PenNorth September 2020

“There’s life without the internet?

Really? Send me the link.” (Anon)


Next NZSA Northland Meeting

Saturday 19th September at 11.00 am, in Maungatapere. Karen Phillips will send the agenda, including directions for the venue.

Poets at ONEONESIX …

…will meet at 116 Bank Street, Whangarei

Date: Thursday 17 September, 5.00 pm to 7.30pm.


The recently published Fast Fibres Poetry 7 is available from

Congratulations to Karen Phillips on the publication of her second collection of short stories!

Publishing in the time of Covid-19

Karen Phillips will read from her 2nd short story collection Glass Houses published by The Cuba Press and talk about the ups and downs of publishing a book in Covid-19 times.  Lesson learned:  check for stray viruses before starting. 

Date:  Saturday 3 October at 10:30. 

Venue:  No 1 Parnell Gallery, Rawene

Call for Submissions

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:

Wanted to Buy

A copy of Mists of Time: Myths and Legends of Ngapuhi by Bunty Howearth

Contact Lesley Marshall



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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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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