Northland Events

Poetry events:
  • Tuesday 6 June, 7pm: Poetry Open Mic, Cherry Park House, 170 Landing Road, Kerikeri.
  • Wednesday 13 June, 7pm: Dirtyword Open Mic, Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei.
  • Thursday 21 June, 5pm: Poets at ONEONESIX, 116 Bank Street, Whangarei.

Fast Fibres Poetry Collective is producing a fifth collection to display the talents of Northland poets. It will be launched in print and online on National Poetry Day, August 24, 2018. Poets with a strong connection to Northland are invited to submit 3 poems, each no longer than 20 lines, plus a two-line biographical statement. Deadline: June 15. Email: fastfibres[at] Website:

Northland National Flash Fiction Day Celebrations: Northland will celebrate National Flash Fiction Day at Kings Theatre Creative, Kawakawa, on Sunday 24 June from 1pm. Flash fiction writer, micro writer, poet, and this year’s micro madness judge, Jac Jenkins, will present a workshop called Straddling the Border between Poetry and Flash Fiction. Whether you write poetry or flash, whether you are experienced or new to writing, this hands-on workshop will help you reimagine the limits of form. The workshop will be followed by afternoon tea and then an open mic for flash fiction readings. Cost is $10 for the workshop, payable at the door.

Fiction Writing Crash Course ​Saturday 30 June 2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
May Bain Room, Whangarei Central Library. Michael Botur’s workshop will cover how to get fiction writing completed and self-published. Topics include voice, character, prose and editing. The workshop will also include a brief introduction to Medium, Smashwords, Createspace, Wattpad, Bookfunnel, Goodreads and other online self-publishing and promotion platforms. Cost is $35. To register, please send an email to mike[at] Further details here:

NorthWrite 2018 Mini: Springing out of Winter: National short story competition closes on 31 July 2018. Full details here: Conditions of Entry If submissions do not follow the guidelines your entry will be disqualified.

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

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.

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.

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.

New 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.

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.


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