Northland Events


Learn Indonesian Pantun Poetry

The pantun is an Indonesian form of literature. Pantun poetry’s main objective is to convey a message and can be traditional, political, humorous, or about love. Pantun serves as the basis for pantoum poetry.
In this workshop you will learn the cultural, historical and modern impact of pantun and how to write your own. All participants will receive further reading and suggestions of ‘where to next’ after pantun – eg. pantun in Te Reo Maori, publishing pantun, from pantun to pantoum.
Email theliterarygangster[at] to RSVP and reserve your place now.
Tutor: Tracie Lark
When: Saturday 24th November
Where: Whangarei Library – May Bain Room.
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Payment: $20 on the day

Poetry events:

  • Saturday November 3: Poets and writers dinner at SHIRAZ RESTAURANT, Walton Street, 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Wednesday November 14: Dirty Word, Old Stone Butter Factory, 7pm
  • Thursday November 15: Poets at ONEONESIX, 116 Bank Street, 5pm

Want to get a copy of Fast Fibres Poetry Five? It has 60 pages containing 39 Northland poets and can be yours for $10, or $15 for two copies (including P&P). Contact: fastfibres[at]


Mangawhai Writers Group: This group welcomes writers of all genres, especially those needing help, since the group has several published authors. They meet every second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm in the Old School House opposite the new Mangawhai Museum at the Heads. The meeting does include readings and feedback. Pop along and join this friendly bunch – please bring $3 to cover lights and heating. Please contact bevanconsult[at] to get involved and find out more.

Flash Fiction Club: first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm. Contact: Whangarei District Library for more information

Kerikeri/Bay of Islands:  Second Monday of the month at 7–9pm. Our aim is mutual improvement and inspiration through constructive criticism. We are writing short pieces, extracts and flash fiction, both to improve our style and for publication and competition. If you’d like to join us, email Vivian at vthonger[at]gmail[dot]com.

Whangarei Writers’ Group: Second Monday of the month at 10am. This is a critique group and will be limited to just 6 – 7 people. A wait list will be created in case someone drops out. Please contact Derin Attwood on derin[at]wordlypress[dot]com.


Tuatara Design Store
Tuatara Design Store in Bank St, Whangarei showcases art and craft work by Northland artists. They are willing to sell books by Northland authors in their shop. Contact Tracey at tracey[at]tuataradesignstore[dot]com.

Book Inn: Evon Morgan (formerly of The Piggery) now owns Book Inn in Kamo and is setting up a local writers’ section. Contact her if you have books you’d like to be included. Book Inn, 420 Kamo Road, 4353202. She has two tables – one each side of the entrance. One table is dedicated to NZ writers, with an emphasis on Northland writers. Several Branch members are well represented.

Kings Theatre Creative: creative gateway to the Far North, Kawakawa. Pop in and see the latest exhibition.


Writers Up North: NZSA members and other Northland writers are encouraged to visit for Northland writing updates and to send their writing news to admin[at]  Facebook group Writers Up North.

Creative Junction Magazine: Creative Junction is a new magazine with a Tai Tokerau focus. Please contact publisher and editor Pippa Bourke (pippa[at]creativejunction[dot]nz) for advertising enquiries or to share your news. There are also openings for writers to contribute.


Best New Zealand Poems (published annually by the International Institute of Modern Letters) aims to introduce readers to leading contemporary New Zealand poets.
Only poems or books of poems by New Zealanders published within the calendar year of the current collection are eligible for consideration.
Submissions must be received by 17 December 2018.

The Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest is a prestigious fiction writing competition for short stories in any speculative fiction genre, i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror or anything in-between or unclassifiable. The contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One. Each year the contest opens on January 1st and closes on November 30th. Click here for more info,

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): NaNoWriMo is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 pm on 30 November. Valuing enthusiasm, determination and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
Things are already ramping up now to ensure writers will be ready to go on the day, so sign up for inspiration, pep talks, badges and heaps of fun.

Kill Your Darlings: Online Writers Workshops: Online literary magazine Kill Your Darlings is now presenting its popular in-person creative-writing workshops in a new online format. The KYD writers’ workshops are ideal for emerging and early-to-mid-career authors who wish to develop their creative practice at their own pace. New workshops now include approaches to genre writing, taught by guest teachers prominent in their fields.




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