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10 September 2016


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The PNG writers Australian tour ended yesterday (13 September) after a memorable visit to the New South Wales Writers Centre in Sydney.

I was envious to find that the centre receives good support from all three tiers of governments - federal, state and local.

There are writers centres in all states of Australia. No wonder Australian authors publish over 28,000 new books every year and growing.

Julie and I will depart Sydney today for Brisbane from where we will hop on the Greyhound to Cairns. Martyn flies home via Brisbane and Cairns. And Ben flies direct to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coadt.

What a fun-filled two weeks it has been among generous, open, kind-hearted Australians.

Thanks to Paga Hill Development Company, PNG Attitude and Professor Ken McKinnon for their kind support and all the good people we met from Noosa all the way to Sydney.

It's been an eye opener and educational trip for me. Thanks again for giving me the opportunity.

Thank you Francis for your presentation at the BWF on our fledgling, cash-strapped and much-overlooked Simbu Writers Association.

It is time for the politicians to provide the impetus for the growth and development of writers and literary talent in PNG.

Last but not the least, I wholeheartedly convey my sincere gratitude to Murray Bladwell and the good-hearted Rotarians at the Toowong Rotary Club for your kind donation of a collapsible wheelchair to our wheelchair-bound writer.

I've been talking to Wendy O'Hanlon from the Sunshine Coast Writer's Festival held in Coolum at about the same time as the Brisbane Writer's Festival. Next year it may be possible to attend both festivals.

The Sunshine Coast Writer's Festival has a distinctly regional flavour with writers coming not only from Australia but from places like Indonesia, Aboriginal Australia and so on. It would be a natural fit for PNG Writers and maybe an easier venue for expatriate PNGs living in Oz to attend.

Baka and Manu unfortunately missed a great opportunity.

Thank you Arnold, you also write well and won a Crocodile Prize Award before me. And published two books. I think you should reconsider publishing them with Createspace.

And Phil, I asked Baka Bina to bring copies of his novel 'Man of Calibre' and Emmanuel Peni's 'Sibona' so I could display them at the Brisbane Writers Festival but they did not provide me with any copies.

What a chance it would have been to showcase them - our first three full length novels including of course Francis Nii's 'Fitman, Raitman and Cooks' which sold well.

Let's all plan something big for 2017. I intend to bring one or two members of the Enga Writers Association to Brisbane.

Bernard...Daniel Kumbon is one guy whose writings I admire. He presented me with a copy of Remember Me. I have yet to pick up a copy of his latest book.

There's a whole lot more where that came from Bernard - check out the Pukpuk Publications website.

Get a copy of Baka Bina's highlands book and read Emmanuel Peni's 'Sibona' for a real treat.

Daniel Kumbon's Remember Me compilation has had me thinking all day long and the eloquent prose in many of the stories is reminiscent of Albert Camus or Guy de Maupassant.

I have just finished reading Remember Me - and other stories from Enga Province PNG, compiled by Daniel Kumbon, which I picked up at the BWF 2016. It had me captivated from the opening Remember Me to the poem by Abby Yadi - An Engan to Stand.

I especially enjoyed Nendipilya the Orphan by Robert Kia and Serena by Nancy Ambis Waim. Such beautiful, simple and descriptive writing.

You all are doing beloved Papua New Guinea proud.

Remember, you are citizens first before your role as literary artist ambassadors.

The friends of Papua New Guinea and sponsors of this undertaking deserve our heart-felt appreciation and thanks.

Our walk in the literature universe is just starting.
Keep the faith.

congratulations and well-done. you made us proud. May God bless you all for this wonderful gifts of writing talents.

Well done all those who made this possible. Ken Mckinnon rings a bell.

A big bell Diane. He was director of education when we young teachers in TPNG - KJ

Congratulations to all. I hope we can encourage more PNG writers to take up the pen and write.

Look at that third photograph down.

There are Daniel and Francis signing copies of their own books in front of an appreciative crowd.

There is cash on the table.

It is a scene that needs to be replicated in Papua New Guinea.

I wonder if any of our wonderful sponsors would help with that next step?

Congratulations and massive thanks to the PNG Attitude family, Paga Hill Development Company and Professor McKinnon for this incredible opportunity. It was terrific week of meeting, learning and sharing during BWF2016. An important moment to present four Papua New Guinean's perspectives to the world of literature.

The Panel session event itself was a great experience; thank you to Daniel, Martyn and Franics who I was so happy to finally meet and spend time with. Special thanks to Ben Jackson who was super efficient in leading, organising and calming nerves in the lead up to the session. Thank you to all who attended to listen and ask questions, particualrly Mrs Maggie Moihe. Thanks to all the Papua New Guinean supporters on Twitter.

Bob Clelland, Murray Bladwell, Rob Parer - thanks gentlemen for the fabulous Brisbane functions. Also special mention of Phil Fitzpatrick/Pukpuk Publications to arrange for Ed Brumby and I to meet. Ed has been wonderful in agreeing to be a mentor/critical friend for a book project that I am working on.

Thank you all🌺

Well done!

Thank you team for splendidly representing PNG writers.

Thanks PHDC and Prof McKinnon for the financial support and Keith et al in Brisbane for your logistical and social arrangements.

Well done to all who contributed to this extraordinary events.

It was refreshening to listen to a group of articulate professionals and I did not hear anyone utter the meaningless phrases "kind of", "kinda" or "guys", which often litter interviews with Australian media tarts.
Good writers never waste words.

Well done Writers and Organisers and Rotarians. A magnificent effort with long term achievements in the wind.

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