Second book blues, but after that it’s easy

09 April 2021 PHILIP FITZPATRICK TUMBY BAY – Writing the first book is hard but believe me it’s the second one that is really challenging, especially if the first has been a success. In that second book you have to live up to the expectations you created with the first one. You can’t write theContinue reading “Second book blues, but after that it’s easy”

Nenge – small publisher with big prospects

11 December 2020 KEITH JACKSON NOOSA – Nenge Books is a small Australian business based in Coramba near Coffs Harbour, NSW, which publishes independent authors and is the brainchild of a man with strong roots in Papua New Guinea. The company was established by author Mike Jelliffe to publish his own writing and has expandedContinue reading “Nenge – small publisher with big prospects”

Libraries can provide new lakatois to sail

PLES SINGSING MASTERMINDS Henry Ipoki is a mature age student at Sacred Heart Secondary School in Tapini. Last year Henry was one of the first entrants for the Ples Singsing Tingting Bilong Mi Essay competition. His essay was hand-written, faxed to someone in Port Moresby who then took pictures and emailed us the JPEG imagesContinue reading “Libraries can provide new lakatois to sail”

BRIDE PRICE?

By Lorna Saguba ‘Bride Price’ Is your WORD, your DEFINITION! Not our Language, Your perception, Instilled in our people, Twisted our reactions, Sold as our TRUTH, And yet, ‘Bride price’ is not our Word, our Language. About UN-CHERISHED lives. Your Perception. ‘GIFT’ Is our WORD, Our DEFINITION! Our Language, Our perception, In realizing GAIN andContinue reading “BRIDE PRICE?”

Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution

17 July 2021 MICHAEL DOM LAE – How do we return Papua Niugini to a culture of Melanesian cooperation and how can the common people make those in power behave responsibly? According to the evolutionary perspective, the birthplace of democracy was the tribe. Indeed, tribalism is sometimes referred to as ‘primitive democracy’. I believe myContinue reading “Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution”

Writing in PNG: Kovave & beyond

13 July 2021 EVELYN ELLERMAN In this second extract from ‘Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea’, Evelyn Ellerman writes of the emergence of student writers at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1967, which led to the development of a home-grown Papua New Guinean literature. Her paper was part of theContinue reading “Writing in PNG: Kovave & beyond”

How PNG’s first literary blossoming arrived

12 July 2021 EVELYN ELLERMAN In this extract from ‘Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea’, Evelyn Ellerman writes of the establishment of the Literature Department at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1967, which led directly to the development of the first shoots of a home-grown Papua New Guinean literature. HerContinue reading “How PNG’s first literary blossoming arrived”

A brief history of PNG literature, Part 2

12 July 2021 PHILIP FITZPATRICK TUMBY BAY – It wasn’t until 1977 that a Papua New Guinean novel appeared that was targeted at Papua New Guinean readers, Russell Soaba’s Wanpis. Wanpis (Tok Pisin for a person who is lonely or alone, like an orphan) is about identity and displays an angst that is quintessentially Papua New Guinean. SomeContinue reading “A brief history of PNG literature, Part 2”

A brief history of PNG literature, Part 1

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude, 11 July 2021 PHILIP FITZPATRICK TUMBY BAY – Papua New Guinea has a rich tradition of oral literature which exists to this day. Vincent Eri’s work of 1970, The Crocodile, was the first novel by a Papua New Guinean, but it seems likely that the first book written by a PapuaContinue reading “A brief history of PNG literature, Part 1”

Our young poets are ‘the hopes that we bear in spite’

MICHAEL DOM “Remote models require assimilation. You can learn from the past with little risk of merely aping it as you might ape your contemporaries, or the generation just before your own. A young poet impatient with the assumptions and styles of the present might look for springboards and encouragements in another time.” Robert PinskyContinue reading “Our young poets are ‘the hopes that we bear in spite’”