PenNorth June 2015



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NorthWrite 2015: Satellite Series

We have been asked by Schooner Café in the Hokianga if we will run the NorthWrite 2015 whānau publishing programme later in the year. We are currently considering doing this in late July or in August. It will be open to all, even those who attended the NorthWrite event at Maungatapere School. The programme will be similar but will be run completely by NZSA Northland members. We will keep you informed.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Saturday 20 June 2015 in the Kaipara district. Full details will be sent by email to Northland members. Dates for all the 2015 meetings can be found here.


Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa

After last month’s meeting Lau’rell Pratt discussed with us plans for Kings Theatre Creative and collaboration opportunities for NZSA writers and poets. August’s exhibition will be based around writing and writers as well as art, and writers are welcome to become involved – running workshops, performance poetry or readings.  Contact Lau’rell at kingstheatrecreative[at]gmail[dot]com

Lau’rell is also keen to display and sell books by Northland writers.  It’s already a writer-friendly space, with several of the current art works incorporating poetry. Books would be offered on the basis that the gallery pays writers when their books sell. Writers could perhaps donate one copy of their books for display and for people to browse through, while copies for sale could be housed in the locked cabinet.

So if you have books ready for sale and would like to sell them through the gallery, contact Lau’rell and she’ll be happy to set it up with you.  We’re really grateful to her for her enthusiasm, and if it works we should perhaps consider creating book-sale spaces in other community galleries or museums.

Poets Exposed

Northland LIVE POETRY providing feedback, discussion and critique at the Old Library, Whangarei. Admission: Koha. Thursday 25 June 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.

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.
  • Writers’ groups are being established in Kerikeri and the wider Bay of Islands area. These are open to all writers whether members of NZSA or not. If you, or someone you know, would like further information please contact Kathy Derrick northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com.

Whangarei Community Publications Trust

A reminder that the Whangarei Community Publications Trust is an online community forum for Northlanders. They are seeking volunteers to submit news, opinion pieces, and everything inbetween, including creative writing and flash fiction. Please get in touch with editor Vivienne Shepherd or Mike Botur if you can contribute – /

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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