Baka Bina shortlisted for major literary prize

KEITH JACKSON – posted on PNG Attitude Blog NOOSA – Baka Bina has become the first author from Papua New Guinea to be shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The Prize is awarded annually for the best piece of unpublished short fiction from any of the Commonwealth’s 54 member states. Baka’s story, ‘Wonem SamtingContinue reading “Baka Bina shortlisted for major literary prize”

No magic in writing; it’s the spirit within

SIMON DAVIDSON – PNG Attitude Blog PORT MORESBY – The act of writing is daring and magical as it summons inner courage, latent creativity and sparkling intelligence to form a universe of words. It is a bold act to put words on a blank page, and then to share them. It is unnerving especially forContinue reading “No magic in writing; it’s the spirit within”

PNG students turn to TikTok to breathe new life into native tongue as country’s traditional languages die out

By Hilda Wayne and Jordan Fennell – Pacific Beat on ABC News Papua New Guinea is home to more than 850 native languages that are said to be dying with each generation. But two university students are working to change that. Emily Papa and Lisamarie Wia, both in their final year of study at the University of PNG,Continue reading “PNG students turn to TikTok to breathe new life into native tongue as country’s traditional languages die out”

Mutiny that saved PNG: Singirok’s new book

RAE KATAHA SMART – posted on PNG Attitude Blog A Matter of Conscience: Operation Rausim Kwik by Major-General Jerry Singirok, Partridge Publishing, Singapore, February 2022, 636 pages. Available from Amazon: hardcover $100, paperback $72.95 or email Rae Smart here for more information TEWANTIN QLD – At last the book by Major-General Jerry Singirok on the Bougainville conflict and theContinue reading “Mutiny that saved PNG: Singirok’s new book”

Write a book: It will live longer than you

JUSTIN KUNDALIN – posted on PNG Attitude Blog KANDEP – I believe in books. In fact I’m planning to write a book called ‘Books Live Longer than Man’. When people write a book, they speak to people through its pages. But sadly, many people don’t have the guts to put in the pages of a bookContinue reading “Write a book: It will live longer than you”

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”

Galas-lukluk igat hapsait istap

Michael Dom (Tok Pisin translation) Wanpela taim mi laik opim maus long toktok Mi harim tokples mi nogat save long en Mi igo long waswas haus na lukim mi iet Long galas-lukluk i soim skai antap tu Mi hamamas long lukim pes bliong mi iet Na mekim nek olsem, “Oh emi yu tasol, Mi tingContinue reading “Galas-lukluk igat hapsait istap”

Sonet bilong pasin na save (raitim long Lindsay F Bond)

Michael Dom (Tok Pisin translation) Kompas bilong makim rot emi hangamap Long pinga bilong han ibin brukim banis Em han bilong tewel mi iet haitim istap Tewel save soim tit long mi long driman Klaut tutak bilong em mekim sikin i kol Taim mi sanap long dua na galasim em Kompas emi hangamap klostu truContinue reading “Sonet bilong pasin na save (raitim long Lindsay F Bond)”

Young Papua New Guineans use Tik Tok to teach and preserve their language

By Hilda Wayne, Jordan Fennell on Pacific Beat – ABC News Social media is often blamed for eroding traditional culture but two sisters, Lisa Marie and Emma Papa, are flipping the script. They’re using Tik Tok to teach their native Enga dialect and have found that people are excited to learn. “We’re starting off withContinue reading “Young Papua New Guineans use Tik Tok to teach and preserve their language”

Writing success not measured by money (but it helps)

PHILIP FITZPATRICK – posted on PNG Attitude Blog TUMBY BAY – If you want to about the art and demands of writing, then dipping into the autobiographies of successful writers, past and present, is a good way to go. At present I’m working my way through the two volumes, 1,000 plus pages, of Nicholas Monsarrat’sContinue reading “Writing success not measured by money (but it helps)”