Join Mangawhai Writers like Bevan Lawrence

Mangawhai writer Bevan Lawrence has just published his latest ebook, The Nephilim Strain.  Bevan lawrence

You can check out his work at Xlibris*, where Bevan has written many novels.

The synopsis of The Nephilim Strain:
It is the story of the Nephilim or Scralian people, who lived about 5000 years ago. A scientist uses DNA from their bones to increase the lifespan of people he considers worthy, however some drug agencies try to copy the formula and this gives a disease opportunity to infect large numbers of the population.
*Note from editor- Xlibris is not recommended as a publisher – see thousands of complaints online.

Bevan calls for Northland writers to join Mangawhai meet-ups

From The Mangawhai Focus April 23:

Local writer Bevan Lawrence is about to release a new book, The Nephilim Strain on Kindle, about an obsessive scientist bent on holding back age.

Bevan is one of a number of locals with published works from novels to poetry and children’s books, these include Roy Vaughan, Jacquie McRae and Amanda Lyne.

Doubtless there are many others who, at a certain stage of life and a change of circumstances, realise they have had stories inside them waiting to break forth but for a little opportunity encouragement and guidance. Bevan is interested in forming a group with those wanting to write their story, record a family history, or maybe turn a hobby into a ‘how to’ book.

“Perhaps there is a child’s book inside you that you want to dedicate to a grandchild, or possibly publish recipes or travel dairies, or place a tide marker in the river of time and write a memoir,” he says, adding that networking with like-minded people can turn such ideas a reality.
He hopes to put illustrators and authors together or provide ghost writers for stories that need to be told.

Bevan writes under the pseudonym of Richard M. Hogan and therein lies another story.

Initially he seeks interest from those that would like to be part of a writers group for mutual discussion and help get the word out – literally.
If you are interested contact Bevan at, (09) 480 1949 or 027 617 6521.

Bevan Lawrence wants to form a group of like-minded writers and creatives.


Books for babies! Whangarei’s new online shop Niche Books

Niche Books specialises in books designed for babies, toddlers and children to enjoy time and time again.

Niche books

Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…
Niche Books board books are intentionally designed with the very youngest of the family in mind, to reflect their present life experiences. Read more about books and reading with babies and The Bookstart Series.

Niche Books’ vibrant non-fiction picture books combine compelling illustrations and language to tell fascinating stories that are also factually accurate.

Tips from Niche Books for reading with babies:

  • Pick your moment – when baby is awake and ready to communicate, and at first, keep it brief and be guided by baby’s level of interest.
  • Avoid distractions and get comfortable – indoors or out, sitting up, lying down, you choose. And definitely turn off any of the technology competing for your attention – TV, computers, radio etc.
  • Hold the book close enough for easy focus, touching, and even tasting. At this stage, books (and everything else) are for experiencing holistically!
  • Turn the pages slowly – let baby set the pace and conversation.
  • Your baby loves to hear your voice – join in the pattern and rhythms of these small stories and enjoy yourself. Bounce, dance, sing, snuggle, tickle, have fun!


Poetry competition – Far North District Council with Kaikohe Library


Dust off your quill and get creative for the second year of our poetry competition inspired by Matariki. With this rich cultural theme it’s a great opportunity to explore te reo Māori. The competition is now open and we encourage all ages to enter under the categories of Primary, Secondary or Adult. Entries will be accepted until 20 June 2018, and you can either drop into Kaikohe Library for an entry form or email your poem to Local poets Isabella Pomare and Christian Martin will be announcing the winners at the library on Friday 22 June.

Author J L Pawley tours Northland

Author J L Pawley of Whangaparaoa/Auckland has been touring Northland schools over the past month.

Pawley, who signed with Eunoia Publishing in 2016, recently had her Generation Icarus young adult novel series optioned for film/TV, while the first book has been published in English and Russian, and about to be released in Mandarin Chinese.

As Jess promises in her serialised autobiography on Wattpad, ‘Learning To Fly,’ “Come with me on the next chapter of my adventure as the author of ‘Generation Icarus’ – which, before it was signed by the first publisher, earned over 1.5M total reads on Wattpad and reached the top rankings in Science Fiction. Part blog, part autobiography, all true.”

Read ‘Learning To Fly’ here

And follow Pawley’s updates and vlog from her tour for Duffy Books in Homes as she visits Opononi, Rawene Primary School, Omanaia School, and Kawakawa Primary School.


Her page and updates:


Blog updates from NZ Society of Authors Northland branch – for May 2018





  • Next NZSA meeting will be held on Saturday 19 May, Hikurangi, from 11am(refreshments available from 10.30am). The venue will be advised by email.

Members’ News:

  • Kathy Derrick’s short story The Auburn Trail was shortlisted for a competition run by takahē magazine and will be published in Issue 92.
  • Piet has had an article published in Scene magazine; has had a poem in a recent book Lust which is part of a series of books about the seven deadly sins, published in Australia; has had a poem in Olentangy Review; and has three other poems coming up in different publications.
  • Suzanne entered the book editors’ short story competition – theme the worst summer yet; she’s a finalist, but no results yet. Her story’s called She’s Hot.
  • Heather has published in Wilderness magazine and the Motor Homes and Caravans and Destinations magazine.

Members’ Books

Fire by Anne McDonell
Flip has THREE major problems:
ONE – Jackson, a know-it-all who looks and dresses like a film star and bullies Flip.
TWO – You wouldn’t believe it but Flip’s mother invites Jackson to stay for the whole holidays.
THREE – Soon after Jackson moves in, a dangerous arsonist attacks a shop and homes in their street.
Can Flip and Jackson reach a compromise and work together to catch the culprit before someone is seriously hurt? A novel for 8 to 13-year-old children. Available from

NorthWrite 2018 Mini: Springing out of Winter

Write away your winter blues by entering the Northland branch of the NZ Society of Authors national short story competition. The competition is open now and closes on 31 July 2018. The winners will be announced on 1st September 2018. Previously unpublished stories on any theme and up to 1500 words can be submitted as an rtf or docx file by email to northlandauthors[at] The cost per story is $15 and you can enter as many times as you like. Stories will be judged anonymously so please do not put your name on your story. Judges are Diana Menefy and Justine Payen and the prizes are as follows:

  • First prize – $300 plus publication on the NorthWrite website
  • Second prize – Editing of a short story of up to 3000 words
  • Third prize – $50 book token

The Conditions of Entry state all entry criteria and should be read prior to any submissions being made. If submissions do not follow the guidelines your entry will be disqualified.


Poetry Events

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:

A full list of Northland writing events and opportunities (including writers’ groups and information on the Whangarei Community Publications Trust) can be found here.


2018 National Flash Fiction Day Competition

Hurry! Entries close April 30. Winners will be announced June 22 at the NFFD celebrations, and all winners are invited to attend and share their stories. Competition entry details here.

Competitions and Awards for Writers

For information on other competitions and awards please read NZSA’s Death by Deadline on the members-only page of the NZSA website.




Moth Short Story Prize 2018

It’s not a requirement, but the organisers strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth.

The Prize is open to anyone (over 18). Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast. You can enter as many stories as you like. There is a word limit of 5,000. Entry fee is €12 per story. The judge is Kevin Barry and the prizes are as follows: A 1st prize of €3,000, a 2nd prize of a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including €250 for travel) and a 3rd prize of €1,000. Closing date for receipt of entries is 30 June 2018.

Full details can be found here.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018

Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your involvement in the literary world.

Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year’s subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Entries are open until 31 August 2018. Submit at:

Please contact Kathy or Di if you have any announcements, items of interest or achievements you would like included in this monthly newsletter.

New short story competition from Northland branch of NZ Society of Authors

National Short Story Competition Opens

The Northland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) invites writers to enter a new National Short Story Competition. The competition is open to any writer resident in New Zealand. Entrants are asked to submit a short story of up to 1500 words on any theme or subject.

First prize is $300 plus publication on the NorthWrite website (, second prize is editing of a short story of up to 3000 words and third prize is a $50 book token.

Entries close on 31 July 2018 and the winners will be announced on 1 September 2018. The competition will be judged by Diana Menefy, a well-known writer and founding chairman of the Northland branch of NZSA, and Justine Payen, a published children’s book author and member of the Northland branch of NZSA.

More details including rules of the competition can be found on the NZSA website at


More about judge Diana Menefy

More about judge Justine Payen


For further information, please contact Events Coordinator Kathy Derrick at