PenNorth October 2015



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Members’ Announcements

  • Janine Mc Veagh has been asked to write a short biography of Priscilla Wakefield for a British literary encyclopaedia.
  • Heather Whelan continues to have travel stories published monthly in Caravans, Motorhomes and Destinations – this month her 17th is being published. She has an article in the current issue of the UK magazine This England and another one coming up. She also has a piece being published in Wilderness magazine.
  • Some exciting news from Michelle in Madagascar whose daughter, Lola, has just started a creative website with a friend for children and young adults. Michelle writes, “If you know people who may be interested, please share their link and the call for submissions — here. It would be lovely to see students who are keen about creative writing helping launch this new community of young writers. Lola and Tristan are hoping for geographical diversity, as well as diversity of content. They are interested in art and music as well as writing. So thanks in advance for sharing with anyone you think would be happy to know about it.”

Please remember to let us know of your achievements so we can celebrate your success with you.

Members’ Books

We would like to encourage members to discuss their books on this site. You can have one book (or one series of books) featured in PenNorth (until all members have had an opportunity and then you are welcome to feature another one) which will also be displayed on our Books page here. Descriptions should be kept to around 200 words. If you are interested, please send an image of the cover and your description to Kathy or to northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com. Our second featured book is Writing Your Nonfiction Book: The Complete Guide to Becoming an Author by Trish Nicholson, published by Matador, 2014.

Writing Your Nonfiction Book: The Complete Guide to Becoming an Author by Trish Nicholson


Trish's BookTo be ‘the complete guide’ is a big claim, but Writing Your Nonfiction Book was written at the instigation of an international writers’ college specifically to give detailed techniques, advice and information for the whole process of producing a narrative non-fiction book: planning, research, writing, editing, choosing publishing options, and marketing – including how to benefit from social media. Separate sections provide additional tips for writing sub-genres: travel, local and family history, autobiography and biography, how-to, self-help and text books. The author draws on forty years’ experience of writing and publishing, updated for the present challenging times.

Written in a friendly, accessible style, the book is suitable for beginners, but there is much here for experienced writers, even, as several reviewers point out, for writers of fiction. Appendices include a seven-page glossary of common writing, printing and publishing terms, and a long list of useful resources and websites relevant to New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the UK, as well as the USA. The focus is on creative or narrative non-fiction. In its review, the writers’ and publishers’ ezine, Words with JAM describe it as “an essential manual for writers of every sort”.

Writing Your Nonfiction Book is available as a paperback from The Book Depository and as an ebook from Amazon, Apple and other digital suppliers.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Saturday 17 October 2015 at the Hukerenui Pub and Cafe. Full details will be sent by email to Northland members. Dates for all the 2015 meetings can be found here.


Poetry Events

Thursday 22 October 5pm start Poets at Piano Bar – Piano Bar and Restaurant, Rust Avenue, Whangarei. Poetry readings, discussion and critique.

Thursday 14 October 7pm start Dirty Word Open Mic – Old Stone Butterfactory, Whangarei. Spoken word and poetry.

Kings Theatre Creative

As the creative gateway to the Far North, Kawakawa, along with Kings Theatre Creative, is proud to bring you a preview of the 45 artists participating in the 2015 Kerikeri Open Arts Studio Trail (KOAST). The show runs through to Labour weekend, so we hope to see you soon.

 Other Northland Events

A full list of Northland writing events and opportunities (including writers’ groups and information on the Whangarei Community Publications Trust) can be found here.


Words on a Small Island

The Waiheke Literary Festival will be held from 13–15 November. The programme is available here.

Te Hā ki Tāmaki Māori Writers’ Workshop

1 Flyer Wananga

The Northern Branch of The Māori Writers’ Group, Te Hā ki Tāmaki, is holding their first Writer’s Workshop from 16–18 Oct, on Waiheke Island. Scheduled start time is Friday at 6pm and it finishes at 3pm on the Sunday. Writers of all ethnicities are welcome to attend, regardless of skill or experience level. Numbers are capped for logistical purposes so the sooner people register the sooner their places will be confirmed.

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.


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

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