Northland News March 2022


Next NZSA Northland Meeting

NZSA Northland Branch Annual General Meeting

Sunday 27 March at 11.00 am, in Whangarei.

Our secretary, Di Menefy, will send details of the meeting and venue with the agenda, and a Zoom link for those unable to attend in person. Following the AGM, the regular monthly meeting will be held.


Thursday 17 March 2022, 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm, 116 Bank Street, Whangārei

Vaccine passes are required for entry. Wear a mask, maintain two-metre distancing, and use your Covid-19 tracer app.


Hollywood Book Festival

NZSA Northland member Faye Whittaker’s first novel For a Fee of Two Shillings was recently awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2021 Hollywood Book Festival.

Congratulations, Faye!

Breach of all Size:

Along with other luminaries such as Dame Fiona Kidman, Becky Manawatu, Lloyd Jones, Paula Morris and Selina Tusitala Marsh, our own Karen Phillips is included among the authors who have contributed to the new Cuba Press publication Breach of all Size: Small stories on Ulysses, love and Venice edited by Michelle Elvy and Marco Sonzogni.

From Cuba Press: You can find it on our website.


We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of NZSA Northland member, Fran Lawrence. The following poem is from her recently published collection, In the Hills, the Heart.

Beyond Stillness, Beyond Quiet

There is a different voice up here

An ancient, calmer, quieter whisper

From the furthest realms of time.

            We barely leave an imprint.

            When human clamour is silenced

            The deep song can be heard

            Unchanged, unmoved

            By our scurryings,

            Ever present if we could only take the time

            To quieten, to listen.


             Beyond the intrusion of birdsong,

             The dissonance of flies.

             Beyond the whoosh of blood and

             The measured timpani of heartbeat.

             What wisdom can be learned

             What truths might be revealed

             Within and without?

Rest in Peace, Fran. Your memory lives on in the gift of your words.


The @aestheticamag Creative Writing Award is looking for poetry and short fiction that redefines the parameters of form, concept and technique. Win £5,000 in cash prizes & publication. Deadline: 31 August 2022

The 2022 NFFD competition is open!

Send your best 300 words

Submissions open through 15 April 

More information can be found on the NFFD Competition page.

NZSA Road Show – Whangārei

Deferred from last year –

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc.) Regional Roadshow brings professional development to the regions.

Mark this in your diary:

Saturday 28 May 2022

NorthTec, Whangārei Campus, Raumanga Valley Road, Raumanga, Whangārei

Details to follow.

“Tears are words that need to be written.”

– Paulo Coelho

Blog sites

Justine Payen:                   

Heather Whelan:  Boots, Bikes and Back Roads.

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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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