PenNorth October 2018

Book weekThis month it’s Book Week and that means another fun celebration at Kings Theatre Creative.
For a good laugh
check out our Caption Competition winning entry, as well as the Classified Ads – Lesley needs your help finding a copy of an old favourite book.

Next Meeting

The October meeting is on Sunday 28 October at Kings Theatre Creative, 80 Gillies Street, Kawakawa at 11am, to be followed by a NZ Book Week event with Northland’s shortlisted writers for the Ockham NZ Book Awards 2018. Come early to enjoy coffee at the wonderful cafés in Kawakawa.

Latest News

Hokianga Essay Competition Results

Last month’s Hokianga Book Festival included announcements of the winners of the Small is Beautiful Essay Competition, judged by Dr Cathy Gunn, Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Auckland.
Six finalists were chosen whose works will feature in a publication to be released before Christmas: Janine McVeagh, Seabourne Rust, Mike Bracey, Chelsea Karl, Sandy Myhre and Mark Carey. Of these writers a single winner was to be chosen but Cathy found it impossible to decide between two essays, each outstanding in their originality. One lyrical, poignant and self-reflecting, the other sophisticated, astute and incisive. The awards were made to Mark Carey and Chelsea Karl.
Check the No.1 Parnell Facebook page for the award ceremony.

NorthWrite Short Story Competition – Winning Stories

Read the stories from the top three place getters on the NorthWrite site.

Does Literature Exist North of Auckland?

Whangarei writer Michael Botur examines whether literature exists in any shape or form in Northland – home to Sam Hunt, Kelly Ana Morey, and a romance writer who sells more books than you’ve had hot dinners or whatever.
Read more…

What’s On?

NZ Book Week Event – Northland

The Northland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors invites you to attend a celebration of writing with Northland Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalists Annaleese Jochems and Briar Wood. They will be interviewed by local dynamo Vivian Thonger, with opportunities for questions from the audience, as well as entertainment, discussions and networking with our vibrant writing community. Please come along and support writing in Northland.

Book week poster
Annaleese_Jochems_RESIZE (1)Annaleese Jochems was born in in Northland and grew up on a Northland farm between Kawakawa and Kaikohe. After high school, Annaleese moved to Auckland to study Creative Writing at the Manukau Institute of Technology, and in 2016 studied at the International Institute of Modern Letters where she completed the Master of Arts in Creative Writing. The manuscript that she produced won her the prestigious Adam foundation prize for best manuscript and would become her first book, Baby, published by Victoria University Press in 2017.Baby cover In 2018 Baby was shortlisted for the Acorn Fiction Award, New Zealand’s biggest fiction prize, at The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. She took home the Hubert Church prize for best first book. International guest judge Alan Taylor described Baby as “the kind of novel that lingers in the memory long after you put it down. It is by any standard a remarkable debut novel by a young writer who has set a very high bar for herself.”
Baby is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape by one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand fiction.

Briar WoodBriar Wood grew up in South Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, but until 2012 she lived and worked as a lecturer in Britain. Her Welcome Beltane (Palores Press, 2012) made poetic links between family histories and contemporary places. Briar’s recent collection, Rāwāhi (Anahera Press, 2017) focuses on her return to places in Northland where her Te Hikutū ki Hokianga, Ngāpuhi Nui whakapapa is aligned with ecological concerns. Rāwāhi was shortlisted for the Poetry Award at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
Rawahi-Front-CoverIn Rāwāhi (meaning ‘overseas’), Wood weaves lyrical seascapes revealing people and places inspired by her home in New Zealand and her travels and time living overseas. Rāwāhi journeys from Aotearoa New Zealand to London, Europe and back again. Paula Green of NZ Poetry Shelf says, “This book draws upon whakapapa, love, relations, ecology, the past and the present. Its warmth and its empathy are infectious.”

Poetry EventsFFP5 cover

  • Dirty Word at Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei, Wednesday 10 October 7pm
  • Poets at ONEONESIX, 116 Bank Street, Whangarei, Thursday 18 October 5pm

Fast Fibres Poetry Five available from fastfibres[at]
$10 for one copy, $15 for two copies.

Creative Writing Workshop – Dargaville

On Saturday October 6 Northland indie author Michael Botur will be delivering a down-to-earth workshop on fiction writing.
The workshop looks at how to get fiction writing completed and self-published, in particular looking at the workflow required to get a story polished on the page so you as an author can be confident publishing the work in a literary magazine or online.
Find out more here.

A full list of Northland writing events, opportunities and writers’ groups can be found here.

Caption Competition

This month’s winner of the coveted virtual chocolate fish is Kit Fletcher. Thanks to everyone who sent in their funny captions.

Kathy Derrick 1
“Just act natural. They’re blaming the neighbour’s Alsatian.  Better wash though, Mitzy, I can smell guinea pig all over you.”

Below is this month’s photo requiring a fun caption, thanks to Media Lab. Please limit your caption to 25 words and send it to northlandauthors[at] by 20th of October.


Since this is a low/no budget publication, winners (and there may be more than one) will get their captions printed in the next edition and receive a virtual chocolate fish. The competition is open to anyone.
Please also email us funny photos or drawings (make sure you have the copyright) for future issues.


Unclie glennWanted to buy: Uncle Glenn and Me by Glenn Colquhoun illustrated by Kevin Wildman. This is a much-loved picture book but now my children are having children my only copy is in danger of being purloined. Lesley Marshall editline[at]

Please send us any little bits and pieces that you think might be useful for our Northland members. This includes any writing services you offer, links to useful (or fun) websites that you want to share, writing jobs you hear about, or even a request for a copy of an out-of-print book. Priority will be given to fresh content. Please refer to the contributor’s guidelines for requirements.

Competitions and Opportunities

Words will workNew Writing Festival – South Auckland

If you are in South Auckland on 26-27 October, head along to Words Will Work – a new writing festival. Registration is essential. The programme can be found here

Literary Funding

The Mātātuhi Foundation has been established by the Auckland Writers Festival to support the development of the literary landscape of New Zealand.
The Foundation aims to support activities that provide opportunities for New Zealand writers to develop and promote their works and for readers to increase their appreciation of New Zealand literature and/or increase their engagement with the work of New Zealand writers. It will also fund activities that contribute to literacy in Aotearoa and/or provide transformative experiences for readers of New Zealand literature, and thereby enhance appreciation for the works of New Zealand writers.
The Foundation initially aims to make up to ten one-off grants of $2000-$5000 per year, contingent on available funds. Expressions of interest are invited twice a year, with deadlines of 31 October and 31 May.

Kill Your Darlings: Online Writers Workshops

Online literary magazine Kill Your Darlings is now presenting its popular in-person creative-writing workshops in a new online format.
The KYD writers’ workshops are ideal for emerging and early-to-mid-career authors who wish to develop their creative practice at their own pace. New workshops now include approaches to genre writing, taught by guest teachers prominent in their fields.

The Carter Brown Mystery Writing Award

This competition is open to all writers over the age of 18 writing novella-length adult crime/mystery fiction (around 20,000–50,000 words). Entries close 5 pm AEST 31 October 2018. The winner will be announced in February 2019 and the winning entry will be published in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in May 2019. Find out more.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

NaNoWriMoNaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On 1 November, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on 30 November. Valuing enthusiasm, determination and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
Things are already ramping up now to ensure writers will be ready to go on the day, so sign up for inspiration, pep talks, badges and heaps of fun.

For information on other competitions and awards check out the Calendar of Opportunities on your NZSA website’s members-only page.

Please email Wendy or northlandauthors[at] if you have any announcements, items of interest or achievements you would like included in this monthly newsletter.
Refer to our contributor guidelines.


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