PenNorth April 2017



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Due to Easter, our next meeting will be held on the 22 April, from 11am at Hikurangi. The venue will be advised in the agenda.

Members’ Announcements

  • Piet Nieuwland has had poems accepted for publication in Landfall and Brief and the Atlantic Review.
  • Michelle Cumber’s book, Salt Skin, has been published on Amazon.
  • Jody Reynolds’ short story, Square Pegs, edited by Lesley Marshall, is to be published on Amazon next week.
    Tired, thirsty, and frustrated, Darryl wants only two things: a) a beer, and b) to be left alone by his troublesome neighbours. Fate, however, has other ideas. A darkly humorous short story about an angry young man struggling to find his way in the world and connect with the people in his life. It is the third volume in a series of contemporary short stories exploring the tensions and conflicts we often face in our relationships with others, be they lovers, friends, family, neighbours, or random strangers. Find out more about Square Pegs and other stories by J.B. Reynolds at

Members’ Books

This month’s featured book is The Tale of Prince by Bianca Staines

It’s a dog’s life but Prince couldn’t have asked for a better one. An unblemished pedigree, a loving family, weekly grooming and a bowl always full of delicious Auntie Cher’s Amazing Biscuits. What more could a handsome, aristocratic pooch want? But when a stray, flat-faced she-dog, Bennie, comes trudging through his territory, chewing his toys and stealing his beloved Humans’ hearts, his perfect life turns to mush. Prince wants it all back, just the way it was! Yet getting rid of the despicable Bennie seems harder than getting cat pee out of the carpet… Then, one night, Bennie disappears without a trace. Accused of murder by the Council of Pets, Prince will have to face the world outside his beautiful, white mansion. A world of usurped kingdoms, laughing demons, peculiar vets and fighting dogs until his journey to find Bennie will lead him to confront his most terrible foe yet and, on the way, find the wolf that lives inside every dog. Available for purchase here.



Opening event: Thursday April 6 5pm–7pm
Exhibition open to the public: 7 April–4 May 2017
Dates and Times: Wednesday 10am–6pm, Thursday and Friday 10am–4pm. At other times the gallery is open by appointment.
This is an exciting, collaborative exhibition between three diverse groups of artists. Each artist has worked using different limited conditions either imposed by their work or their life. There are four artists from the Northland Correctional Facility, four ex-students from NorthTec (Hamish Oakley-Browne, Sean Gray, Andy Kingston and Trish Clarke), and four professional working artists. (Jeff Thomson, Piet Nieuwland, Beth Hill and Leanne Jackson). They have been teamed in a game of ‘art-tag’ for which each participant has created an artwork, this work has been passed on to the next artist in their team and so on. The participants are from a broad range of specialities, including painting, carving, music, writing and metalwork.

Flash Fiction Workshops




Poetry Events

  • Dirty Word open mic poetry will be held at the Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei, Wednesday, 12 April at 7pm.
  • Poets at ONEONESIX will be held at 116 Bank Street, Whangarei, on Thursday,  20 April at 5pm
  • A new poetry group is starting at the Whangarei Library. Next meeting Tuesday, 18 April at 3.30pm. All welcome.
  • Fast Fibres Four: Call for submissions
    Fast Fibres Poetry Collective is producing a fourth collection to present the talent of Northland poets. It will be launched in print and online on National Poetry Day, August 25, 2017. We invite poets with a strong connection to Northland to submit 3 poems along with a two-line biographical statement. Deadline: June 16 Email: fastfibres[at] Web:

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


2017 NFFD Competition

The 2017 National Flash Fiction Day Competition is open. 300-word entries can be submitted between February 15–April 30. There are two categories: Adult (19+) judged by Michael Harlow and Emma Neale, and youth (18 and under) judged by Fleur Beale and Heather McQuillan. There are generous cash prizes for both categories. Winners will be announced June 22 at the NFFD celebrations, and all winners are invited to attend and share their stories. Full competition entry details are available  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.


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries. This presents an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. Short fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit

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