PenNorth April 2015

An early PenNorth to remind you that early bird specials for NorthWrite close at midnight tonight, Tuesday 31 March. Final registrations close 16 April 2015.



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Member Announcements

  • Rae Roadley visited Jane Mander Retirement Village recently to talk about her book and her writing to an interested group of around 50 people. A very successful visit.
  • Phyll has had an article accepted by New Zealand Memories.
  • Lesley has been asked to be mentor for a writer through NZSA and she is also mentoring a student through Whitireia Polytechnic this year.
  • We are delighted to announce that Daphne de Jong, a long-time stalwart of the Northland Branch, has been invited as the NZSA President of Honour to deliver this year’s Janet Frame Memorial Lecture. This annual lecture acts as a “state of the nation” address on the New Zealand literary landscape. Daphne will be presenting her address at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival in May. Her speech will discuss the separation of literary and genre fiction and examine why women’s popular fiction is so often denigrated in the literary world.
  • Kath Wynn and Lesley Marshall both appeared in the Northern Advocate last week.
  • Scholastic have chosen Di as author of the month for their website, and her new book, Wounds of War, is being reviewed by the NZ Book Council for Booknotes. Di will launch Wounds of War on Friday 17 April, 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. at the Kiwi North Museum and Heritage Park at Maunu. Contributions to nibbles would be welcome. RSVP essential.

1915-WOW launch invite

NorthWrite 2015

Registrations close on 16 April 2015 with the early bird closing midnight 31 March 2015. For full information please go to Information on the presenters is available here. If you require specific information please use the Ask a Question page on the NorthWrite website or email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com
There has been conflicting information on registration forms, posters and websites about the standard price for members. $85 is the members’ price. The registration form is available here: Registration Form.

School holiday workshop

Guest presenters at Northwrite 2015, Gay Hay and Brenda Martin, are presenting an event for children on Friday afternoon 17 April. This is a great opportunity for young readers to get the goss on geckos.



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 on Saturday 16 May 2015. Venue to be advised. Dates for all the 2015 meetings can be found here.


Poets Exposed

Northland LIVE POETRY providing feedback, discussion and critique at the Old Library, Whangarei. Admission: Koha. Thursday 23 April 6pm – 8pm.

Northland Writers’ Groups

Dargaville has a writing group for beginner writers every second Saturday at 2 pm. Contact Maureen on 09 439 4368 or 0272298801 for more information. A Kerikeri group will start up once this glorious summer is over.

Artist Hui

We have been issued with an open invitation to attend an Artist Hui in Kawakawa on Monday 6 April 2015. The organisers are keen to ensure literature is included in the programme line up for this year at Kings Theatre Creative. This could include a venue for book launches, writing workshops and/or retail sales of Northland authors.

Artist Hui copy

A full 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: 15 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.

The Northland Branch is once again offering our short story trophy and a $20 book voucher to the top Northland entry.

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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