PenNorth April 2014

Branch Information:

Notification of Branch AGM:

Due to its postponement the AGM of the Northland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors will now be held on Saturday 12 April in the Whangarei Intermediate School Staff Room. Arrive between 10.30-11.00am for morning tea. The AGM will start promptly at 11am and will be followed by lunch (please bring your own) and then the normal monthly meeting.

Members’ announcements:

  • Maureen has had steady Northland sales with Fearless Fred and has a new children’s picture book coming out in May.
  • Remember to let us know of your achievements by emailing them to Kathy or to northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.

Northland To Host the 2014 NZ Society of Authors AGM

The Northland Branch will be hosting the National AGM and the Society’s 80th birthday at the Riverbank Centre in Whangarei, over the weekend of 23–25 May. The programme includes:

• Friday evening: Registration, drinks and nibbles
• Saturday morning: AGM followed by our president Kyle Mewburn, talking about issues affecting writers
• Saturday afternoon: Workshops and activities
• Saturday evening: 80th birthday dinner with guest speaker, Janice Galloway
• Sunday: NorthWrite 2014 Workshop Series.

All events are open to members and non-members with the exception of the AGM itself, which is open to members only.

We are delighted to have Janice Galloway as our special guest. Janice is one of the UK’s most versatile and gifted writers, the author of memoirs, novels, short stories, non-fiction and collaborative works with visual artists and musicians. She is a Fellow at the Otago University, and comes to us after guest appearances at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival and the Auckland Writers Festival. We are looking forward to her workshop for writers on Saturday afternoon and to her entertaining us on Saturday evening.

Wellington writer Philippa Werry and Northland writer Diana Menefy are talking about ways to approach difficult or contentious topics. Philippa and Diana are writers of both fiction and non-fiction. They are also experienced researchers and will be happy to answer questions on their processes and methods of dealing with the issues discussed.

We are also offering a visit to Heritage Park to view Jane Mander’s study, Gustav von Tempsky’s writing desk, a video presentation of World War I poetry and other unexpected treasures.

On Sunday we are offering workshops on editing, the digital process, creating character, creative non-fiction, world building and Japanese poetry.
All updates, profiles of presenters and the content of the Saturday and Sunday workshops will be available soon on the NorthWrite 2014 website .

Registration forms will be available shortly. For further information please email Kathy or  northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.

National AGM Help Required

As it’s our 80th birthday we would like to do a “decades display” at the National AGM. We are putting out a call for items that could be used as part of this display. We are looking for anything by NZ writers from 1933 to the present day – it could be book covers, articles, photos, poems, short extracts of fictional works, anything you think could be of interest. Lesley is collecting these and needs photocopies (colour ones would be best for covers) by our next meeting (12 April). Write any details such as year/decade, writer, etc on the back of the item and bring them to the meeting or contact Lesley to arrange delivery: editline[at]xtra[dot]co[dot]nz. She will also need helpers to set up the display.

Help is also required for various other set up and clean up duties. Please let Kathy know if you are available: kderrick[at]xtra[dot]co[dot]nz.

Northland Events:

Whangarei Poetry Evenings:

Offering regular (monthly) and openly public opportunities for all poets, potential poets and audiences to share and enjoy live poetry readings, workshops, guest visiting poets, and feedback.

Te Studio, Whangarei, from 6pm to 9pm on the following dates, subject to confirmation.
24 April
22 or 29 May
26 June

Koha at the door. For more information contact pietn[at]outlook[dot]com

National Events:

Page & Blackmore Booksellers Short Story Competition 

The Top of the South branch is launching the 2014 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition. Last year the competition received 92 entries from around the country, from Kaitaia to Dunedin. This year’s judge is Graeme Lay. The word limit is 1500 words and the closing date is 30th April 2014. Entry forms and full entry conditions are available from bruceastridge[at]aol[dot]com or Page & Blackmore Booksellers , Nelson. Note that entries will be restricted to the first 100 received. All others will be returned, along with the $20 entry fee.

An Autumn Romance Short Story Competition 2014: The Fall of Love

Nelson Romance Writers is running an “autumn romance” short story competition, with support of NZSA Top of the South branch. Open to: Unpublished and Self-published writers only, within New Zealand. Closes:
Thursday 17 April 2014. Judge: Natalie Anderson, Best Selling Romance Writer,
published by Harlequin Mills & Boon and Entangled Publishing.
For more information and entry form: Email: Annika Ohlson-Smith, allan-annika[at]xtra[dot]co[dot]nz

Competitions and Awards:

For information on other competitions and awards please use NZSA’s Death by Deadline . Also make use of the NZSA website  to find out what’s on. 

Items of Interest:

The story Ahi Ka, which placed first equal in our NorthWrite 2103 Collaborative Competition, is shortlisted for Best Short Story in the Sir Julius Vogel Award 2014.

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