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”

The Pain of Separation

21 October 2020 Liceanne Utah PORT MORESBY – Gender based violence is a big problem in Papua New Guinea and this includes what’s going on in the minds of these children when families are in conflict and there is separation or divorce. For most children, family is all that matters. When families split, all theseContinue reading “The Pain of Separation”

Kipilan’s Moka Exchange

21 October 2020 Jeremiah Munini PORT MORESBY – Kipilan, a leader of the Yanarian people near Wabag in Enga Province, was born in Tambori village, in the 1920s. Three months before Papua New Guinea’s independence on 16 September 1975, he went to Port Moresby to record the story of his life in the Enga languageContinue reading “Kipilan’s Moka Exchange”

Advice to PNG Writer’s

21 October 2020 Dr. Evelyn Ellerman Congratulations on this new venture! It’s a funny thing about national literatures. It seems as though they find their own time to blossom. Like Papua Niuguineans, I live in a former colony, Canada. Different circumstances, but many of the same challenges. We achieved our political independence in 1867, butContinue reading “Advice to PNG Writer’s”

Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea

21 October 2020 Evelyn Ellerman Abstract For students and instructors at English-speaking, post-war, colonial universities, the literature curriculum had special significance: graduates of these institutions were expected not only to fill key positions in a new nation, but to write that nation into existence. Theirs would be the first histories, biographies, and literary texts ofContinue reading “Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea”

“Who Should you Write For?”: Competing Spheres of Print Culture Production in Colonial Papua New Guinea

21 October 2020 Evelyn Ellerman In 1970, the colonial administration of Papua and New Guinea (PNG)published a short article called “Courses for Writers” in the December issue of its literary journal, New Guinea Writing (NGW). The article consisted of two short paragraphs side-by-side underneath a photograph of a writer receiving a literary prize (Figure 1).Continue reading ““Who Should you Write For?”: Competing Spheres of Print Culture Production in Colonial Papua New Guinea”