Hokianga Book Festival Essay Award: Results

Kia ora Koutou – it was exciting to spend the day at the Hokianga Book Festival on Saturday . Rawene was a true bibliophiles’ paradise with every interest attended to, from poetry and  publishing, to illustration.

We were proud to host Susy Pointon’s book launch and the  Self-Publishing workshop run by Janine McVeagh, and were especially pleased to run the Far North Essay Competition , Small is Beautiful, whose prizes were announced on the day.  Thanks to our judge Dr Cathy Gunn, Associate Prof of Higher Ed at the University of Auckland, currently enrolled on the Masters of Creative Writing course at AUT and self-confessed bookaholic.

Six finalists were chosen whose works will feature in a publication to be released before Christmas: Janine McVeagh, Seabourne Rust, Mike  Bracey, Chelsea Karl, Sandy Myhre and Mark Carey.  Of these writers a single winner was to be c hosen but Cathy found it impossible to decide between two essays, each outstanding in their originality. One lyrical, poignant and self-reflecting, the other sophisticated, astute and incisive.  The awards were made to Mark Carey and Chelsea Karl. 

Check our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/No1Parnell for the award ceremony.

Nga mihi

Linda and Lynn

Sprinkles by Rose Stirling of Dargaville

A mouse’s tale with a twist.

This is the story about a boy and his pet mouse. It is a heart warming yet slightly naughty book which is sure to amuse kids!

Published in 2013 by Dargaville journalist Rose Stirling, Sprinkles is a book about a loveable mouse… what more needs to be said? You can still catch a copy of the book or contact the author at  https://www.facebook.com/MySprinkles/

 

Check out Lesley Curnow – appearing at the Hokianga Book Festival

Lesley Curnow is a novelist and short story writer, who lives and works in Kohukohu.

The following info is from Lesley’s website. 

Born in Hong Kong, her family emigrated to New Zealand when she was eight. She was brought up in Whangarei.

In 2001 she moved to the Hokianga to study writing with Janine Mcveigh and fell in love with the harbour and its people.

In 2010 she launched her novel “Things We Can’t Untie” A story of the Hokianga, at the Geddes Gallery.

She and her husband, Peter, live in the village and apart from trips to visit family across the world plan to grow old here!

To contact Lesley send her an lesley.curnow@gmail.com or visit her website.

thingswecantuntieThings We Can’t Untie

What do you do when your world collapses−when the people you love fail you?

Catherine Jennings arrives in a remote New Zealand village hoping to start a new life. But she drags the past with her, plunging Chris, and his wife Anna, into a nightmare of old secrets and sudden death.

Both women must unravel their turbulent past before they can turn and face the future.

Things We Can’t Untie is a haunting, mysterious book that is difficult to put down.

The Novel has been well reviewed by readers on Amazon.com, gaining a four and a half star rating from thirty-three reviews.

downinginlightseasDrowning in Light Seas

It is New Year’s Eve and Leah’s Life is falling apart. Her husband, Max, is having multiple affairs and expects her to look the other way. When she confronts him, he leaves her.

Alone and grief stricken, she stumbles into an online fantasy world where people seem fascinating and sympathetic. Her increasing addiction to this world sends her life spiralling out of control.

Then the threats begin …

Why is her apartment trashed?
Who is her cyber stalker?

And is the online world any safer than the reality she is running from?

Drowning in Light Seas is a fast-paced, tense novel, which explores the many dimensions of online relationships – openness, trust, friendship, sexuality, power – and how they can affect your life.

Get your copy

kindleLesley’s books are available online from Amazon.  The Kindle version of Things We Can’t Untie can be downloaded from the Amazon website  for a modest 80 cents (US) and Drowning in Light Seas can also be downloaded from the Amazon website for about the same price.  If you don’t have a Kindle ebook reader, there is a free app for just about devices which can be downloaded here.

These links will also take you to the print versions of both novels.

kindle

Get your copy of Things We Can’t Untie at:

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle UK

Smashwords.com

Deisel ebooks

Print Versions

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Kerikeri Creative Writing workshop -From Inspiration To Publication

Biz Space, 3 Cobham Rd, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands

Saturday 29 September 2018 10:00am – 3:00pm

Tickets: $45.00 Buy Tickets – 0212990984

https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/creative-writing-workshop-from-inspiration-to-publication/bay-of-islands

From Inspiration To Publication – Fiction Writing Crash Course.

Delivered by writer Michael Botur.

10am-3pm with two 25 minute breaks.
Cost – $45, including writing feedback before and after the workshop.

On Saturday September 29 Northland indie author Michael Botur will be delivering a down-to-earth workshop on fiction writing.

The workshop looks at how to get fiction writing completed and self-published, in particular looking at the workflow required to get a story polished on the page so you can be confident publishing the work in a literary magazine or online.

The workshop covers voice, character, prose and editing. Botur says the bigger theme of the day is understanding that words on the page are just the start, and reaching an audience these days is about capturing inspiration, checking that the words are good enough to publish, then sharing it with the world online.

“Things move so quickly in the writing world that publication options which made sense ten years ago may not be relevant anymore in 2018 – however, the fundamentals of how to get difficult pieces of writing completed remain the same. So I’ll be offering realistic advice about how to make the most of those hours in front of the computer screen.”

“We’ll also look at the workflow required to get a piece of writing to perfection, then get it read by an audience online.”

Whangarei-based Botur is author of several acclaimed short story collections and young adult novel ‘Moneyland’ which has gained a cult following on the world’s largest publishing platform for teenagers, Wattpad – a site which has 65 million unique visitors per month. Botur will teach how to put writing straight in the hands of the audience.

The workshop will include an introduction to online publishing platforms Medium.com, Smashwords, Createspace, Wattpad, Bookfunnel and Goodreads.

Registration is essential – please RSVP to Mike@michaelboturwriter.com.
Cost is $45+GST for the day – RSVP by email and Mike will invoice you.

Mike will contact you to ask for details about your level of writing experience, and give you some feedback on your writing before and after the workshop.

Check out Mike’s gallery of writing and publication at https://nzshortstories.com/

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Dargaville workshop – Creative Writing: – From Inspiration to Publication

Dargaville Town Hall, 37 Hokianga Rd, Dargaville, Kaipara

Saturday 6 October 2018 10:00am – 3:00pm

From Inspiration To Publication – Fiction Writing Crash Course.

Delivered by writer: Michael Botur

10am-3pm with two 25 minute breaks.

Cost – $45 + writing feedback before and after the workshop. For ages 15 and up. 
RSVP by emailing – mike@michaelboturwriter.com.

On Saturday October 6 Northland indie author Michael Botur will be delivering a down-to-earth workshop on fiction writing.

The workshop looks at how to get fiction writing completed and self-published, in particular looking at the workflow required to get a story polished on the page so you as an author can be confident publishing the work in a literary magazine or online.

The workshop covers voice, character, prose and editing. Botur says the bigger theme of the day is understanding that words on the page are just the start, and reaching an audience these days is about capturing inspiration, checking that the words are good enough to publish, then sharing it with the world online.

“Things move so quickly in the writing world that publication options which made sense ten years ago may not be relevant anymore in 2018 – however, the fundamentals of how to get difficult pieces of writing completed remain the same. So I’ll be offering realistic advice about how to make the most of those hours in front of the computer screen.”

“We’ll also look at the workflow required to get a piece of writing to perfection, then get it read by an audience online.”

Whangarei-based Botur is author of several acclaimed short story collections and young adult novel ‘Moneyland’ which has gained a cult following on the world’s largest publishing platform for teenagers, Wattpad – a site which has 65 million unique visitors per month. Botur will teach how to put writing straight in the hands of the audience.

The workshop will include an introduction to online publishing platforms Medium.com, Smashwords, Createspace, Wattpad, Bookfunnel and Goodreads.

Registration is essential – please RSVP to Mike@michaelboturwriter.com. 
Cost is $45+GST for the day – RSVP by email and Mike will invoice you.

Mike will contact you to ask for details about your level of writing experience, and give you some feedback on your writing to focus on for the day.

Check out Mike’s gallery of writing and publication at https://nzshortstories.com/

Dargaville workshop poster Creative writing workshop Michael Botur From Inspiration to Publication-page-001

 

 

 

Support Mike’s New Short Story Book – Give A Little

Support a Northland short story writer – earn yourself a book and a mention. 

Yo! Mike the Writer here.

I give plenty to the Northland creative arts community, putting on poetry shows, creative writing workshops and improvisation theatre fundraisers. TRUE COVER cleaned up by Sars

Now I’m wondering if you can support me to keep literature alive in Northland. I’m asking for help to pay for the printing of one of the best short story collections you’ll ever read, at just ten bucks per book.

The GiveALittle fundraiser is here:

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/support-a-northland-author-one-book-at-a-time

TRUE? is a brand new collection of sixteen short stories. They’re tales of people working through shame to make their lives better, set in the milieu of Kiwi millennials. I’m one of the few people out there giving up hours each month to capture realistic stories of straight-up true blue Kiwis you’ll recognise. Previous book reviews have said I’m apparently one of the most original short story writers of my generation (Takahe #86) and my last short story set was a “remarkably satisfying collection” (North & South January 2018).

So can you support me to raise $1000 to get this bad boy printed? The goal is pretty modest. Put in ten bucks and you get a presale book, AND you get thanked in the acknowledgements.

Copies which aren’t pre-sold can be given to younger Northland writers to inspire them to write fiction.

 

What to expect when you’re expecting a copy of TRUE? short stories:

– 216x140mm printed book with 350gsm silk art cover and 90gsm white offset pages printed at JOP in Whangarei

304 page book. Cover = gloss laminated

COST: $920 ex GST, or $9.20 per book.

 

Love and thanks

Mike Botur

 

 

‘11.42’ by Jo Danilo – a taste from the new book

11:42

by Jo Danilo

Coming December 2018
One boy, one girl, one road, one long night, one long nightmare…
When a girl waiting outside the nightclub on Baker Street asks Noah to help her get home, he reluctantly agrees. He has no idea that she, Baker Street, and this one dark night, will be his whole world for a very long time. 
Category: Paranormal Romance
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Jo profile
Jo is author of ‘The Blackwood Crusade’, ‘The Curtain Twitcher’s Handbook’ and ‘11:42‘. 
 
Jo writes stories for children, young adults and older young adults. Though she is essentially a Yorkshire lass, she now lives in the Far North of New Zealand – decidedly more tropical than the north of England – with her husband, two sons and several furry creatures. She likes nothing better than a whole, uninterrupted day of writing, which she generally gets on her birthday. Hurray for birthdays!
 
Her next book, ‘Foxfires’, is about a World War II pilot who crashes his plane on desolate, snowy moorland. He is rescued by just the wrong sort of people – a family bound to their lonely farmhouse for centuries by an age-old curse they have never been able to break. Until now.
 
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Prologue to ‘11:42’ by Jo Danilo

 

NOW

. . .

She sits beside me on the sofa, close but not quite touching. Her clenched hand rests on her knee, inches from my own. I daren’t reach for it because I know she’ll flinch. The lights from the TV illuminate her face and flash like fireworks in the darkness of her eyes, reminding me of another place, different lights. I lean back so I can watch her without her knowing.

We’ve only been officially seeing each other for a few weeks and I’m trying my best to act cool about it. It’s incredibly difficult. She sets off explosive charges inside me with just one look. My heart is constantly stuck in my throat. Every rare smile I win from her is a small victory.

She’s still cautious in my company. When we kiss she’s always the first to pull away. She guards herself to the point of coldness. Understandable after what happened to her. Excruciating after what happened to me.

“I don’t want to watch this anymore,” she says, turning her face to mine.

On the flickering screen, a woman walks alone down a street full of shadows. I swear under my breath, and reach for the remote. There’s no point looking for anything else, so I turn the whole thing off.

Maybe this is my cue. Maybe it’s time to tell her. My parents are out with their friends. My brother is at his girlfriend’s tonight. We have three or four hours of being completely alone. It might just be long enough.

Before I have chance to think up a billion reasons not to do what I’m about to do, I drop the remote and reach for her hand. She flinches, as I knew she would, and I quickly claim her other hand too, before she can pull away.

I need her full attention for this, and I have it.

“Noah…” She tugs back and wriggles her fingers, but I’m not letting go. “What are you doing?”

“I’m going to try to explain something to you, and it’s going to take a very long time. And you’re going to think I’m crazy. You’re going to want to leave. But I need you to listen right until the end.”

“You’re scaring me.”

But I bet I’m way more scared. If she doesn’t believe me, I’ll lose her, and I can’t bear the thought of that. If she does believe me, I have no idea where it will take us. It’s a gamble I’m willing to take because I can’t keep this secret to myself any longer. I thought I could, but it’s too big and too difficult for me to contain.

And I can’t tell it to anyone but her.

“Remember that night…,” I say.

Immediately, she knows which night I mean. Her pupils enlarge with fear. “I don’t want to.”

This is not going to be easy.

“Listen…”