An hour by the Kepesia  Rocky Beach

By Alphonse M Huvi I see the sea shore washed away like the bulldozer clearing the land I watched in agony as the treasured trees nearby were washed away like logging taking place Like a marbles clanging against each other, the pebbles rejoiced over the splashing salt water Sea waves rushing towards the land likeContinue reading An hour by the Kepesia  Rocky Beach

Two poems from Telly Orekavala

Too much freedom stings Freedom is a human need It gives us our rights The right to live Freedom of speech Freedom of Association Freedom of movement But also the right to abuse it Too much freedom stings Man talk about it Man sing about it Man dream about it When freedom is deprived PeopleContinue reading “Two poems from Telly Orekavala”

Tok Pisin first for Commonwealth story prize

By EMMA D’COSTA – posted on PNG Attitude blog| Commonwealth Foundation LONDON, UK – Guyanese writer Fred D’Aguiar will chair an international panel of judges for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which is now open to 1 November 2021. And for the first time the prize – offering a first prize of K24,000 –Continue reading “Tok Pisin first for Commonwealth story prize”

Roads of Scars

BY FIDELMA SAEVARU Like words on a blank white page They stretch across my once clean pad Extending upward, sideways and in random arrays Some large, others so tiny you cannot trace Intersecting at certain junctions Avoiding corners and mere dead ends. Junctions of betrayal, Cross roads of pain, Drains of hurt, Potholes of depression.Continue reading “Roads of Scars”

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?”

Commonwealth Writers story prize opens

By EMMA D’COSTA – posted on PNG Attitude blog| Commonwealth Writers LONDON – Submissions are now open for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Writers can submit entries until midnight on 1 November 2021. We are looking for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words). There is no entry fee and the prize isContinue reading “Commonwealth Writers story prize opens”

“If “Tok Pisin is the language expression of our lifestyle and our intermingled cultures” then what does this language say about us as a people”

Tok Pisin and Tok Ples as languages of identification in Papua New Guinea PHILLIP CASS Cass, P. (1999) Tok pisin and tok ples as languages of identification in Papua New Guinea. Media Development, 4; pp. 28-33. After the Second World War missions in Papua New Guinea faced new imperatives driven by the reaction of theContinue reading ““If “Tok Pisin is the language expression of our lifestyle and our intermingled cultures” then what does this language say about us as a people””

We stand in unity

BY JOSEPH TAMBURE Brothers, sisters and colleagues From highlands, coastals, islands and swamps In 22 provinces and 180 dialects When a matter of national interest We stand upright in unity We showcase our national colors each year With 180 rhythms display our love of unity Blue mountains to shining coast across islands A sense ofContinue reading “We stand in unity”