Art and Creativity in Papua New Guinea with Dr. Michael Mel

03 NOVEMBER 2020 The Art Show with Namila Benson ABC National Radio Broadcast on Wed 16 Sep 2020, 10:05 am To mark 45 years of Independence for Papua New Guinea, we explore the role that art has played in the country’s development and engagement with Australia since 1975. We speak with performance artist, curator, andContinue reading “Art and Creativity in Papua New Guinea with Dr. Michael Mel”

Mr Marape – We’re Still Trying to Meet

CAROLINE EVARI PORT MORESBY – To try to get a high level discussion underway on Papua New Guinea literature, we’ve tried on two occasions to meet with Prime Minister James Marape. The first time was on Wednesday 22 January after we received information that Mr Marape was willing to meet Betty Wakia , Daniel KumbonContinue reading “Mr Marape – We’re Still Trying to Meet”

A Project For Our Children

03 NOVEMBER 2020 DANIEL KUMBON PORT MORESBY – During one of our meetings to prepare for our much hoped for presentation to prime minister James Marape, writer Caroline Evari’s two young children joined us. I don’t know what they thought of their mother, Betty Wakia and I working on our letter to Mr Marape but,Continue reading “A Project For Our Children”

Review by Martyn Namorong – The Voice of Michael Dom: Political, Powerful, Connected

REVIEW BY MARTYN NAMORONG AND OTHER READERS 02 NOVEMBER 2020 O Arise!: Poems on Papua New Guinea’s Politics & Society by Michael Dom, 54 pp. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 2015. ISBN-10: 1512039381. Available in hardcopy from Amazon, $5.40 WHAT is a Papua New Guinean writer but a warrior continuing the proud traditions of their ancestors,Continue reading “Review by Martyn Namorong – The Voice of Michael Dom: Political, Powerful, Connected”

The Warriors Who Had No Name

01 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS The Ben Moide Story: Nameless Warriors by Lahui Ako, University of Papua New Guinea Press, 2012, 246 pages. ISBN 9980869577. Order online or purchase from the UPNG Press & Bookshop, Port Moresby. PORT MORESBY – Ben Moide was one of the youngest members of the Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB), a unitContinue reading “The Warriors Who Had No Name”

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”

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”

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”