NZSA Northland News – May 2022


NZSA Northland Branch Meeting

Thursday 12 May 2022 at 5.30 pm, by Zoom

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

(NOTE: this is a week earlier than usual.)


Thursday 19 May 2022, 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm, 116 Bank Street, Whangārei

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

NZSA Road Show – Whangārei – Open for Bookings!

From NZSA:

We’re very excited to be launching the Whangārei NZSA Roadshow – our first live event in a very long time! The Whangārei NZSA Roadshow takes place Saturday 28 May, 8.45am to 5pm, at NorthTec, Whangārei Campus Raumanga Valley Road, Raumanga, Whangārei. 

L to R from top: Ataria Sharman, Paula Morris, Lesley Marshall, Lynn Jenner, Janna Ruth, Mandy Hager

What’s on:
Welcome and Keynote Address with Paula Morris
Masterclass: Research for Fiction with Mandy Hager
Workshops: Theme Words in Prose with Lynn Jenner; Pitch, and Get Your Pitch Accepted with Ataria Sharman;  The Structure Puzzle with Paula Morris; Conquering the Self-publishing Markets in NZ and the US with Janna Ruth; Editing with Lesley Marshall 
Presentations & Discussions: Getting through the hoops with Ataria Sharman and Lynn Jenner. Chaired by Mandy Hager. More information and bookings HERE


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.

Deadline: 10 June, 2022. Email submissions to: 

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, 26 August, 2022. Website:

Flash and Micro Creative Writing Competition


CONGRATULATIONS to two NZSA Northland members who have recently published their books!

Stone Wall Country

This is the latest by Catherine Ballard and second in the series about dry stone walls in Northland, New Zealand.

It outlines the fascinating story of dry stone walls in the Bay of Islands and Kaikohe areas, the origin of the stones and the people who built with them. 

Carefully researched, Stone Wall Country is based on historical records backed up by the recollections of living people who gave an overview of how the walls were built.

These districts have hundreds of kilometres of dry stone walls. They are a defining feature of the landscape and it is no coincidence that the topography is dominated by small volcanic cones. The walls have become as much a part of the landscape as the volcanic cones from which they originated.

Contact: Phone: 0274 467 236


Lilla Nicholas-Holt has published her novel SOLDIER SAILOR Lover Slave.

In depicting the past lives of New Zealand born Kate, Soldier Sailor Lover Slave represents a unique deviation from traditional memoirs. Spanning time and space, the novel recounts nine individuals whose compelling stories connect through sorrow.  In Soldier Sailor Lover Slave, readers come to expect less good fortune, but with every tragic conclusion, we’re reminded that the path of existence stretches on, and true felicity waits for us all—if not in this age, the next. 

Soldier Sailor Lover Slave, is written under Lilla’s pen name, E F Holt, and is available on  


It can also be purchased in paperback or hard cover from the author. $20 for paperback & $25 for hardcover incl. shipping: email:

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“I get a lot of letters from people. They say, ‘I want to be a writer. What should I do?’ I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it.”

 — Ruth Rendell

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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