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.
Linda and Lynn