Stories


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Stories on the Go
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Kua whakamāorihia tā Paulo Coelho pukapuka whakaaweawe, e kaha nei hoki te hokona puta noa i te ao, ā, koinei te pukapuka nui katoa te whakawhit ...More

Action & Adventure, Translation
Paulo Coelho

7 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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  Comedian Chris Parker brings his brilliant comic wit to the page. Star of stand-up, winner of Celebrity Treasure Island and lockdown Instagram s ...More

Biography & Memoir, Humor & Comedy
Chris Parker

9 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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Flip Flop Bay is the sixth in the Elastic Island Adventures children’s book series for children aged 7 – 12, but note the books can be read as ...More

Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Travel & Environment
Karen McMillan

18 min read

Published by Duckling Publishing
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Kingdom of Blong is the fifth in the Elastic Island Adventures children’s book series for children aged 7 – 12, although note all the books can b ...More

Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Travel & Environment
Karen McMillan

17 min read

Published by Duckling Publishing
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  Tim Saunders writes about his life and work on the farm that’s been in his family for five generations. He encompasses drought, farming durin ...More

Biography & Memoir, Non Fiction, Travel & Environment
Tim Saunders

31 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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  Jeanette Fitzsimons was a visionary, a pioneer and a radical. This is the story of someone who battles National and Labour’s lock on parliament a ...More

Biography & Memoir
Gareth Hughes

15 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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  Ideas and inspiration to make your Matariki celebrations sparkle. PÕHUTUKAWA Whakamanahia ngā rau kahurangi kua mene ki te pō. E hoki ki ...More

Picture Book
Published by Allen & Unwin
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  He kohinga whakaaro, he kohinga wheako hoki mō te waiata me te haka nā tētahi tokānuku kua aua atu e tū ana i taua ao. Ko Tā Tīmoti Kāretu ...More

Non Fiction, Translation
Published by Auckland University Press
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  Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived ...More

History, Non Fiction
Anne Salmond

5 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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  A landmark anthology of creative work – poetry, fiction and essays – by emerging Asian New Zealand writers. This landmark collection of p ...More

Non Fiction
Paula Morris

24 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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  Nā J.K. Rowling ~ Nā Leon Heketū Blake  i whakamāori  Ko tētahi o ngā tino kōrero mā ngā tamariki ā mohoa nei, ko tā J.K. Ro ...More

Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Translation
J. K. Rowling

33 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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Emotions are messages from your heart, they tell you what you need. Some of them are BIG feelings, and some are very small indeed. Imagine your feelings as c ...More

Picture Book
Rebekah Ballagh

1 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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  “Whenever I think of coming to punish my father, it’s always in a strong wind, and that’s blowing now as I drive up the long, unsealed  ...More

Contemporary Fiction
Owen Marshall

6 min read

Published by Penguin Random House
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  No excuses presentation Dave Letele’s incredible life has taken him from footy to failure, crime to community, fat to fit and riches to rags &# ...More

Biography & Memoir, Non Fiction
Dave Letele

16 min read

Published by Penguin Random House
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Eddy Smallbone (orphan) is grappling with identity, love, loss, and religion. It’s two years since he blew up his school life and the earthquakes ...More

Literary Fiction
Kate De Goldi

22 min read

Published by Allen & Unwin
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  This is a story of doubt. It is a story of people who left little trace. . . . There are no writings to pore over; no monuments to gaze at; no perfect ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Jennifer Ashton

20 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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  He whakamāoritanga i te pukapuka o Puripāha nā Witi Ihimaera mō ētahi whānau hoariri e rua ki Te Tairāwhiti. Ko Puripāha te tapan ...More

Fiction, Maori & Pasifika, Translation
Witi Ihimaera

8 min read

Published by Auckland University Press
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  In New Zealand’s Martinborough, an ex-wine maker is murdered. The precise planning and execution by the unknown assailant begins a series of vi ...More

Mystery & Crime, Psychological Thriller
Published by Squabbling Sparrows Press
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  The chin tattoo confirms the victim is Maori. The whorls of ink from her lower lip to her chin—the moko, is worn only by Maori women. So, her ethni ...More

Mystery & Crime
Catherine Lea

13 min read

Published by Brakelight Press
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  Could Harry Styles be the perfect man for Jo’s daughter Bayley? Surely he would be, if Jo could only wrangle a meeting. When Jo coerces her siste ...More

Romantic Comedy
Published by Pink Van Publishing
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There was the hand to hold and he held it. Beau’s hand, big, bold, Beau’s hand and he felt happy and proud and self-conscious and amazed all at once ...More

Drama, Fiction
Scott Menzies

8 min read

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‘Can I lick the spoon? Please Gran…please.’ Although my older brother got the china mixing bowl as it is in families, I would take the spoon on ...More

Historical Fiction
Garrick Batten

8 min read

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A wedding in the Depression could be – well, depressing when a girl’s happiest day was pinched by poverty. So when Pauline and Eddie married it ...More

NZ History
Garrick Batten

8 min read

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Chapter 1 Anna looped bubble-wrap around her father’s favorite sculpture: a peacock made entirely out of mirrors. The only upside of moving o ...More

Fiction
Amy Blythe

29 min read

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The strap pinches my neck. My fingers poise above the keys. Moonlight highlights the skeletal frame of my alto saxophone. I stretch my eyes out into the dar ...More

Young Writer
Monica Koster

3 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Despite the Lockdown the tides continue to tumble and dance against the land’s surfaces each trying to reach their destination. Each grit of sa ...More

Young Writer
Zoe Barson

2 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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don’t you find this world absolutely hilarious? one second, the globe is turning and earth’s on the brink of extinction: the next the world is still turn ...More

Young Writer
Portia Bishop

2 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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I shuffle forward, cautious of not popping the two-metre bubble that surrounds every person around me. I look behind and see people lost and confused. Some ...More

Young Writer
Bianca Rees

4 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Yessssss, I thought the first day of Lockdown Breakfast was yum on the first day of Lockdown It was cloudy School was out on the first day of Lockdown We went o ...More

Young Writer
Zara Rooney

2 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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I miss you, Life Outside the Gate. ​My gate isn’t very high, but now it feels like the top is touching the clouds. ​Whenever I think about before ever ...More

Young Writer
Betty Mackay

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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“What else will I need?” “Just that will be enough.” I finish filling my drink bottle and prepare myself for the unknown, not knowing if I will com ...More

Young Writer
Arona

4 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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I was rushing around like a headless chicken; measuring, collecting cardboard and forming the plan of attack. My mission? To build a scale model of a Volkswage ...More

Leon Greig

3 min read

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I was looking forward to 2011. I hadn’t been finding 2010 to be a very settled year. On one level I put the unsettled feeling down to it being the ...More

Non Fiction
Kay McKenzie Cooke

12 min read

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So, there are two people walking up View Street after the five o’clock session. He is walking ahead. She is walking behind. View Street is steep, rising ...More

Fiction
Fiona Farrell

31 min read

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With its face to the black and ass to the blue, orbital scaffolding repurposed for the next generation ship, the Gilman was a thing of impossible ugly beaut ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction
AJ Fitzwater

16 min read

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She is heavy on my bedroom wall. I reconstructed her, slapping mortar between each brick, but my room is not big enough so she is reduced to eyes, n ...More

Fiction, Inspired by Street Art
Heather McQuillan

3 min read

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you visit Tuesday after the accident, arms full of pink stargazers and crossword puzzles asking about my slip tentatively, a tight-lipped smile as you sile ...More

Jess Fiebig

1 min read

Mo

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When Mo was born her mother fractured into tiny pieces, her father disintegrated and her family broke up completely. Mo was left in the care of a variety of fos ...More

Fiction
Bill Nagelkerke

18 min read

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A gripping new novel from one of our leading writers. A compulsive and chilling novel about subjugation, survival and the meaning of family. R ...More

Fiction
Carl Nixon

32 min read

Published by Penguin Random House
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    The house at 660 Castle Street was built as a Presbyterian Manse in 1923, designed by architect E.W. Walden and built by Loan and W ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

7 min read

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I had a sinking feeling in my stomach that January when I arrived in Dunedin. I stood in front of the dirty shallow porch of my flat and it wasn’t qui ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

11 min read

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It was a pretty chill place to live for the first two thirds of the year. It was a place of freedom and acceptance, a place of thinking, talking, cups of tea ...More

History, Non Fiction, NZ History
Sarah K Gallagher

15 min read

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The talk and chatter of my family over the hum of the radio, beneath the conversations of the sheep and the rustle of plants, dancing in the wind. All ...More

Young Writer
Clara Giller

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Inspired by a brooch made from bullets, Kaiapoi Museum.   The bullets are usually found in the sand, often around a day after a battle, make su ...More

Young Writer
Kaelani Pockson

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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We flip on the trampoline and wince as our fragile flesh scrapes the net. We stare at screens try to improve our eyesight by gazing deep into the pixelat ...More

Young Writer
Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Dear Earth, Before we go, we’d just like to say a few things. When we first arrived, we were born into a world that (so it seemed) you had adapted sole ...More

Young Writer
Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Polly lounges in her usual spot at McDonalds, fourth table from the right. She studies the colour of the wall behind her. Red, her favourite colour. That i ...More

Young Writer
Emily Tipper

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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When a baby is born, it’s the happiest day of your life You are handed a bundle of perfection, You make a promise to be the baby’s protector ...More

Young Writer
Rosie Cruickshank

2 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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In my game, Zombies roam. In my game, Creepers groan. In my game, skeletons run with arrows & bows. In my game, I am the only good guy. In my game, villag ...More

Young Writer
Dylan Wright

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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My garden was always my haven. How could it not be, when I spent half my life in a sulphury darkness? I had a villa, marble and gold, fragranced ...More

Young Writer
Molly Laurence

2 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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My monster is quite unique With a certain frame of mind He specialises in fear, you know The very best of his kind Although he creaks the floorboards (jumping ...More

Young Writer
Molly Laurence

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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A pirate ran off with my heart today, stitched it to his billowing sleeve, which was sweet, I suppose. He pilfered my shirt too, refusing to do his own laundry. ...More

Young Writer
Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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I am a kākāpō. I live in Whenua Hou (Codfish Island). I BOOM rimu berries. They are delicious. I TWEET mosses and ferns. They are padded. I HO ...More

Young Writer
Carlos Ruiz-Ayala

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Sitting on the small brick fence outside the night shelter, watching the early morning commuters. Thinking about the dream he had last night. He was ...More

Fiction
Karen Clarke

4 min read

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Large brown seals dot the craggy flat like giant cigars spilled from a box. They roll and scratch against the rough rock, big blobs blending in with brown sea ...More

Drama, Fiction, Maori & Pasifika
Jenna Heller

4 min read

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On the first night, Grace dreamed of country music. Traditional troubadours like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson. She woke up with the twang ...More

Drama, Fiction, Travel & Environment
Jenna Heller

20 min read

Right in the middle of trying to keep the schnitzel from burning and the broccoli from becoming a waterlogged mess and while Lucy fed the goldfish an ...More

Drama, Fiction
Jenna Heller

6 min read

We rode with the wind at our backs. Cut across Mr Sandbird’s yard even as he yelled at us to get off his property. Gave him the finger and laughed ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fiction
Jenna Heller

2 min read

The photo shows two dozen red and yellow beetles inside a dog’s mouth. A trail of ladybug-like insects thumbtacked to the roof and wedged behind ...More

Fiction
Jenna Heller

2 min read

Leila stood in the doorway, her little legs shaking in her blueberry pjs. “I don’t want to, Daddy,” she whispered. “Come on, sweetheart,” ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction, Humor & Comedy
Sarah Pratt

4 min read

One by one he turns the pages of the book. The paper rustles against his dry fingers and I swallow in anticipation. He reads the words and his face cracks in ...More

Psychological Thriller
Marie Muhl

5 min read

Some relationships are destined to last. Others end in tears, mass destruction or an intractable skin rash. My love affair in the winter of 2002 was doome ...More

Biography & Memoir
Nod Ghosh

11 min read

  Prefabricated tilt-slab with steel reinforcing shipped from a Guangzhou factory a city street long. Delivered by a bevy of cranes criss-crossing a ...More

Ozmond had a round head; he was floating, dreamed he was on a wave with other round heads. When his head fell off, his eyes sprang open. A group of ...More

Gail Ingram

1 min read

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Inspiration: Artwork by Cracked Ink   Silver fences keep me from the touch of tourists. I am kissed by cameras, spoken around, as though I have not ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Meché Phillips

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Jacob Yikes   The afternoon sun has made Alice sleepy. She follows White Rabbit down a different dark, mossy hole and emerges ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Alice Li

2 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: “Elephants” by Owen Dippie     A family, part of a herd, strong, steady and constant. My first visit to Chri ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Jean-Paul Leung

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: “Hide and Seek” by Wongi “Freak” Wilson     I walked across the bustling street, a soft breeze ...More

Inspired by Street Art, Young Writer
Hazel Young

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission

Inspiration: Artwork by Berst Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/456   Picture this ……. Calming, ...More

Anne Forne

1 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Jacob Yikes Artwork location, details and photo credit: https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/454   Construction, the ...More

Joy Howard

2 min read

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Inspiration: Kaitaki by Fin Dac     Ōtautahi I am the guard  Keeper of the land protector of my children Teacher of my students ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Katelyn Gee

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke     Rarer than gold Water shading, light dancing, greased lightning. Shimm ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Fern Mercier

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Owen Dippie Ballerina twirling past me dressed in a beautiful blue. Two girls invite me to play their game of hide and seek. ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Cleo Hopkinson

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Cracked Ink   Cluttered clouds brimmed the bleak sky. Rain Rapidly drenched the buildings. The gusty wind Accelerated furi ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Amor Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Richard “Pops” Baker   Don’t hang me on the wall of your lounge Freeze frame frozen in time I need und ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission

Inspiration: Artwork by Haruko Furukawa Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/775 The sun settled as it dri ...More

Amor Budiyanto

2 min read

Inspiration: Artwork by Anne McDonald Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/770 Scratching on a hairy p ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Selena Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by Tepid and Wisk     A continuous loop repeating itself. A couple seconds closer to your birthday. A few seconds closer to d ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Amor Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission

Inspiration: Artwork by Berst Artwork location, details and photo credit https://watchthisspace.org.nz/artwork/456 A strange creature followed me. ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Selena Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Artwork by D Side     Cluck, cluck, cluck, A pirate digging. Dig, dig, dig, Deeper in the sand. Brr, brr, The tree leaves swishing, S ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Selena Budiyanto

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: She came from the stars by Vexta   Cracks in calm conversational contrast A headstrong song holds on as They play along She’s fine wi ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Alia Govin-Fowler

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Kaitaki by Fin Dac Feathers rising high above the clouds Powerful wāhine warrior, our guardian Watching and waiting Protecting Chr ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: Forces by Dr. Suits     Geometry at odds And connected Evolving blues and yellows Sea and sky, Community repatterning Young, urb ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Jo Sharp

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: The Hector Dive by Telmo and Miel     Take me with you, Dolphin, let me Clasp tightly Onto your jagged fin Breath through your gil ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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Inspiration: High Pressure/Low Pressure by Josh O’Rourke   Dragons fly easy High streams of sibylline light Lazy loops of gold Cerulean mys ...More

Inspired by Street Art
Fern Mercier

1 min read

Published by Paint n' Pen Submission
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I am lost in countless dizzying turns and endless corridors. A bare light bulb flickers as I pass beneath it. I flinch involuntarily. Ping! The f ...More

Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Young Writer
Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Nobody knew who he was. Or where he came from. Only that he lived on the traffic island in the middle of the intersection and had one arm. When he first app ...More

Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Young Writer
Lilah Hughes

4 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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I remember the clock He liked to count down Whether we liked it or not, Whether we smiled or frowned He hung in my house On the nursery wall We saw him as ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction, Young Writer
Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Meet her in the forest You’ll find her fascinating She may not welcome you but she has no choice in this The tree which she is forever linked t ...More

Drama, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction, Young Writer
Sophia Williamson

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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When someone tells you to picture a magician, what do you think of? Daniel Radcliffe, complete with a wand and broomstick? Or perhaps a cheesy performer ...More

Biography & Memoir, Non Fiction, Young Writer
Amelia Kirkness

9 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Flowers. There are a lot of flowers. Every day someone crouches by me, one hand on their heart and the other holding a bunch of flowers. Lilies, lilacs, ros ...More

Non Fiction, NZ History, Young Writer
Olivia Ruland

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Grayce huddled in the dark of her bedroom. The slithering sound came again, something scraping, knocking. Scrape-knock-knock-slide-slither. Somewhere ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Young Writer
Sarah-Kate Simons

3 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine

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They didn’t want my name to be conventional. It’s a quick, sharp sound, a sound that belongs with cricket chirps and snapping twigs, brilliant as a flash o ...More

Fantasy & Science Fiction, Young Writer
Sarah-Kate Simons

3 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Hazel leaned over, brushing her lips against her sister’s forehead. “Goodbye.” She fumbled with the window, shoving it open, greeted by a gust ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Young Writer
Emma Warwick

3 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine

“I”m pregnant again”.    I was measuring flour into the sieve and gently banging it against the heel of my hand.  He was hunched over the computer. ...More

Biography & Memoir, Food
Sile Mannion

4 min read

Today, my feelings are too big for my body They catch and hold fast in my throat They stream down my face And burn on my skin May they emerge as kindness As c ...More

Fiction
Sarina Dickson

1 min read

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The murmur of voices Are symphony to flashing lights Tapping keys Coloured lines of code Changing Adjusting Advancing. Jumbles of letters Make up words I can ...More

Non Fiction, Young Writer
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To send a letter you must have something important to say. Got it? Good, now write it on a piece of paper, then pop it in an envelope and seal it with yo ...More

Young Writer
Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Kiss frogs. Sleep for 100 years. Turn into a human and not speaking. Sneak out late at night. Change your mum into a bear and back again. Lose your ...More

Young Writer
Jessica McLister

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Take some Milky Way dust Mix in some galaxies Wrench some light from inside a black hole It should be spaghettified and tender Knead in some rusty colou ...More

Young Writer
Alice Mcpike

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine

“What do you intend to do about this disgraceful situation?” Alison Carrington seethed. Mayor Harper stared at the outraged, elderly woman, like a man abou ...More

Drama, Fiction
Andrew M. Bell

22 min read

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His fur is silky black, blue eyes wild, teeth glistening white – white like the snow that fell last winter, like the oleander that grows by the ravine ...More

Young Writer
Krissie Bearsley

6 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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“Come on, Moon, it’s time to hunt.” Sunrise went first to check if there was any danger. Moon tried to go before Sunrise had said the coast was c ...More

Young Writer
Bronnie Homer

4 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Zzzzz ….. zzzz ……. An annoying noise was causing hindrance to my much desired afternoon nap. I somehow manage to open my eyes partially, and with half-c ...More

Young Writer
Srinika Guha

4 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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knitted scarves wrap around her neck while legs freeze beneath leopard-                                print leggin ...More

Young Writer
Elizabeth Steel

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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When I pick her up she feels warm and frail. She’s like a giraffe sticking her neck high above the canopy searching for a decent snack. When she fli ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
Blake Lucas

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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You can do it for fitness You can do it for play You can ride your bike All of the day When you drive in a car It creates pollution Join with me Start the ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
Cooper Harris

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine
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Feijoas roll down the roof to be pecked by the birds startling the rats which scurry above. A grimy workbench dusty with tools next to a soggy, wet lead chew ...More

Fiction, Young Writer
Georgia Daniell

1 min read

Published by WRITE ON Magazine

Being the middle child of five girls and three boys in 1940’s and 50’s in my native Ireland, I never had the chance to actually own a bicycle in ...More

Action & Adventure, Biography & Memoir, History, Non Fiction
Catherine Byrne

4 min read

The baby’s finally asleep. The father is home from work. I haven’t been alone in days. This is it…. “She’s asleep”…”I’m j ...More

Drama, Non Fiction
Jennifer Rankin

1 min read

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I was two years old when I got my first bike It was better than your little trike We found it in the bushes My dad fixed it up for me He welded it back together ...More

Young Writer
Ted Schroeder

1 min read

Published by Biketober 2018 Writing Competiton
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Oh bicycle, Oh bicycle, I shall call you Amelia. Amelia, Amelia, I love you so. You carry me around. Amelia, Amelia, Riding you is divine. You ar ...More

Young Writer
Alex Wylie

1 min read

Published by Biketober 2018 Writing Competiton

Google maps you take me though the underpass fast on my bike in the night my lights flash on the shapes of down and outs the louts, layabouts who shout obsce ...More

Non Fiction, Travel & Environment
Melanie Dixon

1 min read

The trick is to hear the voices in the rain but not to listen. What’s the phrase? Feel the fear and do it anyway. Well not only can I feel the fear but I c ...More

Ciaran Fox

2 min read

Eve is busy setting the long thin tables – fork knife fork knife fork knife – and doesn’t see him approach. “Do you want some help?” She thinks i ...More

Fiction
Rachael King

12 min read

Jerry and his friend, Ross, were playing in Jerry’s sandpit. Charlie appeared. “What are you playing?” Charlie asked Jerry. “Planes.” Jerry hel ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction
Andrew M. Bell

5 min read

The time had come. In the warm darkness of his egg, the flamingo chick moved. Crack! His mother stood up. She fussed about, touching the egg gently with he ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Travel & Environment
Andrew M. Bell

14 min read

It’s what I could do to help Fleur out. Family is family. The last Friday each month, we’d drive into the city from opposite directions, and in the motel ...More

Fiction
Heather McQuillan

2 min read

I ate my brother. I was always fond of him, looked up to him. He was older than me. I measured myself against him. We stood back to back. At first I only ...More

Fiction
Helen Heath

2 min read

Pull-my-Finger the Giant only had one joke, probably like your dad or grandad. But he was very fond of it and he told it as often as he could. This was it ...More

Humor & Comedy

John paused and turned away from his screen to glance at the steaming cup of coffee. Something felt a little off but he couldn’t place his finger on i ...More

Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction
Steven Moe

18 min read

The dragonfly’s eyes are made up of multiple hexagons. Inside each hexagon is a black and white picture of my face. I’ve printed the photos from my fil ...More

Fiction
Gail Ingram

2 min read

Find the hidden sequence of words: the first letter of each makes the puzzle answer. e.g. he offers trust = HOT Sometimes fresh air feels like waking up ...More

Humor & Comedy
Raewyn Dawson

1 min read

It’s been nearly 70 years since my children left home. That sounds ridiculous but I am 120 years old. When they left, my house felt empty. I began to ...More

Fiction, Travel & Environment
Kat Miller

12 min read

It’s morning. I know this because the clock says 7.23 and a finger of light is trying to pull back the curtains. My room faces east. So that makes it morni ...More

Fiction
Rachael King

22 min read

‘How’s Alex?’ Hope said. She and Molly were sitting in a café by the river in early spring drinking tea from the same pot. Molly sighed, looked ...More

Fiction
Pip Adam

19 min read

because of their size they gather crystals and clouds sharp and sparse collections of sun-catchers until that first nasty week in June then they l ...More

Travel & Environment
Amy Blythe

1 min read

It was a glimpse into Paradise. The sun caught the old town first, its jumble of faded pastels glowing like the gilded ceilings of the Vatican – yellow ...More

Fiction
Mandy Hager

22 min read

  Extract from Mazarine published by Penguin Random House   Twelve I hadn’t expected Sophie Greenaway to be at work in the middle of the summ ...More

Action & Adventure, Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Charlotte Grimshaw

22 min read

Con walks down the streets of Newtown from Berhampore, past the damp, narrow houses, tipped into the wind, cold rain spitting into his face. There’s the ...More

Drama
Julie Hill

14 min read