PenNorth August 2020

“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.”  Bruce Garrabrandt – artist and author

In our far-from-perfect world, let’s never stop making those creative moments.


Next NZSA Northland Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Saturday 15th August 2020.  It will be a Zoom meeting, starting at 10 a.m. Karen Phillips will send the Zoom link.

2020 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day.

(NOTE: Changes may be necessary according to Covid 19 restrictions.)  


Fast Fibres Poetry 7 Launch

Date/time: Thursday 20 August, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Location: ONEONESIX Community Centre, 116 Bank Street Whangarei

Poetry Posse & Fast Fibres Poets at Kāri Āhua. The Āhua Garden.

Date/time: Friday 21 August, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Location: Kāri Āhua. The Āhua Garden 22 Bank Street Whangarei

Poetry Popup

Date/Time: Saturday 22 August from 10am till 12midday.

Location: Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangarei


Kings Theatre Creative Poetry Open Mic

Date /Time: Sunday 23 August from 1 to 3pm

Location: Kings Theatre Creative, 80 Gillies Street, Kawakawa

Contact: Piet Nieuwland 0274805548



Lauren Roche’s debut novel Mila and the Boneman has been signed for publication by Quentin Wilson Publishing. Lauren completed a Diploma in Advanced Writing through NorthTec in 2019 and is currently working on her Masters in Creative Writing through AUT.

Congratulations, Lauren! (More information to follow.)

Our congratulations to the NZSA Complete MS Assessment Programme 2020 recipients: Geoff Allen, Gina Cole, Jo Danilo, Frank Eggleton, Tracie Lark, Barbara MacKinnon, Simone McKegg, Anne Moir, Samantha Montgomerie, Sarah Taggart, Angela Trolove, Angela Walker, and Karen Zelas.

Great to see two Northlanders – Jo (Kerikeri) and Tracie (Whangarei) among them!


Flying Solo – Anthology of NZ Writing

Are you interested in submitting your work to be considered for inclusion in a themed anthology on the experience of single parenting?

We want to read your take on ‘solo parenting’ whether humorous, enlightening, or challenging in the genre of your choice: poetry, prose (creative non-fiction), or short fiction. More

A Plethora of Pavlova

Kathy Derrick and Jac Jenkins’ Pavlova Press is the guest editor for the October issue of Flash Frontier – the theme (no surprises!) is pavlova. Closing date 30 September.

You can check out the Flash Frontier submissions page:

Kathy and Jac are also supporting the next Word of Mouth open mic at the Plough and Feather in Kerikeri in August (date to be advised). Again the theme is … pavlova.

So, if you have any great stories featuring pavlova, why not submit them? And if not, write one now…


Te Papa Tupu

Do you know an inspiring Maori writer with a manuscript, who is striving to take a step forward in their journey to publishing?

Are they feeling stuck about where to go next?

You can help by encouraging them to apply for Te Papa Tupu, and they could be one of six writers chosen for this unique writing programme that will help them build their confidence and improve their writing in six months.

Te Papa Tupu is administered by Huia Publishers, which shares our vision of growing Māori writers. Their team of experts will partner writers with a mentor who will work with them to develop a publishable manuscript.

To help them succeed in Te Papa Tupu and focus on writing, they will:

  • gain advice and help from a mentor to improve their manuscript
  • receive financial support throughout the six-month programme
  • attend three workshops and a national writers’ festival
  • connect with like-minded people.

Who can apply?

  • Māori writers who live in Aotearoa and have a completed manuscript
  • Writers of novels, short stories, children’s books, young adult novels and non-fiction written in English or te reo Māori
  • Writers who are committed to attending, learning and fulfilling their dream of being published

To apply:
Writers must submit their manuscript online at by 23 August 2020.

Kia kaha! Help us to support a new wave of talent on their writing journey.


At PenNorth we welcome announcements of newly publish books. See the link to the Contributor Guidelines below.



We invite your participation: A link to your Blog, a video/audio recording of you reading your book/short story/poem, news, updates…

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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 contributors’ guidelines for requirements.

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Published by Patricia Fenton

“The way we were” I began my teaching career in New Zealand and later worked in international schools around the globe before being appointed to the International Baccalaureate with responsibility for authoring curriculum and professional development publications. In recent times, I’ve combined my passion for writing and education to produce my first novel, Beyond the Rimu Grove. My aim was to capture and communicate “The way we were.” I’m now working on my second novel entitled War Bride. It’s a fictionalized account of the life of my late mother-in-law, Pru Fenton who met and married her Kiwi soldier in Cirencester, England in 1942.

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