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Mr. Narokobi wasted no time in announcing that a niche has been created to increase the publishing of books written by Papua New Guineans in all works of life. He encouraged Papua New Guineans to write their histories, publish their researches, and have their philosophies and treatises published with UPNG Press. What was impossible twenty years ago is now possible for many Papua New Guineans to publish their books.
In the first day of the Buk2Buk Fair, Peter Trist an old friend of UPNG and NBC reminded us again that UPNG was the centre of arts, writing, and publishing in the late 1960s and 1970s. The period defined by the vibrant arts, culture, writing, and theatre performances. Trist was involved with the setting up of the National Arts School, the National Theatre Company, and had a lot of impact on the radio drama programs in the 1970s. Many of us remember Peter Trist as the voice of Doriga in our favourite school radio program on NBC in those days.
Peter Trist spoke on behalf of the 88 years old Ulli Beier and his wife Georgina. Ulli was unable to attend because of medical grounds. Trist had those of us present: the second and third generation of artists and writers, thinking in a serious way about the creative potential of this country, its writers, artists, and scholars with untapped talents and skills. The question is how do we develop the arts, culture, and book publishing on our own and go the next step? Some of us have tried and others gave up looking for publishers to get their books into print. The social, political, and economic realities of the 1960s and 1970s were different then. It was only after Independence in September 16th 1975 that the enthusiasm died with writers no longer writing and participating in theatre performances.
|Malum Nalum interviews Peter Trist at the Buk2Buk Fair, UPNG|