PenNorth December 2015



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Members’ Announcements

  • Trish Nicholson’s new travel memoir Inside the Crocodile is entered for The People’s Book Prize, judged by public vote. There is no requirement to purchase – the first two chapters are given as an extract. If you like what you read, Trish would appreciate your vote here:
  • Donna Blaber has been accepted into the 2016 Master of Creative Writing Programme at AUT. Her thesis is a children’s novel for 9-12 year olds.

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. This month we look at Rae Roadley’s book, Love at the End of the Road.

Love at the End of the Road by Rae Roadley

Cover-LEOR-Rae RoadleySoon after returning to her hometown in Northland, New Zealand to work as a journalist, Rae meets farmer Rex Roadley through a rural dating service.
Rex’s beef and sheep farm at Batley, on the Kaipara Harbour, has been in his family for almost a century, however now the only evidence of the spot’s fascinating historic past is a magnificent two-storeyed villa standing alone on the point.
Neither Rae nor Rex are youngsters and their love affair, relationship and lives together go through many twists and turns.
Meanwhile Rae, a lifelong city dweller, learns to cope with mud, managing a large house and garden, the intricacies of farming, and the frustrations of life in the backblocks, while getting to know the locals and assorted animals – from wild kittens to wild bulls.
Rae’s charming story is beautifully written from the heart. Not only does she find love with Rex, but she finds out more about herself than she knew. Woven through her account are stories about the great house itself at Batley and the surrounding countryside. (First published by Penguin).

To get a hard copy, email:  rae at
To get the ebook on Amazon: Click here.

 Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Saturday 19 December 2015 at the Hukerenui Pub and Cafe. The café will put on lunch with tea and instant coffee for $15 pp. Counter food and barista coffee will also be available if you prefer. Unfortunately gluten free food is not available but you are welcome to bring your own. Please come and join us for our Christmas meeting. Dates for 2016 meetings can be found here.

Summer Picnic

We are planning a holiday picnic for Northland writers and their families at the Whangarei Museum and Heritage Park in Manu towards the end of January. We will keep you posted.


Poetry Events

The last Poets at Piano Bar for 2016 will be held on Thursday 17 December at the Piano Bar in Rust Avenue, Whangarei.

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.


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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