Culturally based leadership in contemporary Papua Niugini

LINGARD RAGIN “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things” – US President Ronald Reagan Leadership in contemporary PNG culture is entirely different between the Highlands and the Coastal societies. A leader in the Highlands is recognizedContinue reading “Culturally based leadership in contemporary Papua Niugini”

ANNOUNCING THE KURAI MEMORIAL AWARDS FOR BIOGRAPHICAL SHORT STORIES

IN HONOR OF LATE Cr KURAI TAPUS OF KAIAP VILLAGE, WABAG Links here to a short story and new book about Kurai Tapus by Daniel Kumbon BROUGHT TO YOU BY PLES SINGSING & MR. PAUL KURAI, OWNER OF RIBITO GRILL & RESTARAUNT (PORT MORESBY) Instructions The person written about does not need to be famousContinue reading “ANNOUNCING THE KURAI MEMORIAL AWARDS FOR BIOGRAPHICAL SHORT STORIES”

The funny business of editing

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 11 October 2019, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude TUMBY BAY – I like reading autobiographies and biographies, especially those relating to writers. I recently finished reading a biography of Joseph Heller, the American author of several novels, including the famous Catch 22. In the process I discovered that Heller was influencedContinue reading “The funny business of editing”

Why we need to write – it’s a pathway to success

By SIMON DAVIDSON – 08 June 2019, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude SONOMA – We need to write to develop our mind, generate new ideas and clarify our thinking. Yet the reality is that it’s hard being a writer. Literary work is not jolly work. Literary success comes on the back of hard workContinue reading “Why we need to write – it’s a pathway to success”

Want to publish? You can but here’s the truth behind the scenes

By FRANCIS NII – 25 March 2019, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude KUNDIAWA – I feel that it is important for me to share my experience of book publishing with authors and would-be authors to give them insights into book publication so they can make informed decisions to find the best and cheapest onlineContinue reading “Want to publish? You can but here’s the truth behind the scenes”

What an average reader wants to see in a published work

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 01 November 2018, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude TUMBY BAY – Baka Bina made an interesting request following my recent article about the British author Alexander McCall Smith. He said, “You have written about the pitfalls of publishing before and I would like to ask if you can re-state whatContinue reading “What an average reader wants to see in a published work”

Alexander McCall Smith – role model for the humble writer

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 28 October 2018, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude TUMBY BAY – When I published the first of my Inspector Metaubooks about an elderly but shrewd policeman in Port Moresby, a couple of reviewers obliquely compared it to the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. I had vaguely heard ofContinue reading “Alexander McCall Smith – role model for the humble writer”

Indigenous literature and academic elitism in PNG

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 30 August 2018, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude TUMBY BAY – In countries with a written literary tradition, especially in the western world, the publication of books has been largely accomplished outside government. In those places, book publishing has and continues to be mainly a capitalist enterprise. Artistic and philosophicalContinue reading “Indigenous literature and academic elitism in PNG”

PNG govt alert! Our literature could help us get to Vision 50

By DANIEL KUMBON – 28 February 2018, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude WABAG – An assignment given to first year trainees at Enga Teachers College on literature and its importance for primary school children, prompts me to reflect on a recent literary tour of Australia I undertook with three colleagues. I wondered if teachersContinue reading “PNG govt alert! Our literature could help us get to Vision 50”

Reprising Sil Bolkin – an essayist of significance & substance

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – Originally published in PNG Attitude in February 2017 TUMBY BAY – Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin has been a consistent and popular contributor to PNG Attitude and the Crocodile Prize for many years. He also authored a significant book, launched in Canberra in 2013, The Flight of Galkope, a magical combination of Simbu history and myth broughtContinue reading “Reprising Sil Bolkin – an essayist of significance & substance”