PenNorth October 2016



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Our next meeting will take place on Sunday 30 October at 11am at Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa. This will be followed at 1.30pm by our New Zealand Book Week event, featuring Aroha Harris. nz-book-week-event-a4-poster

This month we encourage you to support New Zealand Book Week by reading a book by a New Zealand writer. Support your local library or independent bookshop. The Procter Library in Kerikeri has put together a display of books by local authors to make it easy for people to find a title in their preferred genre. Look out for the display we are mounting in the Proctor Library window during the last week of October.


Display of books by Northland writers at the Proctor Library, Kerikeri

Members’ Announcements

  • Rae Roadley has published a novel, Have a Heart, on Amazon The Omahu and Gunn families have been in conflict ever since Jack Gunn’s ancestors ‘stole’ Glory Omahu’s family land. Now Glory and Jack are back in their New Zealand coastal hometown with very different goals. Can love overcome generations of mistrust, a clash of cultures and stolen family treasures? An excerpt was highly commended in the Northwrite competition and is available to read here.

Please let Kathy or Margaret know if you have any achievements you would like to announce.

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. Remember this is your forum. If you would like your book featured then please let us know.



The Mangawhai Museum is holding a Creative Writing Workshop with Lynne Dawson on Saturday 29th October. Cost $10. Includes morning tea at 9.45am and lunch. Workshop 10am–12 noon, Lunch, Workshop 1pm–3pm. For more information or registration please contact Emma, phone 09 4314645. Numbers are limited.

Poetry Events

Poets @ Bohemia, 14 Rust Avenue, Whangarei, Thursday 20 October 5 – 8pm. Live poetry for you by you of you.

Northland Writing Groups

The National Office of NZSA is updating information about writers’ groups around the country. If you are a member of a writing group that would like to be listed on the NZSA website, please email us on northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com with the name of the group, contact details, venues and meeting times.

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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