PenNorth May 2015



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Member Announcements

  • As you are aware we were left without a chairperson at the end of the AGM. The members at the AGM voted to have the new chairperson elected from within the committee. We are pleased to announce that Margaret Cahill has been appointed chairperson for the next 12 months. Thank you Margaret for stepping into the void and we are confident you will make an excellent chairperson.

NorthWrite 2015: Creating Books to be proud of

NorthWrite is over for another year. This year we held the event at Maungatapere School and focused on self-publishing. Our presenters both in the commercial and the whānau workshops were generous with their time and expertise, and feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to the organising committee (Maureen, Lesley, Margaret and Kathy) for a great event and to the many members who helped out on the day. We are now starting to plan for NorthWrite 2016 which will be held in August next year. We are hoping for a full weekend with numerous workshops, although this does depend on funding. To best deliver workshops targeted to the needs of Northland writers we will be sending a short questionnaire to those members who didn’t attend this year’s event.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Saturday 16 May 2015 at the Kings Theatre Creative in Kawakawa. This is an opportunity for members to get to know this wonderful new community theatre. Meet at the Trainspotter Cafe from 10.30am for coffee. The meeting will start in the Kings Theatre at 11am and will be followed by lunch (byo) and a presentation from Laur’ell Pratt who will introduce Kings Theatre Creative and the opportunities it presents for us to showcase the work of Northland poets and writers. We can also view the current art exhibition. 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 28 May 6pm – 8pm.

Fast Fibres 2 Northland Poetry

After the success of the first edition of Fast Fibres Poetry, the Fast Fibres Collective, are producing a second edition broadsheet and chapbook of poetry to display the talents of Northland poets under the title Fast Fibres 2. We invite poets with a strong connection to Northland, born here, live here, lived here, to contribute a total of two or three poems for the broadsheet and the chapbook. The deadline for receipt of poems is Thursday 25 June 2015. We will accept printed poems but prefer poems sent as attachments in rtf or doc format.

Submissions should be sent to fastfibres[at]live[dot]com or posted to Fast Fibres, 248 Jobe Road, RD8, Whangarei 0178

We will accept poems which have been previously published, as well as new work. Acknowledgments will be published at the foot of the poem. If you are submitting previously published work, it is your responsibility to ensure you are not breaching any agreements made with the publisher, and to include full details of the place of publication eg:, journal title and edition, book title and publisher details.

We will provide copies of the broadsheet free of charge, but will set a nominal price for the chapbook to help us recover some costs. We are also hoping for sponsorship support.

Fast Fibres will be edited by Piet Nieuwland and Martin Porter. Piet’s poems have been published in NZ and Australia including Mattoid, Snafu, Printout, Takahe, Trout, Spin, Tounge in Your Ear, Live Lines and most recently in Poetry NZ and Landfall. Martin’s writing can be found in the Whangarei based Take Flight broadsheets, has been featured in the UK and has recently been published in the U.S. based San Pedro River Review.

Whangarei Libraries 2015 Flash Fiction Competition

The Whangarei Libraries 2015 Flash Fiction Competition is now open for submissions and is free to enter. All details are here: Michelle Elvy and Martin Porter are the judges.

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.
  • In Kerikeri a collegial gathering to meet other writers from the wider Bay of Islands area and talk about opportunities to form local writers’ groups is planned for Thursday 21 May 5.30–7pm at The Community Room, Proctor Library, Cobham Drive, Kerikeri. These groups could include regularly getting together over a glass of wine or cup of coffee with one or two other writers, forming a larger group of writers in local areas, establishing a group of writers from a wider area with similar writing interests (e.g. poets, novelists, non-fiction writers, family history writers, journalists, editors, etc.) or setting up a more formal critique group to read and give feedback on each person’s writing. Tea and coffee will be supplied. If you would like further information please contact Kathy Derrick northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.

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


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


Auckland National Flash Fiction Day event

The Auckland National Flash Fiction Day event will take place Monday, June 22, in the evening. It will be held, as it has in past years, at the Auckland City Central Library. The NZ Society of Authors Auckland branch will present the Auckland Regional Award, and winners from the national comp will be announced (simultaneous with announcements at events in Wellington and Christchurch). We hope, also, that the Northland Regional Prize could be announced here, too. Contact Eileen Merriman for further information: emerriman81[at]gmail[dot]com

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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