Where Am I From?

23 October 2020 GREGORY BABLIS A poem about identity and unity and the thingsthat make us different yet interlink us I am from land,          from river, sea and mountain.I am from valley and volcano,          from chilly mountain breeze and steaming lava.I am from mother, father, uncle and aunty,          proud in traditions, passed through generations.I amContinue reading “Where Am I From?”

Salim Tingting Long Saksak

23 October 2020 MICHAEL DOM Em saksak tasol ia Bilas bilong doti wara Diwai bilong en igat nilnil Emi sut olsem supia Tasol taim em i silip Putim tamiok long mit Bai wara kamautim gris kaikai Em saksak tasol ia Olomania, tumbuna pukpuk Ating em i driman gut tru Long lukim meri Sepik Bilas bilongContinue reading “Salim Tingting Long Saksak”

Sixteen Powerful & Inspirational Papua New Guinean Women

23 October 2020 BETTY WAKIA DESPITE domestic violence, gender inequality and other challenging issues, Papua New Guinea has produced many powerful and inspirational women of real accomplishment. The next International Women’s Day on 8 March (2017) will be a wonderful opportunity to honour these heroes and, with the assistance of PNG Attitude and Pukpuk Publications, the collectionContinue reading “Sixteen Powerful & Inspirational Papua New Guinean Women”

A Sad Tale of Two Brothers

23 October 2020 GREGORY BABLIS “Ati”. He walked on at his elder brother’s beckoning. It was not even 5 am yet crimson embers of solar rays were already piercing the night sky. Wisps of funneled air consistently thrashed violently against their bodies as Atilius crumpled his face and tilted his head away from the tear-jerkingContinue reading “A Sad Tale of Two Brothers”

The paradox of the alienation and preservation of culture

22 October 2020 JOHN KAUPA KAMASUA CHANGE is an inevitable threat to art and culture in Melanesia. And change is constant in the universe. Art and culture is formed from belief systems, ways of viewing the world, making things (material culture) that are either inherited or part of contemporary life. And it is the activeContinue reading “The paradox of the alienation and preservation of culture”

A Good Plan for PNG Literature

22 October 2020 PHILIP FITZPATRICK TUMBY BAY – Someday soon perhaps, Papua New Guinean prime minister James Marape will put away his golf clubs and meet with a delegation of writers. These writers, twice stood up by Mr Marape already, are hoping to present him with a petition calling for the PNG government to supportContinue reading “A Good Plan for PNG Literature”

Breaking Barriers in PNG: Caroline Evari

22 October 2020 For International Women’s Day 2020, we’re getting to know the pioneering women across the Pacific and Papua New Guinea who are breaking barriers and creating change for the decade ahead. Caroline Evari began writing at the age of six. She is now the author of 28 children’s books and has published herContinue reading “Breaking Barriers in PNG: Caroline Evari”

See Here These Loose Threads

22 October 2020 MICHAEL THEOPHILUS DOM An entry in the Crocodile PrizeKina Securities Award for Poetry See here these loose threads, See how I hold them in my hands And how I roll them on my thigh? Tired and wrinkled they both are, My hands and thighs, But still strong enough For this work andContinue reading “See Here These Loose Threads”

Compensation for freelance artists in Papua New Guinea during COVID-19

22 October 2020 PNG Coalition of Freelance Artists Compensation for freelance artists and cultural and creative workers following the closure of licensed venues and ban on gatherings of over 50 persons (COVID-19) We the undersigned freelance artists and cultural and creative workers in Papua New Guinea are calling on the Controller David Manning, MBE, DPS,Continue reading “Compensation for freelance artists in Papua New Guinea during COVID-19”