PenNorth June 2020

With the arrival of winter, we find ourselves moving into a new normality that may in some ways be better than the old one. Our bookshops are open and this headline from the International edition of The Guardian is reason for optimism:

Booksellers report huge growth of interest in New Zealand literature and an uptick in sales after lockdown lifted.


Next NZSA Northland Meeting

The next meeting will be held on 20 June 2020.  It will be a Zoom meeting, starting at 10 a.m. Karen Phillips will send the Zoom link and access instructions with the agenda. (Zoom is not difficult!)

National Flash Fiction Day’s 2020 online programme 

To ensure the safety of our reading and writing community, NFFD moves online this year. Please tune in to our online reading series and mark your diaries for June 22!
Online readings

  • YouTube reading series featuring new books, journal editors, youth readers, NFFD judges past and present, Bath novella-in-flash readings, City Chairs and more 

Subscribe to the YouTube channel and enter the June 22 Big Book Draw!

  • Micro Madness June 1-22 micro readings from our annual international micro competition, with lockdown micros and no-theme micros. Two per day! 
  • Book Day June 15, celebrating books published in 2020

NorthWrite update

NorthWrite 2020: Workshop Series

It is with heavy hearts that the NorthWrite committee has decided that the NorthWrite 2020: Workshop Series will no longer proceed either online or face-to-face. We held our Blogging for Writers webinar on Saturday 16 May to an appreciative audience but the remaining workshops will not run. If you are keen to see NorthWrite continue and would like to be part of the committee organising these events, please send an email to northlandauthors[at]

It is possible that NZSA Northland will hold a NZ Book Week event in October. This will not be under the NorthWrite umbrella, but if it proceeds we will be sure to give you all the details here as well as on the NorthWrite website

Call for submissions

From Michelle Elvy

Kia ora friends – putting out the call for submissions for the Flash Frontier July MATARIKI issue. The MATARIKI issue is guest edited by Apirana Taylor with Vaughn Rapatahana; submissions close June 30. Please share with poets and other writers – seeking submissions of Flash Fiction and Prose Poetry!


Congratulations to Stephanie Nixon who has won the RWNZ Daphne de Jong First Kiss Competition. This is sponsored by NZSA Northland in recognition of Daphne, a long-time valued member of the international writing community and Northland branch in particular. 

Members Books

A reminder that you can advertise your book with us in PenNorth. This month, Caroline Lawson shares her recent publication.

Memories of a Community Cop by Caroline Lawson

Quin Turton served as a cop for the district of Kawakawa/Moerewa. The policeman’s days were often dramatic, culminating in his involvement in the Moerewa riot of ’79. In spite of sometimes seeing the dark side of rural life, he never lost faith in the local people. He worked tirelessly for the youths, trying to steer their high spirit into sports to prevent boredom and frustration. Read why his interim posting, turned into many years of policing, with and for the people. Quin eventually retired in Kawakawa and continued working and helping the people he enjoyed so much.

Available from the author: carolinelawsonauthor[at]  ($25.00) From Amazon, or on request from your local library. ISBN: 9780994147813   Also available as an e-book.



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