PenNorth June 2014

Branch Information:


  • There is a change in the venue for June meeting from the last minutes. It will now be held at Maungatapere. We will be having  a flash fiction competition (up to 200 words) at the June meeting, with a mystery prize from Aussie (courtesy of Maureen) so bring along one piece of flash fiction each to read out after lunch.
  • We have an email loop for gossip, advice, research queries and anything writing-related.  You are not automatically subscribed to this loop when you join NZSA. If you are interested in joining or want more information please email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • Remember to let us know of your achievements by emailing them to Kathy or to northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • There is a position on the NorthTec Applied Writing Local Advisory Committee currently open for an NZSA Northland branch representative. If you would like more information or would like to nominate someone for this position please email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.

2014 NZ Society of Authors National AGM 23-25 May

Phyll, Di and Sandra lead guests in Happy Birthday while Maureen cuts the cake
Phyll, Di and Sandra lead guests in Happy Birthday while Maureen cuts the cake

The Northland Branch hosted the National AGM and the Society’s 80th birthday at the Riverbank Centre in Whangarei over the weekend of 23–25 May. It was a fantastic weekend. We received many compliments on the programme, the venue and the organisation of the events – well done everyone.


The NorthWrite workshops were a huge success and well attended.

Lit Quiz winning team
Lit Quiz winning team

The Saturday night dinner and 80th birthday party included a literature quiz that covered eight decades of New Zealand writing. Congratulations to an entirely international team (consisting of an Australian, a Zimbabwean, an English woman and two Scots) for winning the coveted prize of chocolates to go with their coffees. Chocolates also went to the best-named team – The Headless Chickens (it looked much better in French and the participants were perhaps past chicken-age!) while the two teams with the lowest joint score won chupa chups to suck after their dinner.

Janice Galloway, Guest Speaker
Janice Galloway, Guest Speaker

We were delighted to have Janice Galloway as our guest speaker at the dinner. Her speech interwove aspects of New Zealand and Scotland and we could tell she has a great love for both her homeland and the New Zealand landscape. She read an extract from her memoir, The Trick Is to Keep Breathing, enthralling us with her beautifully woven words. Janice is one of Scotland’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 currently a visiting Fellow at Otago University, and came to us after guest appearances at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival and the Auckland Writers Festival. We appreciated Janice’s warmth and friendliness even if she was sleuthing for quiz answers under our plates!

Thank you to our raffle sponsors – Karen and Greg Phillips, Ian Derrick and Fishpond. Auckland member, Rae McGregor, won the $100 Fishpond voucher and Piet Nieuwland won the Northland Treat. He is choosing between three nights in Ahipara or a day sailing in the Bay of Islands.

Posters and Birthday Cake
Posters and Birthday Cake

Our posters depicting eight decades of New Zealand literature looked impressive and were enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks to Trish Puharich, Adele Jackson and Margaret Cahill for their hard work and creative flair.


Northland Events:

Whangarei Libraries National Flash Fiction Day

This will run again this year. Entry form here. There will be an awards evening with panel discussion Wednesday 2 July with our very own members, Karen Phillips and Piet Nieuwland on the panel. Details here.

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.
22 or 29 May
26 June

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

National Events:

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. 

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