PenNorth October 2014



  • 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.
  • If you are a Bay of Islands writer and would be interested in meeting up once a month please email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com – no business meetings, we promise!
  • Dargaville writers are looking to set up a hub for children’s picture book writers. Contact northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com for more details.

Member Announcements

  • Heather Whelan is still having travel articles published monthly in Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations She also has a walking article in the current (September) edition of Wilderness magazine.
  • Maureen will have poetry published in Blue Hour, Whispers and Blackmail this month; she is also currently in the process of putting together a poetry book with Steele Roberts.
  • Daphne had a poem published in the poetry day broadsheet.
  • Kathy had a short fiction piece and Jac a poem published in Take Flight July 2014.
  • Karen Phillips has had an email from Takahe saying they would consider publishing an unplaced short story she wrote for their competition.
  • Lesley’s first professional editing student has recently been on work experience at Steele Roberts, and after her first week there was offered a small paid job by them.
  • A book Lesley worked on (critique and then full edit) has been published in the UK, and recently got a rave review from Graeme Beattie on his blog.
  • PEN UK (the headquarters of PEN International) recently conducted an extremely comprehensive (read lengthy and complex!) survey about their service and what outlying branches do.  Lesley answered it, and then had to do a follow-up interview with Emma Wadsworth-Jones over aspects of it.  It took 45 minutes and it was tricky working out a time when we’d both be compos mentis!  It has led to some changes for Lesley – she’s realised they really do want to know who’s written to whom so they have more idea of how their appeals are being used.  So now she’s asking her letter-writers to let them know when they’ve responded to an appeal; up until now she’s only asked to be given copies of any responses.

NorthWrite 2015

A committee has been set up to organise NorthWrite 2015. This will be an indie (self-publishing) festival with discussions, workshops, tips and hints, etc. If you have anything in particular that you would like presented at the festival please email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.


Poets Exposed

Poets Exposed is a poetry group that meets once a month in Whangarei at Te Studio in the Old Library. People come from as far away as Dargaville and the Hokianga. Next date: Thursday 30 October.


A Competition for Children

A week today A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children (Random House) will be in bookshops (Oct 3rd).

poetry book

Paula Green has set three challenges to celebrate this (plus one coming on Publication Day).
Challenge number one: Write a poem that is inspired by another poem. See here for details. I will post favourites and have copies of the Treasury for a few (or  another book if you have it already!).
Challenge number two: Write a poem and then write that poem with surprising things in surprising places (sand, mud, window). Take a photo and send it to me. I will post them as I get them and will  have two $50 book vouchers for my favourites. See here for details.
Challenge number three: Take a photo of yourself reading a poetry book in a great place to read a poetry book. Your parent will need to send Paula permission so she can post it.
Deadline: You have until November 8th to do this. Preferably send images as a .jpeg
Send to paulajoygreen[at]gmail[dot]com.
Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email.
PLEASE say it’s for the Fascinating Place to Read a Poetry book challenge.

Competitions and Awards for Writers:

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.


The Northland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors is selling earrings made by Lesley Marshall. They are very cool. If you are interested in purchasing a pair at $NZ10 each then please email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com – first in first served so make sure you tell us which ones you want. We will contact you to discuss delivery and payment. Earrings can also be made to order.

Earrings 1 - Orange
Earrings 1 – Orange
Earrings 2
Earrings 2
Earrings 3
Earrings 3
Earrings 4
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Earrings 5
Earrings 5



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