THE milestone anthology by Papua New Guinean women writers, My Walk to Equality, will be showcased at two international literary festivals in Queensland in the next two months.
The book will be discussed in special panel sessions at the Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival in Coolum on 11 August and at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 8 and 10 September.
The book of evocative essays, short stories and poems was written by 45 Papua New Guinean and published by Pukpuk Publications to coincide with International Women’s Day this year.
It was launched at companion events were held in Port Moresby and Brisbane and has since become a landmark publication.
I was delighted to receive the invitations, as was the entire group of writers.
This is an opportunity to introduce Papua New Guinean women’s writing to an international audience who share a passion for literature.
When I presented to the Brisbane Writers Festival last year, the audience asked to hear more positive stories from Papua New Guinea. We are delivering on this.
Many Papua New Guinean writers have had unwavering support from long-time friends of PNG to develop their writing.
Writers such as me have been mentored and improved our writing technique under Keith Jackson, having been published on PNG Attitude. We’ve also had terrific support from Phil Fitzpatrick’s Pukpuk Publications as well as great assistance and encouragement from Australian friends like Murray Bladwell, Maibry Astill and Bob Cleland.
The Sunshine Coast festival will feature a panel event including My Walk to Equality contributors Vanessa Gordon and Helen Anderson as well as me, Phil Fitzpatrick, Daniel Kumbon and legendary journalist Sean Dorney.
I will chair a conversation with Vanessa and fellow writer Tania Basiou at the Brisbane Writers Festival as well presenting as part of a separate panel discussion with literary identities Michael Sala and Kerrie Davies.
Limited stocks of My Walk to Equality will be available for purchase at Sandy Pages Bookshop in Coolum from 11 August and from 6 September at the Queensland State Library’s Bookshop.
My Walk to Equality continues to be available for purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.