Cleaning up school funding could boost literature

10 February 2021 AG SATORI PORT MORESBY – I’ve been investigating the operation of the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) process in Papua New Guinea and whether it is doing the best it can for schools. And also whether it might be better structured to do more to support education and, in doing that, to supportContinue reading “Cleaning up school funding could boost literature”

PM offers wise words. What’s next?

09 February 2021 AG SATORI PORT MORESBY – The other day Papua New Guinea prime minister James Marape offered the children – and adults – of our country some true words of wisdom. What the prime minister extolled in his message, however, is followed today by very few parents and their children. In the image accompanyingContinue reading “PM offers wise words. What’s next?”

Second book blues, but after that it’s easy

09 April 2021 PHILIP FITZPATRICK TUMBY BAY – Writing the first book is hard but believe me it’s the second one that is really challenging, especially if the first has been a success. In that second book you have to live up to the expectations you created with the first one. You can’t write theContinue reading “Second book blues, but after that it’s easy”

Nenge – small publisher with big prospects

11 December 2020 KEITH JACKSON NOOSA – Nenge Books is a small Australian business based in Coramba near Coffs Harbour, NSW, which publishes independent authors and is the brainchild of a man with strong roots in Papua New Guinea. The company was established by author Mike Jelliffe to publish his own writing and has expandedContinue reading “Nenge – small publisher with big prospects”

Libraries can provide new lakatois to sail

PLES SINGSING MASTERMINDS Henry Ipoki is a mature age student at Sacred Heart Secondary School in Tapini. Last year Henry was one of the first entrants for the Ples Singsing Tingting Bilong Mi Essay competition. His essay was hand-written, faxed to someone in Port Moresby who then took pictures and emailed us the JPEG imagesContinue reading “Libraries can provide new lakatois to sail”

How to avoid leaving behind PNG’s 85%

19 July 2021 STEPHEN CHARTERIS “People build their nation and transform their society by being active creators, observers and participants inside it” – Michael Dom, ‘Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution‘, 17 July 2021 CAIRNS – That is a statement to agree with. If we look at most cities and towns in Papua New Guinea,Continue reading “How to avoid leaving behind PNG’s 85%”

Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution

17 July 2021 MICHAEL DOM LAE – How do we return Papua Niugini to a culture of Melanesian cooperation and how can the common people make those in power behave responsibly? According to the evolutionary perspective, the birthplace of democracy was the tribe. Indeed, tribalism is sometimes referred to as ‘primitive democracy’. I believe myContinue reading “Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution”

Writing in PNG: Kovave & beyond

13 July 2021 EVELYN ELLERMAN In this second extract from ‘Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea’, Evelyn Ellerman writes of the emergence of student writers at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1967, which led to the development of a home-grown Papua New Guinean literature. Her paper was part of theContinue reading “Writing in PNG: Kovave & beyond”

How PNG’s first literary blossoming arrived

12 July 2021 EVELYN ELLERMAN In this extract from ‘Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea’, Evelyn Ellerman writes of the establishment of the Literature Department at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1967, which led directly to the development of the first shoots of a home-grown Papua New Guinean literature. HerContinue reading “How PNG’s first literary blossoming arrived”

A brief history of PNG literature, Part 2

12 July 2021 PHILIP FITZPATRICK TUMBY BAY – It wasn’t until 1977 that a Papua New Guinean novel appeared that was targeted at Papua New Guinean readers, Russell Soaba’s Wanpis. Wanpis (Tok Pisin for a person who is lonely or alone, like an orphan) is about identity and displays an angst that is quintessentially Papua New Guinean. SomeContinue reading “A brief history of PNG literature, Part 2”