NorthWrite 2016 Competition Winner Announced

We are delighted to announce that Sun Lyoung Kim is the winner of the NorthWrite 2016 Competition for Northland Writers.

Mandy Hager and James George judged this competition. Mandy commented:

This story speaks to the spirit that brought many to Northland, a chance to start again and to redefine oneself in a new country. What I love about this story is its emotional core, a very authentic look into the fear and torn loyalties of setting out across the world in search of a better future. It is honest, moving, and brings to life a culture rarely represented in current New Zealand writing. It is also satisfying as a story, its scope much broader than the word count, condensing whole lives and journeys into this moment of significant change. I feel richer for having read it.

photo for SunSun Lyoung Kim is a Northland writer who grew up in South Korea. She emigrated to New Zealand 20 years ago.

Sun has completed a Diploma in Applied Writing at Northtec and is currently studying to become a teacher. As well as developing her own writing, Sun hopes to inspire and support beginning writers.

She has been published by Learning Media Ltd and LIFT Education. Sun writes a regular column about New Zealand education in the Korean Federation of Teachers newsletter.

Floating Island
by Sun Lyoung Kim

In the world, there are a lot of stories going on mysteriously. Nobody knows whether they are true or not. Nobody has seen these things, but everybody knows the stories …

Floating island … Maybe it has a tree? Maybe a bird? But beneath the island there would be a lot of different roots and they might be tangled with each other because they don’t know where to settle.

A blistering and gluey Korean midnight was sticking to Kang-Hee’s feet and oppressing her body.

“I hate summer!” She kicked off her blanket, then slid open the veranda window. Instead of welcome cold air, more humidity oozed across her skin. People were talking in the facing apartment and the sound of cars made her even more frustrated.

She glared down at them. “Shit!” She clutched her head.

The eighteen floors down seemed even more distant than usual.

“Must my life start from the bottom again?” She hit the cold steel railing of the veranda, the sound echoing within her heart along with last night’s conversation with Min-Ho.

Her husband had delivered big news.

Emigration … to a strange country, a strange people, a strange culture. It meant no job, no friends, and no family.

That was not only a problem for them, but also a problem for everybody and everything involved with them – jobs, communities, friends …

And especially for Min-Ho’s parents, who were the first parents in her life.

An orphan, she’d never known what happened to her real parents, but early on she’d realised she was different from other people. So she avoided watching TV programmes about families.

Instead she dreamed about having the perfect family – grandparents, Mum, Dad, and children. She knew what parents did for their children. They were like the sun – vital for life, even though people forgot how important it was because it was always there.

But Kang-Hee knew. She always desired the sun, just like a sunflower.

Yet now …

“Now I have parents who always listen when I’m talking and who hold my hands,” she murmured. “I don’t want leave them and I don’t want to make them live without us. For the first time I’m an ordinary person who has parents.”

Last night Min-Ho had showed her a booklet about New Zealand. It said, “The best environment in the world, the best social security in the world, and the best lifestyle in the world. You can do whatever you want here! In NEW ZEALAND!”  It was sweet.

But then … “Let’s emigrate,” Min-ho said.

“Are you kidding?” she asked.

“No, I’m serious,” he said. “Listen, Kang-Hee, please. This will give us what we’ve always wanted. We could both get a doctorate. I’ve checked everything about New Zealand already and this is the chance of a lifetime.”

She saw his eyes – shaken with pain, desire, fear, hope – and love.

She couldn’t say anything, but her own eyes said no.

A week later Min-Ho tried again.

“You and I grew up with poverty so we couldn’t do what we wanted. I don’t want poverty to be the heritage of our children. This is not for me. It’s for you, our children, Mum and Dad.”

“You are the only son of your parents. Do you think they will let you go? Also I really love them, you know that.”

She saw the memory of Min-Ho’s brother hit all his body cells and the huge pain – car accident, blood, loss, and emptiness …

Since then his parents were always afraid of losing the other son in their life. She told Min-Ho, “If you want to go, you go without me.”

“Please … please … I love you. I want to go with you.” Burning tears ran down his cheeks and he gripped her hand. “They will understand. I need you.”

Brrrrng, brrrng.

Kang-Hee looked at the phone. She didn’t move, she watched Min-Ho.

“Hello,” he said. “Hi, how are you?”

She could hear the soft voice begging them to visit.

“Don’t worry, Mum, we’ll be there in the weekend,” Min-Ho assured her.

On Saturday Min-Ho and Kang-Hee drove to their parents’ house. It took just two hours, but to Kang-Hee it seemed to take forever.

“Mum, Dad, we’re here. Where are you?” Min-Ho shouted.

“Here!” There was Mum. She rushed towards her son without her shoes. “How are you?”

“We are fine. Where is Dad?” He looked around.

“He’s fixing the roof because it’s leaking a little bit. Don’t worry, he’ll figure it out. You two, just relax, please.” Mum pulled their hands to bring her children into the room.

“I want to see my father first. Dad! Dad!”

Kang-Hee watched father-in-law’s bent back and thought, His life is like that of a salmon.

These fish are born in the stream but spend almost all their lives at sea. They come back to the place where they were born only to lay their eggs. Their tiny bodies swim upstream against the flow of the water. Sometimes they meet enemies like birds, bears or humans, and they fall repeatedly when they try to leap waterfalls. Some of the salmon eventually succeed in returning home.

Then finally they make a place for their eggs with their fins. They don’t care whether their fins are torn or not, they think only of their young.

After laying the eggs, the salmon die. They don’t expect any payback for their sacrifice for their children.

They remind Kang-Hee of Min-Ho’s parents.

Min-Ho’s father sold everything he had for his two sons’ school fees, and he and his wife did not have anything for themselves. They had to sell vegetables for their daily bread. Although their life was tough, they never asked for help. They wanted only their sons’ happiness.

There were father and son, full of the sunset glow, talking, working and laughing together. It was like a still-life to Kang-Hee.

After dinner Min-Ho made his parents sit down in front of him and he fell on his knees. “Mum and Dad, I need tell you something important. As you know, I’ve dreamed about going abroad for study. I think now it’s time to go – I mean, emigrate to another country.” He couldn’t continue.

“What!” Mum said. “You know about Yankee, don’t you?” Mum always called English people Yankee. “They will ignore you because you have yellow skin. You cannot go!” She was almost screaming.

“No, Mum, that’s your wrong idea. Now it’s the twentieth century. Nobody ignores people because of their differences.”

“But …” Mum started, then stopped at a look from Dad.

“I always felt sorry that I could not support you two like other parents,” Min-Ho’s father said. “Will you study together?”

“Yes,” Min-Ho replied.

“Won’t it be tough for Kang-Hee?” he asked.

Kang-Hee shook her head.

“If I said do not go there, what would you do?” Dad asked Min-Ho.

“I would still go,” he replied in a strong voice.

Father stood up and went out of the room.

Min-Ho continued trying to persuade Mum that they would be happy, but there was no end to her tears.

Min-Ho and Kang-Hee went back to the city with very tangled and heavy threads in their minds.

A month later Kang-Hee answered the phone.

“It’s me.” Mum didn’t ask how Kang-Hee was.

“Yeah … Mum.” Kang-Hee couldn’t ask either.

“How is it going? When will you leave?”

It was her first question about their leaving. Kang-Hee had rung the parents a lot, but they’d never mentioned it.

“Maybe the end of this month,” she replied carefully.

“Can you stay with us for a few days before you leave?” Mum’s voice was shaking.

“Yes,” Kang-Hee gulped down her tears.

Time went too fast and they moved to their parents’ place.

Min-Ho and Kang-Hee fixed the house and cooked meals every day. All the family shared their love as if they were never going to meet again. Yet they never talked about the emigration.

The day before their leaving, Kang-Hee walked around the house. Deep breath… this is air of Korea. I will remember you.

She touched the soil. This is the land where I was born. Thank you.

Opened the kitchen door. This is the smell of family.

Everything made her miserable.

Next morning the family had a very calm breakfast, then set off for the international airport. There were a lot of people. While Min-Ho weighed the baggage, Kang-Hee noticed their parents’ hair. It looked whiter than usual.

Do I have to go? Even at that moment she asked herself the question.

“It’s ready,” Min-Ho told the parents determinedly.

“Okay. Please look after yourselves. Don’t worry about us. We will be fine.” Mum started sobbing.

“Mum, I love you.” He hugged his parents and Kang-Hee did too.

Father-in-law hugged her tight without talking.

None of them knew when they could meet again and how many times they would have to repeat this parting. Kang-Hee tried to repress her tears but she couldn’t stop their flow.

Min-Ho snatched her hand and pulled her through to the other side of the gate. The gate closed behind them.

Briefly it opened again as someone else came through. Kang-Hee saw her mother-in-law crouched down on the ground crying. Then the gate closed again.

Min-Ho hauled her further down the corridor. “Honey, please don’t look back. That’s the best way for them and us.” In his eyes tears gathered. “Let’s go.” And he dragged her by the hand to the plane.

As the plane very slowly lifted, Kang-Hee looked for her mother-in-law and father-in-law through the small window but she couldn’t find them. The plane gained height and she stretched her neck, craning desperately, until she could no longer see Korea.

Her throat was choked with longing.

“Please don’t cry any more. I will be with you.” Min-Ho hugged her and looked for a handkerchief in her handbag. “What is this?” He pulled out two small white paper bags, labelled with their names.

“I don’t know.” She opened hers and found a letter.

Dear daughter-in-law.

If you see my letter, I guess you are in the plane. It means I am already missing you.

After I lost my oldest son I couldn’t fill up my emptiness, but you did. Mum and I were very happy because you were there.

I believe it is not the last time I will see you.

I believe you will overcome with my son all kinds of difficulties.

I believe you can be whatever you choose.

Please study harder and work harder than the native people. You know if you want to be a trustworthy person in the other country you have to be the hardest worker among them.

Anyway, I packed a sandwich for you and my son for lunch. I hope you like it.

Don’t forget, I will be with you whatever you do, wherever you go.

I love you so much.

I will miss you.

Sincerely, your father-in-law.

There was a sandwich, a small sandwich.

She kept the sandwich in her bosom, along with her sadness, her hope, and the love of her parents-in-law, and she started her new journey as a floating island.

 

NorthWrite 2016: Competition Judges

We have already started receiving entries for the NorthWrite 2016 writing competition and look forward to many more. A reminder that this competition is open to Northland writers only and the prize is attendance at a National writer’ conference. You can find the guidelines and entry form here. The closing date is Monday 28 March. As this is Easter Monday entries postmarked 29 March will be accepted. Our judges are Mandy Hagar and James George.

Mandy Hager

Mandy HagarMandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults, and is a tutor on Whitirea NZ’s creative writing programme. Her most recent award is the 2015 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year with Singing Home the Whale, and in 2014 she was awarded the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship, one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious writing awards, which enabled her to spend six months living in Menton, in the South of France as she researched a new project.

She has won the LIANZA Book Award for YA fiction three times (Smashed, 2008, The Nature of Ash, 2013, Dear Vincent, 2014), the New Zealand Post Book Award for Young Adult fiction (The Crossing, 2010), an honour award in the 1996 Aim Children’s Book Awards (Tom’s Story), Word Weavers Excellence Award (2002), Golden Wings Award (2003) and five Notable Book awards. Her Blood of the Lamb’ trilogy has been published in the United States by Pyr Books. She has also been awarded the Beatson Fellowship (2012) and Writer In Residence at Waikato University (2015).

As well as the above books, she writes adult fiction, short stories, non-fiction, educational resources, blogs and articles, and has a passion for writing “stories that matter”.

James George

James GeorgeJames George is a fiction writer of Ngāpuhi, English and Irish descent. His first published novel was Wooden Horses in 2000. His 2003 novel Hummingbird was a finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2004 and the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize 2005. An excerpt from Hummingbird, Zeta Orionis, won the premiere award in the Māori Literature Awards 2001. His third novel, Ocean Roads, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in the South East Asia and South Pacific region. In 2007, he was the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow. He has recently completed his fourth novel, Sleepwalkers’ Songs, due out mid-2016. He is a tutor at the AUT Centre for Creative Writing, and has previously taught creative writing at the University of Auckland (Continuing Education) and Unitec. James is a trustee of Toi Māori Aotearoa – Māori Arts New Zealand and is the current chair of Te Ha, its literature committee. James is based in Auckland, but sees Northland as his “ancestral and spiritual home”.

NorthWrite 2016: Writing Competition for Northland Writers

We have been a bit quiet lately organising our NorthWrite event for 2016. This year it is a competition open to writers residing in Northland. We realise a number of our followers are not from Northland but please do continue to follow us as we will be organising open events in the future. And if you happen to know a Northland writer who might not be following us then please pass on this information.

Prize

Registration at a 2016 national writers’ conference of your choice to the value of up to $700. For conferences where the registration fees are less than this amount, the balance of the prize may be used to cover travel and/or accommodation costs (receipts are required). A list of the conferences covered by this prize is set out below.

The competition

Entrants are asked to submit one piece of unpublished writing of up to 2000 words in length that has been inspired in some way by the land, people or history of Northland. This may be in any genre (short story, flash fiction, novel excerpt, essay, article or poem).

Competition guidelines

Entrants must:

  • be 18 years old or over
  • be permanent residents of Northland*
  • complete the attached entry form (download here), including a short statement of up to 500 words explaining how attendance at the conference will support their progress as a writer. (This statement will be taken into account by the judges.)

One entry per person only.

The entry must be the original work of the writer and must not have been published, either in print or online.

The writer’s name and contact information must be on the entry form only. Any submissions with the writer’s name or other details on the writing entry will be disqualified.

Entries should be 1.5 or double spaced and printed on one side of the paper only.

Post two copies of the entry form and two copies of your writing submission to:

NorthWrite Competition

PO Box 841

Kerikeri 0245

Entries close on Monday 28 March at 5pm.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Copyright of entries will remain with the writers.

The results and judges’ comments will be published on the NorthWrite website.

The Northland Branch of NZSA reserves the right to publish the winning entry on their NorthWrite website.

Should the winner be unable to attend their chosen conference, the prize may be awarded to another finalist at the organisers’ discretion.

Entry fee

The entry fee is $15, to be paid by internet banking or at a bank to ANZ account number 06-0493-0251640-00. Please use your surname/family name and initial as a reference when making this payment.

*The Far North, Whāngārei and Kaipara Districts make up Northland. If you live in one of these districts you are eligible to enter.

Auckland Writers Festival
10 – 15 MAY 2016

The Auckland Writers Festival brings the very best local and international writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, scientists, economists, poets, journalists and public intellectuals together with audiences to explore ideas, share stories and experience brilliant conversations. We celebrate curiosity and a sense of intellectual adventure and our programme is driven by the desire to spark ideas, to get us talking and to give us a time and place to engage with the world.

Click here for more information

Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ) Conference
12 – 14 AUGUST 2016

Keynote speaker, Michael Hauge, will be conducting his Story Mastery full-day workshop on Friday and speaking throughout the weekend. Kathryn Burnett (script and screen writer) will also present. The line-up of speakers over the weekend will inspire, educate and entertain writers at all stages of their writing journey. More information on other speakers will be posted as it comes to hand.

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IBBY Congress
18 – 21 AUGUST 2016

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organisation representing an international network of countries and people, mostly volunteers, dedicated to bringing books and children together.

Nearly two decades into the 21st century it is time to reflect on and to redefine what it means to be literate and what young people’s literature might ‘look like’ in a future where story is conveyed, not only through written and oral modes but also, increasingly, through visual, gestural, spatial and digital modes. This Congress offers a forum for delegates from throughout the world to discuss these challenges and offer solutions.

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Going West Books and Writers Festival
9 – 11 SEPTEMBER 2016

This annual literary festival takes place in Waitakere City each September and is dedicated to celebrating the writing of New Zealand authors. Going West will sponsor a double ticket if the winner selects this festival.
Click here for more information

National Writers’ Forum
17 – 19 SEPTEMBER 2016

The National Writers’ Forum is an exciting new event on New Zealand’s literary calendar.

It is for people who write – books, graphic novels, poetry, flash-fiction and interactive forms.

The National Writers’ Forum will deliver detailed information on particular subjects with master classes, workshops, case studies, keynote speakers and panel discussion.

It is a two day intensive where writers will talk, learn and share information about the craft of writing and the business of getting published – traditional, hybrid and indie – print and digital. It will discuss the prospects for writers in the new democracy of the digital world and the state of play in New Zealand right now.

Māori Writers Festival
15 –16 or 22 – 23 OCTOBER 2016

This will be a fabulous conference for Māori writers. We will keep you informed as dates are confirmed and as other details come to hand.

Literary August in Northland, New Zealand

While not part of the NorthWrite schedule there are some exciting literary events happening around Northland this month. If you are in the north we hope you will have the opportunity to check out and support our local and visiting writers, poets and illustrators.

EVENTS

(Please scroll down for full details)
August

CE-Whangarei Fiction Course

WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST

CEW

Fiction is perhaps the dominant form of writing in the world. Behind every film, comic, production, script, book, TV show and great speech lies narrative text. Narrative also underscores news reporting, academic writing and oral storytelling. By arranging words and stories in a certain order with a certain voice, we make the ordinary into something extraordinary. If you are interested in fiction writing then this introductory couMichael Botur-235rse, taught by an experienced and much-published writer, will introduce you to cliche, point of view, narrative structure, dialogue, editing, conflict, genre and poetic prose.  At the end of the course you will publish a book with your fellow students.
Tutor: Michael Botur
ID: C260
Date: starts Wednesday 5 August 2015
Length: 8 weeks
Time:  6-8pm
Course Price: $80
Enrol here: http://www.cew.ac.nz/WritingFiction.html


Film & Literature Sunday Sessions at Kings Theatre in Kawakawa

Talented local authors and poets from the New Zealand Society of Authors will showcase their work and provide inspiration and guidance on how to turn creative ideas into published books.

The author events run from 1–4pm at the Kings Theatre, 80 Gillies St, Kawakawa, with a complimentary cup of tea from 12.30pm. There is a koha/donation/entry fee of $2, $5, or $10. The events are whānau friendly and tamariki are welcome.

SUNDAY 9 AUGUST

On Sunday 9 August the guest authors include creative non-fiction writer and author of Millennium A Memoir, Peri Hoskins; biography and memoir writer, Kathleen Wynn; personal development writer Gwendolyn Needham; and award-winning writer of young adult fiction and local histories, Diana Menefy. Diana’s novel for young adults set during World War 1, 1915 Wounds of War, was published earlier this year. Her local history, Hukerenui in the beginning is a popular Northland read.

As well as talking about their own writing processes and books published, the authors will form a panel and invite questions from the audience, and there will also be an opportunity to meet and greet the authors and get books signed.

Peri Hoskins

Peri HoskinsOf Ngapuhi and Anglo-Celtic descent, lawyer and writer Peri spent most of his childhood in Whangarei. His first published book, Millennium A memoir is a novella-length piece of creative non-fiction based on a diary he kept during a trip to Tonga at the turn of this century. The underlying theme is the quality of time, and Peri draws on ancient Hindu teachings to reflect the slice of life travelogue. He is currently working on an autobiographical novel, East, based on the five months he spent travelling around Australia in 1994.

Diana Menefy

DiDiana’s writing career began with stories and articles in the New Zealand Farmer and School Journal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. After five years as a part-time feature writer for the local paper, she went freelance to work on commissioned histories. In 2001 her first junior novel River Crossing was published, as well as her sixth commissioned non-fiction book, The Centenary of Whangarei Hospital. Other books followed, including Pounamu New Zealand Jade and her next junior novel, Shadow of the Boyd, which won the LIANZA Esther Glen Medal in 2011 and was shortlisted for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards that year. Her latest historical fiction young adult novel, 1915 Wounds of War, was released in April this year, as well as a new edition of Hukerenui… in the beginning. She is now working on Chasing Silver, about the old silver mines at Puhipuhi in the early 1890s. Diana co-ordinates the NorthTec writing course.

Gwendolyn Needham

GwendolynGwendolyn is a freelance community social educator, leading workshops and writing books in order to inspire and empower people to take charge of their lives. She started writing when she was a priest and saw a need for more basic, non-academic texts on personal development. She has written High Roads: Keys to personal power and business success, Lasting Relationships in Life, Love and Marriage, and Dear Young Adult New Zealanders.

Kathleen Wynn

Kathleen’s first magazine article was published in 1971. She has been writing material for and with students since the 1980s (including plays, which the students performed). In the last 10 years she has focused on writing biography, and has completed or ghost written about 25 biographies and memoirs, many of them for hospice patients. She has also edited two collections of student writing, Find Your Voice, and Speak Out. She tutors on the NorthTec writing course.

SUNDAY 16 AUGUST

The featured authors on Sunday 16 August are award-winning author of a mystical thriller based on the events of 9/11, The Brotherhood of Purity, Connie Atkinson; journalist and author of Love at the End of the Road: Finding my Heart in the Country, Rae Roadley; and fantasy writer Derin Attwood, author of The Token Bearers trilogy.

As well as  talking about their books, these authors will be joined by other NZSA authors and editors to form break-out groups offering tips on getting started, editing, writing memoirs and traditional and non-traditional approaches to getting published. There will also be a chance to meet and greet the authors and purchase signed copies of their books.

Connie D. Atkinson

ConnieOriginally from the USA, Connie Di Carlo-Atkinson is a writer and lecturer. Her latest novel, The Brotherhood of Purity, is a mystical thriller that explores whether it is possible to see a terrorist other than with hate. The novel has won two literary awards. Since the launch of her book, Connie has been actively advocating for alternative means of peaceful resolution to the crises we face in a complex and diverse world.

Derin Attwood

DerinWhangarei fantasy writer Derin Attwood started writing a short story for her children in 2005 that turned into a novel. It became the first book in The Token Bearers trilogy: The Caves of Kirym, The Fortress of Faltryn and The Trail to ChurnygThe Caves of Kirym was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel awards.

Rae Roadley

Rae RoadleyRae Roadley worked in publishing, public relations and journalism before moving to her hometown Whangarei to report for the daily newspaper. She soon fell for a farmer and moved to his farm on a Kaipara Harbour peninsula where she began freelance writing. After being charged by a couple of bulls, she started writing newspaper columns about rural life for The Northern Advocate. Feedback from readers inspired her to write Love at the End of the Road which tells of her life and includes stories about the area’s pioneer past and present. Rae is a writing tutor at NorthTec.

SUNDAY 23 AUGUST

On Sunday 23 August, poets from Whangarei and the Far North will share their love of words in an impromptu ‘open mic’ live performance. Promising energy, passion and humour, all poets are invited to join in the performance on the day.

SUNDAY 30 AUGUST

The final Sunday Session on 30 August will feature local films (details to be advised).

For more information check out www.facebook.com/kingstheatrecreative.


National Poetry Day – Friday 28 August at Mokaba Cafe, Whangarei

NPD-Mokaba-Cafe-Poetry-Poster-V2National Poetry Day will be celebrated in Whangarei with a performance poetry event at Mokaba Café, Town Basin, Whangarei, Friday 28 August, 5.30-9pm. Featuring the launch of Fast Fibres Poetry 2 with poets Piet Nieuwland, Maureen Sudlow, Victoria del la Varis-Woodcock, Michael Botur, and others.

Open Mic Poetry – all welcome.

Contact: mokabapd[at]gmail.com

Facebook: mokaba café poetry  


Storylines Festival Northland Family Day – Saturday 29 August

THE TURNER CENTRE, KERIKERI, 10 AM TO 2 PM

Storylines

Climb aboard the pages of a book and fly on in to the Storylines Family Day in Kerikeri!

Free entry but gold coin donation welcome.

Come and meet our guest authors and illustrators :  Stacy Gregg, Tessa Duder, Ruth Paul, Reading Warrior David Riley, and from Northland, meet
Terry Fitzgibbon, Catherine Foreman,  Mary Kelleher, Di Menefy,
Janine McVeagh,
and Kelly Wilson!

Come and hear storytellers Waikarere Gregory share Māori creation stories
and “The Gardener” Michael Joyce bring some picture books
to life with audience participation…

Listen to stories being read, authors and illustrators talking about their art and craft, create your own illustrations and learn techniques from artists, take part in book quizzes and cartooning workshops, design the next NRL jersey, make a book and book art, learn knots and cat’s cradle, tell your autobiography, have your face painted, learn about e-books from the FNDC Library team, fish for words, create your reading fingerprint AND MORE…

In the Plaza:

  • Stories and words, books and reading, art and craft, activities and fun for all ages.
  • Visit Paper Plus Kerikeri to buy books and get them personally signed.
  • Pop into the FNDC Libraries cave for stories and craft
  • Get your face painted
  • Play some book-ish games – memory challenge book covers, match the character and title, find the NZ setting on a map.
  • Come along in fancy dress as a book character, in your pjs for a story, as a pirate for a pirate parade or as a sporting hero – spot prizes for entries! Meet Spot and Clifford.

In the Writing Zone:

  • Greet authors and talk about being a writer, about reading and books. Guests include Tessa Duder, Stacy Gregg, Kelly Wilson (Kaimanawa Horses), Di Menefy, Janine McVeagh, and Mary Kelleher.
  • Enter the writing competition with a short story telling us about the places reading takes you – perhaps in your imagination through the pages of a book, or maybe real places you like to go to read.
  • Make a hand-made book and tell your own story – eg family event, biography, favourite things.
  • Fish for words to make a sentence, create some art work and small Violet Mackerel treasures out of old books, personalise your bookmarks, create your reading fingerprint and more.
  • Explore some facts and fiction around the sea, horses, and sports – learn how to read a chart, tie a bowline or half hitch, discover a horse’s age from its teeth.

In the Illustration Zone :

  • Meet more authors and illustrators in the illustration zone and be artists together.
  • Guests include Ruth Paul, David Riley, Catherine Foreman and Terry Fitzgibbon.
  • Enter the illustration competition – create an art work to illustrate one of our Storylines Day themes around boats, horses, flowers, dinosaurs or sport
  • Join in making a fabulous mural with artists Terry Fitzgibbon and Ruth Paul – under the sea, doing a dinosaur stomp.
  • Get designing with David Riley, telling a story with a rugby league jersey – create your own theme and colour scheme, or how about a unique take on a wrestler’s mask and outfit?
  • Create the Cat’s Pyjamas for out-of-this-world dreams with Catherine Foreman, and have a go at Stu Duval’s cartoon characters.

In the Storytelling Zone:

  • The Gardener, Michael Joyce, will bring some picture books to life – with the help of the audience!
  • Far North Storyteller Waikarere Gregory tells some Māori creation stories in English and te reo
  • Ruth Paul and Catherine Foreman share their own wonderful picture books with you.

In the Presentation Zone:

  • A quiet space for our guest authors and illustrators to talk to you about their writing and art and share their stories with you.

In the Book Chat / Book Signing area:

  • Come and have a chat one-on-one with our guest authors, and ask them to sign your books.

In the Workshop / Competition Zone :

  • Take part in a Kiwi Kids Book Quiz – 3 levels : Years 1 – 3, Years 4 – 6, Years 7 – 9. Test your knowledge and recall of all our favourite kiwi authors / illustrators / titles and series.
  • Learn about quick-draw cartoons – follow Stu Duval’s simple instructions starting with a letter or a number to create fun faces or wacky critters.

Free entry but gold coin donation welcome.

Invitation to An Afternoon with Geckos on Friday 17 April

Northwrite presenters, Gay Hay and Brenda Martin invite children aged 4–8 years old to explore the world of geckos at the Whangarei Museum and Heritage Park (Kiwi North) on Friday afternoon from 2–3.30 pm. Gay will read her delightfully illustrated Go, Green Gecko! while the children make close-up observations of a live green gecko. After making their own green geckos from craft materials, children and parents will have the opportunity to visit the fascinating geckos that live at the park. There is a koha of $5 per child for this workshop, with all proceeds going to Kiwi North. Parents and caregivers do not need to be attending NorthWrite to come to this event. Gecko

New Presenter for NorthWrite

We are delighted to announce that Bryan Staff of Wordstaff will be running a session on contracts in both the commercial and whānau publishing workshops at NorthWrite.

BryanBryan Staff runs Wordstaff Ltd – a company catering to authors, publishers and editors in the book, magazine, radio and television fields. He has written books for Moa Beckett, Penguin, Sunshine Press, and generated his own book through Batemans on the history of records and record companies in New Zealand. As a photographer Bryan has supplied prints to New Zealand websites, magazines, and pictorial books as well as photographing for record companies. In 2013 he became editor-in-chief for DigiSync Books in New York, overseeing the transcription of English novels and Shakespearean plays into an electronic format for iPads. Last year Bryan edited and produced a book for a friend who wished to record her matriarchal lineage. He is also the subeditor and proof reader for the NZ Genealogical Magazine.

Information on all presenters is available on the presenters’ profile page.

Early Bird Specials Closing

Just a note to remind you that the early bird fee for NorthWrite 2015: Creating books to be proud of closes midnight tomorrow, Tuesday 31 March. Fees then increase by $15. Registrations close 16 April.

Early bird registrations (before 1 April 2015):

  • NZ Society of Authors members $75
  • Non-members $85

Registrations from 1 April 2015:

  • NZ Society of Authors members $85
  • Non-members $100

Download the registration form here: Registration Form

If you have any questions please use the Ask Us A Question page.

NorthWrite 2015 Presenters

After a panel discussion on self-publishing with panellists Maureen Sudlow (picture books and poetry), Diana Menefy (community histories), Peri Hoskins (creative non-fiction/memoir), Kathy Derrick (ebooks) and Derin Attwood (young adult fiction) the seminar will split into two workshop streams: one for those wishing to explore what’s involved in producing a successful publication for friends and family (whanau publishing), and one for those wishing to explore what’s involved in producing a successful publication for the commercial book trade (commercial publishing).

Whānau Publishing

This workshop stream will cover project types (memoir, poetry, photography, community history), research, writing, and editing, the choice and placement of photographs, maps, and other illustrations and images, design issues and publication formats, printing, and contracts with editors and printers. An ebook session will be available for those interested in publishing online. The presenters are:

Diana Menefy

Di MenefyDi Menefy’s first stories and articles were published in the New Zealand Farmer and School Journal in the late 1970s and early 1980s before she got sidetracked into journalism. Di spent five years as a part-time feature writer for local papers until she started writing commissioned histories as a freelance writer. Her first junior novel, River Crossing, was published by Reed in 2001. In 2010, Shadow of the Boyd was published by HarperCollins and won the Esther Glen medal. Her latest novel, Wounds of War published by Scholastic, will be launched at the Whangarei Museum from 5.30-7.30pm on Friday 17 April. NorthWrite participants are most welcome to come along to the launch on the evening before the workshops. Di has recently released an updated edition of one of her community histories, Hukerenui… in the beginning.

Kathleen Wynn

SAMSUNGKath Wynn has taught secondary school students in Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand. She is currently tutoring in the applied writing course at NorthTec, Whangarei. In conjunction with a senior student, she has written a school production, Forward to the Past and she has produced and edited school magazines, school newspapers and two books of student writing. Her articles have been published in a range of magazines. Over the past few years Kath has focused on writing biographies and reflections for hospice patients. She has just completed her 22nd biography. She also works with English Language Partners and has recently completed, with a young Tibetan refugee mother, an autobiography of life and imprisonment in Tibet under Chinese rule.

Lesley Marshall

Lesley MarshallLesley Marshall is a freelance editor who also works as a mentor and assessor for the Society of Authors, teaches specialist writing classes for children, and periodically works as an assessor and mentor for Whitireia Polytechnic. She has created and teaches several specialist editing papers online through NorthTec. Lesley is a founding member of the invitation-only guild of New Zealand editors – the New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors – and has edited numerous memoirs, family histories and other self-published books.

Marie Low

Marie LowMarie Low is an Auckland freelance designer with significant industry experience. She has worked for over 19 years with the educational publishers Pearson. Marie has been a winner of the CLL (Copyright Licensing NZ) Educational Awards five times, most recently in 2014. Marie’s work won the PANZ Book Award for best educational book in 2008 and again in 2009, with Esther Chua. Her passion for good book design is ongoing. Marie will  discuss design options (including formats) with participants in the whānau publishing workshop.

Commercial Publishing

This workshop stream will cover project management, editing and assessment, design, ebooks, contracts, pricing and distribution, and marketing. The presenters are:

Gay Hay and Brenda Martin of Page Break:

Page Break 1Gay Hay and Brenda Martin have self-published three picture books. Their third is currently being printed and will be hot off the press in April and their fourth is currently being illustrated. Their books have been shortlisted for a LIANZA Award in 2012 and the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2013. They have also published a non-fiction handbook for teachers, which has been a commercial success. Gay and Brenda will be presenting a session on project management and the steps required to produce a successful publication.

Margaret Cahill:

Margaret Cahill is a freelance editor. Her expertise includes assessing and editing books for children and young adults. She worked for many years as an editor at Learning Media Limited, where she had responsibility for editing a range of children’s series from the My Feelings series for Early Childhood Education to the Connected series on science, mathematics and technology. She also edited a broad range of materials for teachers. Margaret will discuss the contribution that an editor can make to your work.

Marie Low

Marie LowMarie Low is an Auckland freelance designer with significant industry experience. She has worked for over 19 years with the educational publishers, Pearson. Marie has been a winner of the CLL (Copyright Licensing NZ) Educational Awards five times, most recently in 2014. Marie’s work won the PANZ Book Award for best educational book in 2008 and again in 2009, with Esther Chua. Her passion for good book design is ongoing. Marie will present a session in the commercial publishing workshop, focusing on the contribution that good design makes to marketing.

Katharine Derrick:

Kathy 1Kathy Derrick writes mainly for children and young adults. She has completed a junior novel and is currently working on two young adult novels. Periodically she dips her toe into flash fiction. Kathy has five original fairytale ebooks published online through Amazon and Smashwords and she runs a number of blogs. She is also a trained tertiary teacher and tutors for the NorthTec Applied Writing Diploma. Kathy will be presenting a session on the process of creating an ebook.

Annemarie Florian:

Annemarie FlorianAnnemarie Florian has spent her adult life in the company of children’s books. She has spent many years as a librarian and is the owner of Storytime Books in Whangarei. Annemarie has published a number of children’s books, including the award-winning Kiwi: The Real Story. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the New Zealand book trade. Annemarie will be presenting a session on book distribution and she will give us the lowdown on the current distribution options available in this country.

 

Gillian Hughes:

Gillian HughesGillian Hughes is an experienced public relations specialist who worked in the advertising industry in New Zealand and overseas, before joining New Holland Publishers in 2002. She then moved to Allen & Unwin as a senior publicist, working on a huge list of international authors, including Margaret Attwood. Gillian has also worked for Lighthouse PR, and in 2009 she set up her own PR business, working for publishing houses and with self-published authors. Gillian will be presenting a workshop on self-marketing.

 

Registrations for NorthWrite 2015 are open

Welcome to Northwrite 2015. This year we are organising a one-day event focusing on self-publishing and exploring the steps involved in producing a successful publication. We are planning two workshop streams, one for those interested in writing for their families and/or local communities (whānau publishing), and another for writers planning to publish for the commercial market. These will be held at Maungatapere School (10 minutes west of Whangarei) on 18 April 2015 from 9am to 4.30pm. Our member and guest presenters will share their experiences of self-publishing and provide practical and relevant information. The two workshop streams will ensure that those writing for the trade and those writing for their families or community will receive tuition targeted to their needs. We plan that NorthWrite 2015 will benefit both writers and a more general audience that includes historians, genealogists, and people who support those nearing the end of their lives to record their experiences and their memoirs. The event will open with a panel discussion where Northland branch members will discuss their self-publishing experiences. This has been designed as an opportunity to share practical information and we hope that their experiences will generate further discussion during the day about the work and practice of being an “indie” writer.

After the panel discussion the commercial stream will offer presentations on:

  • project management
  • writing and editing
  • design
  • pricing and distribution
  • marketing
  • ebooks
  • contracts

Our guest presenters are:

  • Gay Hay and Brenda Martin of Page Break. They have self-published three picture books. Their third is currently being printed and will be hot off the press in April and their fourth is being illustrated. Their books have been shortlisted for a LIANZA Award in 2012 and the New Zealand Post Book Awards in 2013. They have also published a non-fiction handbook book for teachers, which has been a commercial success.
  • Marie Low, an Auckland designer, who will discuss the contribution that good design makes to a publication. Marie has been shortlisted for the PANZ Book Design Awards on a number of occasions. She won the Pearson Award for best Educational Book in 2009 with Esther Chua.
  • Gillian Hughes, an experienced public relations specialist, who will cover marketing issues. Gillian worked in the advertising industry in New Zealand and overseas, before joining New Holland Publishers in 2002. She then moved to Allen & Unwin Publishers as Senior Publicist, working on a huge list of international authors. In 2009, Gillian set up her own PR business. She works for publishing houses and with self-published authors. Gillian recently joined Lighthouse PR.
  • Annemarie Florian who has published a number of children’s book including the award-winning Kiwi: The Real Story. She is the owner of Storytime Books in Whangarei. Annemarie has extensive knowledge and experience in the New Zealand book trade. She will give us the lowdown on the current distribution options available in this country.

The whānau stream will offer presentations on:

  • project types (memoir, poetry, photography, community history)
  • research, writing, and editing
  • the choice and placement of photographs, maps, and other illustrations and images
  • design issues and publication formats
  • printing
  • contracts with editors and printers.

The whānau programme will be presented by Northland writers Di Menefy and Kath Wynn, and freelance editor Lesley Marshall. Between them, they have a wealth of experience producing local histories and memoirs. Marie Low will talk about design, and an ebook session will be available for those interested.

Registrations open 1 March 2015.

Early bird registrations (before 1 April 2015):

  • NZ Society of Authors members $75
  • Non-members $85

Registrations from 1 April 2015:

  • NZ Society of Authors members $90
  • Non-members $100

Registrations close 16 April 2015.

Download the registration form here: Registration Form

If you have any questions please use the Ask Us A Question page.