Oi, Papua New Guinean writer! Write for the people of PNG

11 December 2016, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude PHIL FITZPATRICK FORTY-ONE years after independence in 1975 and Papua New Guinean literature is still in its infancy. It’s like a child that has never grown up. Or like one of those 20 year olds you occasionally see in primary school trying hard to learn toContinue reading “Oi, Papua New Guinean writer! Write for the people of PNG”

The lost creative writing generation of Papua New Guinea

9 December1 2016, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude PHIL FITZPATRICK IMAGINE a country with a talented pool of writers but no commercial publishers and virtually no bookshops. Add to that an indifferent government offering no support to those writers and even seeking to suppress what they write. And if you are thinking about someContinue reading “The lost creative writing generation of Papua New Guinea”

Understanding youth: a PNG novel with an engaging narrative

20 December 2016, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude BOOK REVIEW BY PHIL FITZPATRICK An Uncertain Future by James Thomas, Pukpuk Publications, 2016, ISBN: 978-1541143739, 124 pages, available from Amazon Books US$6.03 plus postage. A LONG time ago Sir Paulias Matane suggested that the best books for Papua New Guinea “should be small, simple andContinue reading “Understanding youth: a PNG novel with an engaging narrative”

NEW SHORT-STORY: The Army Patrol That Went Wrong

BY NALAU BINGEDING I grew up in Wagangluhu Village, along the banks of the Busoo River in the Bukawa area of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. As a kid the banks of Busoo River was the best place in the world for me. I could not think of another place in the world that couldContinue reading “NEW SHORT-STORY: The Army Patrol That Went Wrong”

The Great Mask Debate – To Wear or Not To Wear?

21 December 2020 PAINTING BY LABEN SAKALE JOHN AND WORDS BY GREGORY BABLIS Masks have always been important aspects of Papua New Guinean societies even in contemporary Papua New Guinea (PNG) with their ceremonial uses in singsings (traditional dances or festivals) and the more tourist-oriented festivals today. All regions of PNG had different types ofContinue reading “The Great Mask Debate – To Wear or Not To Wear?”

When culture & commerce clash – a new novel about PNG

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude, 14 December 2014 PHIL FITZPATRICK ‘The People of the Bird’ by Mike Jelliffe, Nenge Books, November 2014, paperback, 200 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-9925620-0-7, ebook ISBN-13: 978-0-9925620-1-4. Order online for $11 (plus postage) here  or email Nenge Books here THERE are two stories in Mike Jelliffe’s debut novel, The People of the Bird.Continue reading “When culture & commerce clash – a new novel about PNG”