PenNorth September 2017



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Our next meeting will be held on Saturday, 16 September, from 11am in Ruakaka (refreshments available from 10.30am). The venue will be advised by email. It’s suggested that members contact others in their area to arrange carpooling to Ruakaka.  Jenny Nagle, NZSA CEO, will be at the meeting and would love to meet Northland members.

Members’ Announcements

  • Kath Wynn’s poem “Fever” has been published in Fast Fibres Poetry 4 and her article “The Road That Grew – Nisbet Road Whatitiri” has been published in True Tales of Mountains and Memories. Kath has also completed another biography for Hospice.
  • Justine Payen has posted “A Mother’s Nightmare”on her blog.  It covers the first year after her son’s accident, and was written for a Massey University paper on life writing.
  • Piet Nieuwland launched  Fast Fibres Poetry 4 on 17 August. He was interviewed in The Northern Advocate. His  poem “Like Daily Bread” was published in the Atlanta Review – New Zealand Edition. Piet’s  flash fiction piece, “Next to Te Uru” was published in Inane– Pure Slush Vol. 14, and “Humid over Kaikoura Island” was published in The Blue Note Review.
  • Michael Botur is crowdfunding his YA novel, Moneyland. Details are here.

21st Anniversary of Northland Branch

The Northland Branch 21st Anniversary will be held on Saturday, 2 December 2017 at The Orchard in Whangarei. We will let you know details closer to the time. Please contact Di if you have any old photographs of branch activities to share.


Poetry Events

  • Poets at ONEONESIX will be held at 116 Bank Street, Whangarei, on Thursday, 21 September, at 5pm. Gold coin door entry.
  • Dirty Word open mic will be held at the Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei, on Wednesday 13 September, at 7pm.

NZ Book Week 23–29 October 2017

This year the Proctor Library in Kerikeri will once again focus on Northland authors for New Zealand Book Week. There will be a display of local authors and their books in the foyer. If you have good quality posters you would like incorporated into the display, please contact Kathy at kderrick[at]xtra[dot]co[dot]nz.

You can use this link to check whether your book is in the FNDC library system.  If you aren’t on the list, you can search the library catalogue. If you are in the catalogue but not on the Northland list, contact Kathy and she will pass your name on to the librarian. If members’ books aren’t in the catalogue, they should contact their publisher or distributer to ask if the FNDC Library has been approached with their books.

To celebrate New Zealand Book Week, the Proctor Library is hosting a talk by Alison Jones, author of Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds, on Thursday 26th October.

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




Takahē Short Story Competition 2017

This year the Takahē short story competition will be judged by Eileen Merriman. Maximum length for each story submitted is 2,500 words and entries must be submitted no later than Thursday 30th November 2017. The results and the winning story will be published in Takahē 92 (April 2018), and all entries will considered for publication. To find out more, visit the website:

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.

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

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