MARKETING plays a vital role to motivate wanna be writers and budding writers and to bring their works to the public view.
Virginia Woolf in the preface to her novel Mrs Dalloway referred to such profile-raising as the “oxygen of publicity” which writers can breathe in and enjoy and benefit from.
The first time I breathed the oxygen of publicity happened when one of my article was published in PNG Attitude in 2014. It was a satirical article I’d written on the Papua New Guinea liquefied natural gas project. You can read it here.
At that moment I saw it, I felt I was standing on Mount Everest and breathing the dizzying air at the summit of the earth’s highest peak.
Oxygen at 8,848 metres above sea level might be thin but there it was plenty enough for me to breathe and enjoy.
I have been a regular reader of PNG Attitude since that inspiring moment. Most of the articles are challenging, witty or enticing.
Reading other authors from Papua New Guinea has influenced me to write my own articles. I have since written five books which are yet to be published, including many short stories and poems. In 2015, one of my articles shared the Rivers Award with a group of other PNG authors.
In my humble opinion, PNG Attitude has done much to promote a writing culture in this country: from creating an avenue for budding writers to publish their works, to organising the Crocodile Prize, providing the impetus for the creation of provincial writers associations, building a bridge between PNG and Australian writers and many more literary-related activities that have spurred many people in PNG to write.
Keith Jackson and the PNG Attitude blog he created have helped to revive a writing culture in our country. He has become a new Ulli Beier to influence another generation of PNG writers.
The impact of his work will show through the works that Papua New Guineans produce now and in the future.
His contribution – along with the work of all those others who are associated with his project -will shine as a bright star in our literary universe.