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”

Smart editing tips for writers who want to be read

By JORDAN DEAN – 26 October 2017, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude PORT MORESBY – So you’ve drafted a short story or a novel and want to polish it before sending it to potential publishers. You don’t wish to put your work out there unpolished, because that’s a good way to make sure no oneContinue reading “Smart editing tips for writers who want to be read”

Criticism has good intentions but by gosh it hurts sometimes

By BAKA BINA – 04 September 2017, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude PORT MORESBY – Any criticism coming from another person is hard to digest.  We all have blind spots about our own work and find it hard to accept challenges from other people. Our argument tends to run along the lines of “whatContinue reading “Criticism has good intentions but by gosh it hurts sometimes”

The challenge of the novel (& a comment from a hardened novelist)

By JORDAN DEAN – 29 August 2017, Keith Jackson & Friends PNG Attitude PORT MORESBY – Recently, I challenged myself to write a novel. I’ve written poetry and short stories, why not give it a try. Whether it’ll end up a good book, I don’t know. This is something I’ve been contemplating a long timeContinue reading “The challenge of the novel (& a comment from a hardened novelist)”

Editing for excellence – the writer’s dilemma

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 28 September 2014, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude THE halcyon days of Papua New Guinean literature just prior to independence were dependent upon three factors: the emergence of talented writers; an atmosphere that nourished their aspirations; and the availability of mainly Australian publishing houses. When PNG achieved independence, Australian interestContinue reading “Editing for excellence – the writer’s dilemma”

PNG’s secondary schools fall short on their cultural mission

By KEITH JACKSON – 11 June 2014, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude OBSERVING that many of Papua New Guinea’s cultures, customs and traditions are disappearing, Jane Pumai Awi and Rose Bolgy – both senior lecturers at the University of Goroka – decided to look into the matter of how this trend might be reversedContinue reading “PNG’s secondary schools fall short on their cultural mission”

Editing – it can turn a bowl of old stodge into a real delicacy

By PHIL FITZPATRICK – 23 July 2014, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude SINCE becoming involved in the Crocodile Prize, and in particular the production of the annual anthology and the spinoff books that we’ve published under the Pukpuk Publishing imprint, I’ve had to learn a few skills that I wouldn’t ordinarily have bothered about. One ofContinue reading “Editing – it can turn a bowl of old stodge into a real delicacy”

Decolonisation & the changing of our names

By DUNCAN GABI – 28 March 2021, Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG Attitude |Aunamelo | Edited PORT MORESBY – While many people think decolonisation means just breaking away from colonisers and getting political independence, there’s more to it than the average mind can ever comprehend. I am not going to write on political or economic decolonisation butContinue reading “Decolonisation & the changing of our names”