Interim PenNorth November 2020

Lots going on so an extra edition this month!


Next NZSA Northland Meeting

Sunday 13th December at 11am at Di Menefy’s home, for end-of-year celebration, shared lunch and Courage Day postcards. Karen Phillips will send directions for the venue with the agenda.

Note that this will be held on a Sunday, not the usual Saturday.

Please contact other members to make car-pooling arrangements.


Thursday 26 November 5.00pm – 7.30pm 116 Bank Street Whangarei

Thursday 17 December 5.00pm – 7.30pm 116 Bank Street Whangarei

Book launch

Book launch of ‘The Light is Inconsolable’ by Dianne Stoppard and Arthur Fairley Thursday 26 November Hangar Gallery 5.30 to 7.30pm

Support our local poet Arthur Fairley

Book launch

Book Launch of ‘Still Lives’ by Marilyn Garson Thursday 26 November, 7pm Catholic Parish Centre, Park Ave, Kensington


The Valley Voice

We are launching a new monthly community newspaper for the Mangakahia Valley called The Valley Voice.

I am keen to showcase the work of local authors in each issue (poetry and prose). We are aiming for a launch date in January. Authors in the Maungakahia region – Poroti, Titoki, Parakao, Pakotai, Twin Bridges (and also Maungatapere and Tangiteroria) are invited to contribute. (Word limit:500)

Melanie Haycock
The Valley Voice



We are wanting to photograph all the women working in the ‘arts’ in Whangarei:

Visual Artists – Actors – Musicians – Writers – Designers – PerformersArts administrators – Videographers – Gallerists



We have set up a studio on Bank St in the Northland Youth Theatre rooms (top floor of the Butter Factory building.) Please let us photograph you for our community art project. Contact us to book a time, or just turn up.

Tuesdays and Fridays (for the next few weeks) 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Ellie Smith and Zana Bell

Email: esmith[at] for further details


The great #KiwiChristmasBooks campaign is on for 2020! As part of a nationwide initiative, I’m collecting new books for Kiwi kids in need this Christmas and I’d love your support. Next time you are in a bookshop or online, please consider buying a children’s book or two (picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA are all welcome) to donate.

All books will be delivered to the Whangārei Women’s Refuge, who will distribute them as Christmas presents among the young people whose families are using their services this festive season.

Please, no second-hand books; these kids are generally having a pretty rough time and deserve something shiny and new. And please choose a book by a New Zealand writer or illustrator if you can, so we can support local authors, publishers and booksellers too.

Please drop your donations into the box at Storytime (Reyburn House Lane, Town Basin, Whangārei) by the end of Wednesday 9 December. If you’d like to donate a book but are too busy or can’t make it into town, please email me on ms.maryderuyter[at] and we can sort something out.

Thanks in advance for your generosity!



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

email: northlandauthors{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 contributors’ guidelines for requirements.

Please email Trish at northlandauthors[at] if you have any announcements, items of interest or achievements you would like included in this monthly newsletter.

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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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