PenNorth March 2015

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  • Remember to let us know of your achievements by emailing them to Kathy or to northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.

Member Announcements

  • Country CopKate Ballard’s book Country Cop 24/7 is launching at: Judge – House of Ale, 57 Walton Street, Whangarei on Thursday 5th March at 5pm. The book can also be ordered direct from the author: Catherine Ballard, RD 2 Hikurangi, 0182 NZ or email ballardf[at]ihug[dot]co[dot]nz.
  • Churnyg Cover FrontA reminder that Derin Attwood has a book launch coming up for The Trail to Churnyg at 5pm on Wednesday 4 March at The Pavilion, Rust Avenue, Whangarei.
  • Di has the advance copy of her new book (Kiwis at War: 1915: Wounds of War – about the WW1 nurses), plus the teaching notes produced by Scholastic.

Member Request

Anne McDonell has written two books that she needs to advertise in magazines that go to rest homes, organisations dealing with people with special needs and similar publications. She needs someone to produce flyers and an advertisement to promote the books. Conversations with a Sometimes Stranger is about her experiences caring for her husband, and ‘S Day’ and Afterwards is based on her experiences as a speech language therapist for people who have lost intelligible speech. Proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Society (Northland Branch) and Stroke Foundation (Northland Branch). She is also looking for someone who can produce them as e-books and place them on Amazon. If you are interested in helping Anne or know someone who may be interested (a student perhaps) please contact her at[at]xtra[dot]co[dot]nz.

NorthWrite 2015

NorthWrite Flyer Draft
Northwrite 2015 is a one-day event focusing on self-publishing and exploring the steps involved in producing a successful publication. We are planning two workshop streams – one for those interested in writing for their families and/or local communities (whānau publishing), and another for writers planning to publish for the commercial market. These will be held at Maungatapere School (10 minutes west of Whangarei) on 18 April 2015 from 9am to 4.30pm.

Our member and guest presenters will share their experiences with self-publishing and provide practical and relevant information. The two workshop streams will ensure that those writing for the trade and those writing for their families or community will receive tuition targeted to their needs.

We plan that NorthWrite 2015 will benefit both writers and a more general audience that includes historians, genealogists, and people who support those nearing the end of their lives to record their experiences and their memoirs. You do not need to be a NZ Society of Authors member, or even a writer, to attend.

Registrations open 1 March 2015 and close on 16 April 2015. There are NZSA member and early bird prices available. For full information and to download a registration form please go to If you require specific information please use the Ask a Question page on our website or email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com The registration form is available here: Registration Form


The Northland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors is selling earrings made by Lesley Marshall. If you are interested in purchasing a pair at $NZ10 each then please email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com. We will contact you to discuss delivery and payment. Colours available: orange, cerise, pink, bright blue, yellow, green, teal blue, mauve/purple, greyish-green, black with red binding, black with yellow binding, rose pink, scarlet, and three sets made from cut-offs from children’s art that are multicoloured in green/blue/brown. Example images below.

earrings mauve

earrings balck with red  earrings scarlet
Next Meeting

Our next meeting is in Whangarei on Saturday 21 March 2015. We will have the AGM followed by a normal branch meeting and perhaps a talk by Daphne de Jong. Dates for all the 2015 meetings can be found here.


  • Poets Exposed: Northland LIVE POETRY providing feedback, discussion, critique at the Old Library, Whangarei. Admission: Koha. Thursday 26 March 6pm – 8pm. Coming Up UNESCO World Poetry Day 21 March
  • Whangarei Libraries is holding a workshop for anyone interested in writing flash fiction: A Flash in the Pan Workshop, Wednesday March 11th at 10:30 in the May Bain Room in the Central Library. Come along to an interactive Flash Fiction Workshop led by award-winning author Barbara Unković. Barbara is the author of four published books and has achieved considerable success in the Frank O’Connor, International Book Awards and numerous Flash Fiction competitions. Contact the Whangarei Library for details.
  • Lucy Mullinger would like expressions of interest from anyone who could volunteer to write an article or two for or to help out in another capacity. They are currently looking for people to write opinion pieces, articles, news stories, poetry, entertainment, community news or anything else that interests them. They are also interested in hearing from anyone who is involved with community organisations or knows anyone who would like to help out as well. They are working closely with Channel North also and will be going on news rounds with the news team from Channel North. If you would like to accompany the team at Channel North and supply Lucy with an article from that, please let her know, or if you know of someone (an aspiring writer, journo etc) who might like to have the chance to do this, please give her their details. For more information check out their Facebook page or contact Lucy: editor[at]whgonline[dot]org[dot]nz
  • Yvonne Morgan (formerly of The Piggery) now owns Book Inn in Kamo and is setting up a local writers’ section. Contact her if you have books you’d like to be included. Book Inn, 420 Kamo Road, 4353202. She has two tables – one each side of the entrance. One table is dedicated to NZ writers, with an emphasis on Northland writers. Several Branch members are well represented.
  • Dargaville has a writing group for beginner writers every second Saturday at 2pm. Contact Maureen on 09 439 4368 or 0272298801 for more information. A Kerikeri group will start up once this glorious summer is over.

A list of Northland writing events and opportunities can be found here.


National Short Story Competition 2015

The Top of the South branch has announced their 2015 national Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition. Judge: Ted Dawe. Closing date: 15th April. Entry forms are available from bruceastridge[at]aol[dot]com or at

National Flash Fiction Day

The annual National Flash Fiction Day writing competition is open. The submission period runs from February 1 to April 30. Winners will be announced in early June. Judges of the 2015 competition are Owen Marshall and Fiona Kidman. Competition guidelines can be found at the NFFD website.

Last year’s competition saw nearly 300 entries and a high quality of prose – both traditional and experimental. Readers can read last year’s winning stories by Sarah Dunn of Nelson, Patricia Hanifin of Auckland and Sue Kingham of Christchurch, along with the other highly commended and shortlisted stories, here.

June events will be posted on the NFFD website in the coming months. If you or your organisation would like to host a NFFD event, get in touch with the NFFD team via their website.

Second NZ Independent Book Festival October 2015

The second NZ Independent Book Festival will be held at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. This book festival is held once a year, with exhibitors being independent and self-published New Zealand authors, private publishers, literary businesses and independent bookstores. Last year they had 90 exhibitors from all over New Zealand take exhibitor space at the Devonport event. The festival offers free entry to the public, allowing exhibitors to promote and sell their books and literary services directly to them. There will also be workshops, seminars and panel discussions on offer too, at a small charge or donation. More information here. Please contact Louise de Varga if you’d like to have a Trade Exhibitor Application Form emailed out to you. Email: c4s[at]clear[dot]net[dot]nz

Competitions and Awards for Writers

For information on other competitions and awards please use NZSA’s Death by Deadline on the members-only page of the NZSA website.

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