IN 2010 I wrote a number of articles for a trade magazine about the state of literature in the South Pacific region, including Papua New Guinea.
I sent a modified version of the Papua New Guinea article to Keith Jackson and he published it in PNG Attitude.
My research for the article revealed that the vibrant and dynamic literary scene of 1970s Papua New Guinea was in serious decline.
What little was being published was sporadic and, with a few notable exceptions, of very average quality.
As someone who had watched the burgeoning literary scene in the 1970s, I was filled with dismay. Tiny nations like Samoa were leading the way while Papua New Guinea seemed to have fallen by the wayside.