PenNorth October 2017



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Our next meeting will be held on Saturday 21 October, from 11am at Tapuhi (refreshments available from 10.30am). The venue will be advised by email. It is suggested that members arrange carpooling from the Hukerenui pub.

Members’ Announcements

  • Zana Bell completed her PhD in Creative Writing through Auckland University of Technology, focusing on Zimbabwe/Rhodesia and issues of race, feminism and colonisation. The thesis was accompanied by a novel called Finding Billy.
  • Barbara Unković completed her Master of Creative Writing from Auckland University with honours.
  • Karen Phillips has received a preprint copy of her short story collection, A Question of Blood.
  • Justine Payen has been sent a preprint copy of All Dressed Up, a reader for six-to-eight-year-old children published by Wendy Pye.
  • Piet Nieuwland has had more success with his poetry: ‘Koru Kangaroo’ appears in Forty Years of Titirangi Poets, edited by Ron Riddell and launched at Going West Festival Auckland 2017.  His poem ‘Crossing Crossings’ appears in Truth Serum Vol.2 WISER 2017 (Adelaide, Australia). Several of his poems and flash fiction have been accepted for issues of Otoliths, Cordite and Bonsai Fiction, to be published later in 2017 or 2018.

21st Anniversary of Northland Branch

The Northland Branch 21st Anniversary will be held on Saturday 2 December 2017 at The Orchard in Whangarei. It will be a catered lunch and registration forms will be going out to members soon. Please contact Di if you have any old photographs of branch activities to share.


Poetry Events

  • Poets at TahiTahiOno will be held at 116 Bank Street, Whangarei, on Thursday 19 October, at 5pm. Gold coin door entry.
  • Dirty Word open mic will be held at the Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei, on Wednesday 11 October, at 7pm.

Hokianga Film Festival 20–23 October

The Hokianga Film Festival will be held in Rawene from 20-23 October. Full details are available here.

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 distributor 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 at 11am.

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:

NZ Poetry Society Conference and Festival 10-12 November

The NZ Poetry Society is holding a conference and festival from Friday 10 November to Sunday 12 November in Auckland. Full details 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.

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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