Barbara Lucy Hosken
Barbara Lucy is registered as a lecturer of Birmingham University, England, and has taught Creative Writing Classes on Auckland’s North Shore, started Northshore Writers Group, worked with International Writers Workshop Auckland and also organised readings. She started the Whāngārei Writers’ Workshop, recently resigning as Convener. She has been a competition judge and guest speaker/tutor. Her first three line poem in her mother’s autograph book, was written at four years old. She won her first writing competition, at the age of eight and at 11 her first poem was published. Later two books on creative activity, were followed by several articles and stories and she was a staff writer for NZ Fisherman before being diagnosed with an incurable disease. She has since self-published two books of poems and is working on a third and a short story collection. She writes a monthly newsletter for the Whangarei ME/CFS group.
Talia Mana is a business consultant and success strategist who excels at creating and growing successful businesses. Talia is an innovator who enjoys being at the forefront of change. An early adopter of digital marketing she published her first eBook in the late 1990s.
Talia was a contributing author to the Amazon bestselling book 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life: Volume 2 with John Gray, Richard Carlson, Bob Proctor and Jack Canfield. She is also the author of two self-improvement books containing strategies for personal success and more than 1,000 articles and blog posts, and several eBooks and audio products. An award winning blogger and professional speaker, Talia has been featured in television, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews.
Talia is based in Whangarei – known as ‘The Winterless North’ of New Zealand – where she enjoys the peace and tranquillity of country living and does her best to avoid the weeding.