Young writers elevated to an unknown future

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – posted on PNG Attitude Blog Tingting Bilong Mi: 2020 Essay Competition edited by Michael Dom & Ed Brumby, Pukpuk Publications (May 2022), 195 pages. $1.00. Kindle edition available from Amazon Books TUMBY BAY – I’ve got a confession to make, I like reading Papua New Guinean literature. I’ve probably learnt more about theContinue reading “Young writers elevated to an unknown future”

Of Building Blocks, Library Shelves, and a Country’s Soul

Maebh Long IN THE WINNING ESSAY of the Tingting Bilong Mi 2020 essay competition, Illeana Dom brings her readers into her old school library. As she walks us past the library shelves, she points out absence: the lack of new works by PNG authors in the non-fiction section, and in the fiction section, the difficultyContinue reading “Of Building Blocks, Library Shelves, and a Country’s Soul”

Asking if Papua New Guineans write is the wrong question

“Askim sapos ol Papua Niuginian’s isave rait emi rong askim” [Tok Pisin translations] MICHAEL DOM IT WAS MY IMPRESSION that one of the questions bothering Philip Fitzpatrick around 2010, on his ruminations about his once adopted home was that, if Papua New Guineans are writing, then where is the published evidence? LONG LUKSAVE-TINGTING BILONG MIContinue reading “Asking if Papua New Guineans write is the wrong question”

Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize – Namba 2

“Vernacular traces in the Crocodile Prize – Part 2” An essay in five parts BY MICHAEL DOM WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS BY ED BRUMBY 2. Wanwan i raitim tok-singsing na tanim tok Long kirap bilong Crocodile Prize Nesenol Litireri Kompetisen long 2011 nambawan taim we hanmak bilong wanpela poet i kamap long Tok Ples em longContinue reading “Painim liklik mak bilong tokples long Crocodile Prize – Namba 2”

Long wanem as tru na yumi itambuim tokples long skul?

BY MICHAEL DOM Authors note: This is an unedited essay which is being posted now because of the current feature on language loss in our country. While the text could certainly benefit from a good editor, those folks are hard to come by, harder to convince, and probably demand hard currency. What’s more, since IContinue reading “Long wanem as tru na yumi itambuim tokples long skul?”

Why we need to write – it’s a pathway to success

By SIMON DAVIDSON – 08 June 2019, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude SONOMA – We need to write to develop our mind, generate new ideas and clarify our thinking. Yet the reality is that it’s hard being a writer. Literary work is not jolly work. Literary success comes on the back of hard workContinue reading “Why we need to write – it’s a pathway to success”