A Papua Niuginian Novelette – Zac Efrongawi Visits Papua Niugini

05 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS Riding in an old dugout canoe with a single outboard motor, Efrongawi is jokingly cautioned by his guide to keep his limbs and phalange’s well inside the confines of the vessel lest the crocodiles snap at him. “Keeping his head in the game” and his limbs in the canoe, EfrongainduContinue reading “A Papua Niuginian Novelette – Zac Efrongawi Visits Papua Niugini”

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”

Where Am I From?

23 October 2020 GREGORY BABLIS A poem about identity and unity and the thingsthat make us different yet interlink us I am from land,          from river, sea and mountain.I am from valley and volcano,          from chilly mountain breeze and steaming lava.I am from mother, father, uncle and aunty,          proud in traditions, passed through generations.I amContinue reading “Where Am I From?”

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”

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”