PenNorth June 2017



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Our next meeting will be held on Sunday 25 June, from 11am at Kings Theatre Creative in Kawakawa (come earlier to grab a coffee from a local café). The meeting will be followed by NorthWrite 2017: National Flash Fiction Day Workshop and Readings.

Members’ Announcements

  • Lesley Marshall attended a book launch in Dunedin for Astride a Fierce Wind by Huberta Hellendoorn, edited by Lesley and published by Mākaro Press. She also held a workshop on editing.
  • Wendy Megget has had an article ‘Taking your Garden from Paltry to Poultry’ published in the June issue of Kiwi Gardener, and has been contracted as a regular contributor.
  • Derin Attwood is starting a new critiquing group. Details are on the Northland Events Page.
  • Heather Whelan has had two articles published in the latest Motorhomes, Caravans, and Destinations
  • Piet Nieuwland has had a poem, ‘Villa Schifanoja 1’, published in Landfall 223.
  • Di Menefy participated in the Storylines tour of Northland. Early childhood centres were included for the first time.  Di wrote a play and used puppets in her presentation, which was well received by the children.
  • Donna Blaber has completed her Master of Creative Writing with First Class Honours. Congratulations Donna.

Kathie Pilbrow Obituary 

Kathie was the first secretary of the Northland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors when we started in 1996. After that she was on the committee for years and her bookshop Chapter 1 offered 10% discount to our members.
Although she had very little time for it, Kathie was a good writer. One of her short stories was placed in the national competition run by the Northland branch, and she’d almost completed a novel before her health made it too difficult to work on it.
I’ll always remember the launch of my first novel at Chapter 1 in the Town Basin – a special day that Kathie organised with her wonderful talent for bringing people together and making you feel special. Kathie enriched many lives and she will be missed.

by Di Menefy

Members’ Books

This month’s featured book is Jody Reynolds’ Crossing the Divide short story series.

The Golden Cockroach, Riding Shotgun, and Square Pegs are the first three books in the Crossing the Divide short story series, written by J.B. Reynolds. Melding tragedy with comedy and switching between settings in Central Otago and Brisbane, each story focuses on a different character and explores that character’s struggle to connect with the people in their lives.
Book 1 – The Golden Cockroach
Nina’s dinner date is an insufferable jerk who only wants to talk about himself, but an unexpected guest makes her evening out a memorable one.
Book 2 – Riding Shotgun
It’s Evelyn’s turn to drive her friends to work. But are they even her friends? The road to Queenstown is a treacherous one, and as the fog gets thicker, her thoughts get darker.
Book 3 – Square Pegs
Tired, thirsty, and frustrated, Darryl wants only two things – a beer, and to be left alone by his troublesome neighbours. Fate, however, has other ideas.

Books 1 – 3 are available as ebooks from major ebook stores, with Book 4 due out later this year. Head to to find out more.


NorthWrite 2017: National Flash Fiction Day Workshop and Readings

This year’s NorthWrite event will be held at Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa, on 25 June 2017 in conjunction with National Flash Fiction Day. It will consist of a one-hour, flash fiction workshop, followed by flash fiction readings from Northland writers. Flash fiction writer, Vivian Thonger, will facilitate the workshop accompanied by improvised music from Ambients. The workshop will run from 1.30 – 2.30pm, followed by an afternoon tea break and then flash fiction readings from 3 – 4pm. The workshop is $10 per person and can be paid in cash on the day or by internet banking. If you wish to pay by internet banking, please complete the form on the NorthWrite page or email northlandauthors[at]gmail[dot]com. More information is available on the NorthWrite website.

21st Anniversary of Northland Branch

The Northland Branch 21st Anniversary will be held on Saturday, 2 December 2017. We will let you know the details closer to the time.

Poetry Events

  • Poets at ONEONESIX will be held at 116 Bank Street, Whangarei, on Thursday,  15 June at 5pm
  • Call for submissions: Fast Fibres Poetry Collective is producing a fourth collection presenting the work of Northland poets. It will be launched in print and online on National Poetry Day, August 25, 2017. Poets with a strong connection to Northland are invited to submit 3 poems, along with a two-line biographical statement. Deadline: June 16 Email: fastfibres[at]live[dot]com Web:

Writers Up North

Members are encouraged to visit for Northland writing updates and to send their writing news to admin[at]  Members are also encouraged to use the Facebook group Writers Up North.

Creative Junction Magazine

Creative Junction is a new magazine with a Tai Tokerau focus. Please contact publisher and editor Pippa Bourke (pippa[at]creativejunction[dot]nz) for advertising enquiries or to share your news. There are also openings for writers to contribute.

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.


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

Please contact Kathy or Di if you have any announcements, items of interest or achievements you would included in this monthly newsletter.

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