By DANIEL KUMBON – 28 February 2018, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude WABAG – An assignment given to first year trainees at Enga Teachers College on literature and its importance for primary school children, prompts me to reflect on a recent literary tour of Australia I undertook with three colleagues. I wondered if teachersContinue reading “PNG govt alert! Our literature could help us get to Vision 50”