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”

Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea

21 October 2020 Evelyn Ellerman Abstract For students and instructors at English-speaking, post-war, colonial universities, the literature curriculum had special significance: graduates of these institutions were expected not only to fill key positions in a new nation, but to write that nation into existence. Theirs would be the first histories, biographies, and literary texts ofContinue reading “Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea”

“Who Should you Write For?”: Competing Spheres of Print Culture Production in Colonial Papua New Guinea

21 October 2020 Evelyn Ellerman In 1970, the colonial administration of Papua and New Guinea (PNG)published a short article called “Courses for Writers” in the December issue of its literary journal, New Guinea Writing (NGW). The article consisted of two short paragraphs side-by-side underneath a photograph of a writer receiving a literary prize (Figure 1).Continue reading ““Who Should you Write For?”: Competing Spheres of Print Culture Production in Colonial Papua New Guinea”

Caroline Evari tells: ‘Nanu Sina’ came from deepest emotions

20 October 2020 LEIAO GEREGA | PNG Post-Courier PORT MORESBY – Imagine reading through a collection of poems only to find out that they were written throughout a decade by a young woman struggling through life. The 85-page book of poems mostly came as an extraction from a young writer’s Grades 11 and 12 schoolContinue reading “Caroline Evari tells: ‘Nanu Sina’ came from deepest emotions”

‘Tok-singsing’: Giving Back to PNG

20 October 2020 MICHAEL DOM “It is a home-grown literature that will amplify the creativity, culture and spirit of Papua New Guineans. But, lacking the required support, literature has not emerged in PNG as an influence capable of playing its vital role in education, in nation building or in people’s lives” – Keith Jackson AM, ‘The chasmContinue reading “‘Tok-singsing’: Giving Back to PNG”

Hurting after their divorce

20 October 2020 Liceanne Utah New Erima Primary School, NCD – SINCE Papua New Guinea is into this so called gender-based violence, no one cares about what’s going on in the minds of children when parents are separated or divorced.Family is all that matters to children. They wish that they would have a happy normalContinue reading “Hurting after their divorce”