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10 November 2016


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Thanks for reply Baka, Hope that Commonwealth can progress with CPOC now they are aware of its existence.

Yes Arthur, I last e-talked with Lucy Hannah on trying to find how I could get work on their ADDA program.

I had difficulty submitting an entry to one of the competitions that had an entry fee component.

I sought out how in PNG we could establish a platform where PNG contributors can access Commonwealth writers to contribute to their writing competitions. Where there is no fee involved, it is straightforward but not where entry fees are required.

I was looking and suggesting for a clearing house in PNG where the equivalent entry fees are paid in kina as most contributors will not have the ability to pay for them in the British pound.

It was then she emailed that she was going to be in PNG in the week following and we arranged to meet one day over a lunch time.

She was in a three day program on scriptwriting which neither Emmanuel Peni or myself were aware of nor was anyone at Commonwealth Writers aware of the existence of the Crocodile Prize Organising Committee (CPOC) in PNG.

I had a meeting with her at lunchtime (I was not representing CPOC) and apparently she was not aware of the Crocodile Prize so I gave her an run down on what we were doing and explored the avenues for involvement of the Commonwealth Writers.

I was also told that for my writings to appear in ADDA, I would have to submit it to them and then an editorial team decides if it gets posted on ADDA.

Lucy gave the indication that we could progress discussions on getting Crocodile Prize writings on the Commonwealth writers and we left it at that for the CPOC to take that on board.

I was given a contact e-address of Emily de Costa. I had since been out of e-coverage for a couple of weeks on duty travel.

So Arthur, there has been some contact but not by CPOC however it is an opportunity I know the CPOC will want to progress in the near future.

By the way I cant access the commonwealth shorts and the 2 that is referring to, I cannot be of help unfortunately.

Just had email which contained following article. Anyone involved with this?

Commonwealth Shorts – 2 in PNG [Source:]

Commonwealth Writers is currently working with BSAG Productions in New Zealand on the next phase of Commonwealth Shorts which will be films which highlight stories from the Pacific region.

The first two script development workshops have just taken place in Papua New Guinea and Tonga, with six new film makers who’ll be filming their short dramas later this month.

Commonwealth Shorts gives emerging writers and directors an opportunity to make a film that highlights issues affecting them and their communities. A first round of films was produced in 2013 by filmmakers from the Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Kenya and New Zealand.

A great mentor and promoter of PNG literature, I take my hat off to you Phil.

Professor Ullie Beier encouraged, promoted and published writing in the early days of PNG literature. When he left, writing stopped. Then gave the 'Savannah Flames: A literary Journal' when I was a student at UPNG. It died out. Phil and Keith ignited the literary flames again. We are grateful for your contribution to PNG Literature Phil.

Thank you Phil, you have been so generous and kind in nurturing PNG literature and publishing our books.

You are leaving the task of publication in our hands to continue and also recognising Francis and Simbu Writers Association as taking the lead in publications is a milestone of achievement.

Thank you Phil for being such a great friend to PNG. Thank you also for recognising Jimmy and the SWA.

Thanks Phil. You have done what a living being could do while still breathing. And that is to live for other. You have lived for many especially in the literary world. On the same token, I applaud SWA for taking the lead. We will remember the work of Phil and the team Down South while looking upon SWA as we write on. Cheers!

Phil, thank you so much for your heart for Papua New Guinea. Now, we know why you have been committing time and resources to help us.

You wanted us to develop interest, learn, muster the skills and take ownership in a sustainable way. I am happy that Francis is ready to take eon the challenge on behalf of SWA.

Setting up a free CreateSpace account is easy Daniel. Just go to the website and click 'new account'.

I've just discovered that Jordan Dean, originally from Fergusson Island, has been using CreateSpace to publish his own books and books by other people in much the same way that Pukpuk Publications has been operating.

Both you and Francis might like to contact him for some advice.

And Baka Bina does the same thing.

It's OK to let go Phil, you have helped us so much for so long. Thanks for all the dedicated work you have put in.

I like the arrangement you've made with Francis for SWA. And I would like to organise one here for the newly formed Enga Writers Association.

A few people here are writing stuff towards publishing anthologies and collections of poems. But our problem, like maybe in other parts of PNG, is editing and mentoring. People have the ideas, but they seem to be afraid or too ashamed to express themselves on paper in poor English.

English is not our mother tongue and that appears to be the problem in PNG. But still we here in Enga will try. So send me details via email how to set up an account with Createspace.

Magnifico Phil, inviting, enabling emulation. Francis too.

Ride gently, Phil, content with your magnificent contribution to the development of PNG literature. As you say, it's high time that Papua New Guineans took on more responsibility and acted more independently in their literary endeavours. The likes of you and me and others will always be ready and willing to help, of course, but responsibility for the ongoing flowering of PNG literature belongs, quite properly, to Papua New Guineans, not Australians.

Well done, Phil, and well done, Francis.
SWA Leads The Way.

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