Literary news for Northerners – April 2019

  1. DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A TONNE OF WRITERS GROUPS GOING ON??!!>Kaipwriters -Dargaville writing group that has been in action for around two years. Currently has 8-10 members. A lot of emphasis on poetry and children’s writing, but flash fiction and non-fiction are also shared. Contact Maureen Sudlow

    >Poets at ONEONESIX 116aBank St, Whangarei, third Thursday of the month from 5pm for poetry readings, comment, feedback and critique, all welcome contact

    >Russell Writer’s Workshop– Meets 1st Sunday each month, 2 pm at Russell Library, Contact: Peter, Ph: 09 403-8321.

    >Pen-Ultimate -Meets alternate Fridays, 10:00 am to 12:30. Contact: Derin Attwood at

  2. Book launch. Russell Museum is proud to launch Peter Ireland’s new book. The Weight Of The Captain’s Wrist, Peter Ireland History Paintings. Mr Ireland has moved onto the East Cape now but you can still get the book, containing 70 paintings, from the Russell Museum Shop. See
  3. Whangarei Libraries Flash Fiction Club: a group meets regularly, led by highly experienced flash editor/judge Martin Porter. Click through to Whangarei Libraries Flash Club information.   
  4. Poetry Group at the Whangarei Central Library – April 16
  5. National Flash Fiction Day Competition. Please enter – we have so much talent up north, we want to see more Tai Tokerauvians placed highly as last year. On National Flash Fiction Day, which is June 22 2019, there will be a workshop and reading at King’s Theatre in Kawakawa. Author Michael Botur will deliver the workshop, which will be about finding the message in a flash story
  6. Fast Fibres 6- Asixth collection of poetry is being put together to display the talents of Northland poets – submit your entry today. It will be launched in print and online on National Poetry Day, August 23, 2019. The Fast Fibres Poetry Collective invites poets with a strong connection to Northland to submit 3 poems, each preferably no longer than 20 lines, plus a two-line biographical statement. Deadline: June 14 Email:
  7. Homegrown Northland hip hop media company Low Budget Brotherhood is about to launch an ensemble music video showcasing musical wordsmiths spitting their finest rhymes. See
  8. Wild Side Publishing’s biggest update is they are publishing When the Crowd Stops Roaring by former All Black Neven MacEwan. Based in little old Ruawai, WSP are Northland’s biggest publisher of inspirational books and actively seeking submissions of inspirational memoirs and non-fiction. Check out Wild Side’s website.  
  9. Northland’s main literary festival, NorthWrite, is being put together. Stay tuned at for updates. 

10. NZSA local branch Northland Noteworthies, with thanks to Wendy Meggett for compiling this at

  • Justine Payen attended the San Francisco Writers Conference and won a picture book critique with Nikki Garcia, a New York editor for Little Brown.
  • Jac Jenkins had poems accepted by Geometry (“One Red Shoe Fallen”) and Room Magazine (“Emilie du Chatelet”), while “Hauraki” will be included in Nga Kupu Waikato
  • Lesley Marshall’s PEN article in NZ Author tells the story of journalist Nedim Turfent imprisoned in Turkey on trumped up charges.
  • Karen Phillips’ short story The Price has been accepted for an anthology with Cloud Ink Press.
  • Peter Pedrotti launched Black Sands and Toitoi at Mangawhai. 

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