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 We are looking for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words).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”

Post-hoc poem dedication to Francis Sina Nii

Yesterday we dreamed MICHAEL DOM Ten years ago on September 15 the inaugural Crocodile Prize awards ceremony was held at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby. That was the first time I met Francis. Ples Singsing is inspired by his selfless example as a senior writer, poet, essayist, editor and publisher who helped manyContinue reading “Post-hoc poem dedication to Francis Sina Nii”

Wishing Happy 46th Independence Celebrations

JULIUS JETHRO Papua New Guinea A Nation of thousand tribes A nation of nations United Papua New Guinea In Unity, a nation is built With trust, late Sir Grand Chief was entrusted To take this land from Colonizers And name it the Beloved Papua New Guinea So these children can call it the home EvenContinue reading “Wishing Happy 46th Independence Celebrations”

Poem for the 46th Anniversity of Independence

ISSABELLE VILAU Thousands By Thousands we are Hundreds of Islands scattered across, the silky blue surface of the Pacific Ocean Mountain ranges stood tall and proud like a King Crowned with rare jewel of untouched virgin forests and Clothed with the royal robe of endemic flora and fauna By Thousands we are Tribes sparsely scatteredContinue reading “Poem for the 46th Anniversity of Independence”

An interview with wayfinding poetess Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i

MICHAEL DOM MY GRANDFATHER IS A CANOE was published in July of this year and is the first solo book by Samoan wayfinding poetess Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i, published under Flying Geese Pro. Felolini’s very first appearance as a poet in print was in ‘Fika – a fictional body of new writing by First DraftContinue reading “An interview with wayfinding poetess Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i”

The Growth of Papua New Guinea Literature

Kesia Erick Artists have always played an important role in societies, both traditional and modern. The works of one kind of artist are collectively known as literature. Every society, culture, country has its own literary tradition and its own collection of literature. Thus, we can speak and read of American Literature, English Literature, Australian LiteratureContinue reading “The Growth of Papua New Guinea Literature”