NZSA Northland News April 2022


Next NZSA Northland Branch Meeting

Thursday 21 April 2022 at 5.30 pm, by Zoom

Secretary, Trish Fenton, will send the Zoom link with the agenda.


Thursday 14 April 2022, 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm, 116 Bank Street, Whangārei

Please keep your mask on unless reading your poems, and maintain 2m distancing.

Book Launch


Diana Menefy and the team at Jack Morgan Museum invite you to the launch of the Exhibition Book on Sunday 24 April at 1pm to be held at the Museum on State Highway 1 at Hukerenui.

… and Author Presentation

Following the launch, Diana will talk about the process of setting up the exhibition, the research/interviews, dealing with controversies, choosing what would go into the exhibition, turning the resultant display into a book and getting a grant to pay for the printing.

Please RSVP to Diana at diana[at] by Tuesday 19 April so we have numbers for catering afternoon tea.



NZSA Northland member, Ross Lockyer has published his third book.

Ross’s book has been selling steadily since publication in November 2021. The significant sales of The River is my Highway to both New Zealand and overseas readers follow in the footsteps of his first two books – An Accidental Bushman and Cannibals, Crocodiles and Cassowaries. 

The River is my Highway is available for sale on TradeMe, Fishpond NZ, Fishpond Australia, and from Paper Plus Kerikeri, Piggery Books Whangarei and Poppies Bookshop, New Plymouth. It is also available through the author’s website. 

To discover more about Ross and his intrepid adventures, to read reviews of his books and to make purchases, go to the author’s website:

Congratulations, Eleanor Lornie!

NZSA Northland member and emerging fiction writer Eleanor Lornie has been selected for the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa Mentorship Programme 2022. Eleanor was one of 14 writers selected from a record 134 entries. Throughout the NZSA mentorship, Eleanor will work with novelist and Auckland University creative writing lecturer Ruby Porter to develop her NA/contemporary fiction novel, Dark Sand. Eleanor enjoys exploring relationships and change in her writing. Her stories have a spiritual undertone and hark from an overall theme of human connectedness.

Visit or follow ‘Eleanor Lornie Writer’ on Facebook to learn more about her writing journey.


Ff Fast Fibres Poetry 9: call for submissions

The theme of Fast Fibres this year is family/whānau: extended, immediate, household, group, ancestral, close, community… what does family mean to you?

We invite poets with a strong Northland connection to submit 3 of your best poems. Please include a two-line biographical statement.

Each poem should be single spaced and typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman. Poems must be submitted as a single Word document, with your name in the filename. PDFs and handwritten submissions will not be considered.

Fast Fibres Poetry 9 will be launched in print and online on National Poetry Day, August 26, 2022 Website:

The 2022 National Flash Fiction Day competition is still 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.

Micro Magic, Microfiction workshop

10 April 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm, OneOneSix, Bank St, Whangārei

Convened by Whangarei Library 3.30 Flash, presented by Vivian Thonger and Tracie Lark in two mini-workshops, bookended by a shared introduction with examples of great micros, info about submissions and competitions, and an energetic shared wrap-up with a group-generated list of what makes Micro Magic.

“Training the Micro Brain” – Vivian Thonger

The best warmup for micro writing – or any writing! – should be quick and easy, the path of least resistance. That means jotting down instant ideas using what you have to hand: I’ll be guiding you through proximity, random selection and discarded books to guide and prompt. Our warmup will finish with each participant ’smushing’ to reveal the ingredients of a story.

A word after a word after a word is power.” – Margaret Atwood.

“Live Writing” – Tracie Lark

The Live Writing aspect of the Micro Magic workshop will help you identify the key emotion in your writing.  The reader must feel different after reading your microfiction story. We will show you how to achieve this by focusing on moving emotion. People see microfiction as a safe way to feel something, then let it go.

Find the key emotion; this may be all you need to find your short story.” F.Scott Fitzgerald.

Suitable for both beginner and experienced writers. $25 (includes free book RRP $20); students $20 (includes free book RRP $20). Vaccine pass required. Afternoon tea provided. To register, contact:

Blog sites

Justine Payen:

Heather Whelan:

NorthTec Online Writing Class:

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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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