NOOSA – On this day Francis Nii, one of Papua New Guinea’s most eminent literary figures, is being buried in the soil of his Simbu homeland at Kundiawa.
And also today, PNG Attitude establishes a fund to ensure that the many words and deeds of Francis Nii will endure and not be lost to the future.
Early commitments to the fund already total $1,400 on the way to a target of $10,000.
The money will be used to initiate a project to collect Francis’s most significant essays, articles, poetry and commentary into a book which will also include some of his fellow writers’ observations of his work and his life.
The collection will honour Francis’s writing and other good works and continue his advocacy for the proper recognition of home-grown Papua New Guinean literature.
Dependent upon how much money we can collect, the book will be made freely available to PNG libraries and other appropriate institutions as well as being sold commercially.
It will also be gifted to Francis’s family and the groups and people he was closely associated with in Simbu.
We are asking readers of PNG Attitude and organisations that support the development of PNG literature to donate to the FRANCIS NII COLLECTION so we can complete this project before the end of 2020.
As well as our gratitude, all donations of $50 or over will receive first edition copies of the FRANCIS NII COLLECTION.
We are asking you to donate whatever you can afford – large or small – to make this project a success.
Bank transfers can be made to:
National Australia Bank
When you have made your donation, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.