PenNorth August 2013


Second-hand books and members’ books available at the Old Library, Whangarei:

Get new books by Northland writers, and used books on every subject from romance and crime to poetry, best-sellers and  non-fiction on every subject under the sun from our collection at the Old Library, Rust Ave, Whangarei. You never know what treasures you may find. At present there are a number of useful reference books for writers there. Proceeds go to helping writers further their talent and careers. Donated books can be left at the Old Library desk. Please let us know at northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com before or after donating books.

NorthWrite2013: Collaboration

Collaborative competition: The collaborative competition opens in September and closes in November. This is open to anyone in New Zealand and neither party has to be a member of the NZ Society of Authors. Entries can be in story or poem form, or in a combination of the two:

  • Story: Either one story (maximum 750 words) written collaboratively, or two stories (total word count not to exceed 750 words) where one has been written as a response to the other.
  • Poem: Either one poem written collaboratively (maximum of 60 lines) or two poems (total number of lines not to exceed 60) where one has been written as a response to the other.
  • Combination: One poem (maximum 30 lines) and one story (maximum 325 words) where one has been written in response to the other.
  • Minimum prize pool $500. Entry fee $20 ($10pp).

More details about NorthWrite can be found here.

Members’ announcements:

  • Di Menefy has been asked by Scholastic to write one of a series of five novels on World War 1. Hers is the second in the series and will focus on the army nursing service and the first hospital ship.
  • Daphne de Jong is going to sell the Kara Writers’ Retreat, so the workshops and retreats will no longer be available, though Daphne is still offering a critique service.
  • Karen Phillips received 3rd place in Franklin Writers short story competition.
  • Maureen Sudlow’s book, Fearless Fred and the Dragon, will have a presence at the Kiwi Writes for Kids stall at the Auckland and Christchurch Storylines festivals.
  • Trish Nicholson’s new book, Inside Stories for Writers and Readers is out – the ebook is available on Amazon, with a print version to follow soon. There is more information on it here.
  • Michelle Elvy runs a monthly column at Awkword Paper Cut, a new and innovative web e-zine that covers words and music and collaborative creative work. This month she sits down to an elaborate meal and discussion in Dinner Discourse: Six Writers Share a Meal. She is also the new curator of the Editor’s Eye series at Fictionaut, an online community for writers. The first installment was posted August 1. Poetry and stories with commentary.

Northland Events:

Storylines Family Festival:

Sat 17th August in Te Ahu, Kaitaia, 10-2pm.

Invited authors are Janice Marriott, Rachel Spratt, Leonie Agnew and Di Menefy, and illustrators are Bruce Potter and Heather Hunt. Factopia will be based on features of Te Ahu – kauri and godwits with gardening activities related to Janice’s books. There will be the usual craft activities and the invited performer is April May (circus skills). Musicians, Scottish dancers, donkeys, a magician and three drama groups will also be performing.
The competitions are:

  • Writing competition (ages 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), the topic is “A journey” – real or imagined.
  • Illustration competition (ages 4-6, 7-9, 10-12), any medium, the topic is “My place” – real or imagined.
  • Costume parade and prize for best costume

Poetry Day: will be celebrated in Whangarei on 14 August 2013 (note date change) at Mokaba Café, opening at 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start (finishing at ~8.30pm). Food will be available for purchase – please support the café and don’t bring food from outside.  As usual we will make this our annual fundraiser for PEN.

Storyteller’s circle: An event for the whole whanau at Tuatara on Bank Street 5:30 – 6:30pm (4th Wednesday of the month). Come with a story (less than 5 mins) up your sleeve on the selected theme. Contact Tuatara for more information.

Flash Fiction Club: Second Tuesday of every month, starting 13 August 2013, 5:30-7:30pm, May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library. Best suited for adults. Contact the library first as places are limited and filling fast.

Northland Business Awards: These are open to individuals in the creative category. More information here or from the Chamber of Commerce.

Ten Minute Theatre: Anyone interested in Channel North’s Ten Minute Theatre should send character descriptions and the story line by 16 August. Projects chosen to proceed to script will be announced on 23 August. Writers will then have until 28 September to deliver their scripts – a nominal fee will be paid. If people have questions they can approach Gareth Mauchline who is the Channel North Producer involved on gareth[at]channelnorth[dot]co[dot]nz .

National Events:

Flash Frontier has a special July issue out now which includes winning stories from National Flash Fiction Day 2013 and 2012. Stay tuned for the August edition with stories about snow.

The Book Show: Broadcast nationwide on SKY TV Channel 200 and on Freeview Satellite in three time slots per week. (Tues 8pm, Thurs noon, Sun 1.30 pm). The Book Show is of interest to anyone involved in the expanding New Zealand community of writers, publishers, marketers, retailers and readers. Each episode of The Book Show will feature a book review, world book news, and an interview with an author or person of interest to the book community. The Book Show is hosted by Neville Aitchison and co-hosted by John Reynolds, both of whom are experienced presenters with a broad knowledge of the literary communities. The Book Show is interested in featuring authors, or receiving news of literary activities from the wider community. For more information contact nevilleaitchison[at]gmail[dot]com.

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