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”

Porugl: Son of the Underworld

Book Review Phil Fitzpatrick Porugl: Son of the Underworld by Kamnguru Nem, Independently published, 183 pages, ISBN: 9798520442332. Available from Amazon Australia, ebook $25.94, paperback $42.83. A gigl ambu is a female spirit who lives in the underworld and travels into the outerworld, where humans live, to secretly forage for food at night. The underworldContinue reading “Porugl: Son of the Underworld”

BOOK REVIEW: A record explained, or rationalised?

MICHAEL KABUNI| Academia Nomad | Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude 07 May 2021 Sir Julius Chan: Playing the Game: Life and Politics in Papua New Guinea PORT MORESBY – As MP for Namatanai, Julius Chan was one of the founding fathers of Papua New Guinea, twice serving as prime minister (1980– 82 and 1994-97) and currentlyContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: A record explained, or rationalised?”

Sana: The making of a great man

DIANE HIRIMA & MINETTA KAKAREREAcademia Nomad | Edited posted 4th May 2021 on PNG Attitude Michael Somare: Sana, An Autobiography PORT MORESBY – Sana was first published in 1975, the year of Papua New Guinea’s independence. It traces Sir Michael Somare life from childhood to politics and his leading PNG to nationhood. Sana (peacemaker) is a metaphor for aContinue reading “Sana: The making of a great man”

The Rise of the NEW PNG WRITERS

By Shane Baiva Young PNG AUTHORS like Glen Burua, Edward E Isouve, Gerard William Ivalaoa and Nigel V Sine are rising to leave a mark for this Generation & Generations to come! I am excited, blessed & so humbled to see this young people doing what they love doing – WRITING & getting Published. InContinue reading “The Rise of the NEW PNG WRITERS”

Book written and typed on Phone

By Gerard Ivalaoa My name is Gerard Ivalaoa and I am happy to announce to you the publication of my first book. I have written this book, typed it on the phone and have engaged Shane Baiva Publications to publish it. The writing and publication of this book was really challenging, especially typing 85 000Continue reading “Book written and typed on Phone”

Charles Monckton – the trigger happy colonialist

Charles Monckton in 1907 BY BRADLEY GEWA | Academia Nomad Charles Monckton: Some Experiences of a New Guinea Resident Magistrate PORT MORESBY –Charles Arthur Whitmore Monckton (1873-1936) first arrived in the protectorate of British New Guinea (later known as Papua) in 1895 having been recruited from New Zealand as a magistrate. Upon Monckton’s arrival, Lieutenant-Governor SirContinue reading “Charles Monckton – the trigger happy colonialist”