At or around 11am on Saturday the 11th August a Reading Aloud Tribute in honour of Margaret Mahy, a New Zealand writing treasure of children’s and young adult stories, who recently passed away, is being held across the country here in New Zealand. Authors and Illustrators are going into libraries and reading a Margaret Mahy book. In Australia and other parts of the world she is also being remembered.
New Zealand lost one of its favourite children’s writers. Known for her colourful wigs, storytelling and even more colourful writing, Margaret has penned 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 short stories. She was one of thirty writers to win the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award. Among her many awards she was also an honorary doctorate, and for her contributions to children’s literature she was made a member of the Order of New Zealand. Her books have been printed in many languages, and apart from some supernatural, much of her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.
There is a blog set up in honour of Margaret Mahy in which you can find where readings are taking place or if you wish to post what is happening in your area, town, or country, to honour a much loved writer. http://mmnationwide.blogspot.co.nz/
It was believed Margaret was still looking for story ideas and writing till her death. Here is a lovely write up, and do watch the video clip for some interesting insight between writer and editor.. http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/7334039/Margaret-Mahys-death-a-huge-loss
From the Christchurch Library a fun interview with students. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Kids/ChildrensAuthors/MargaretMahy.asp
Also the Margaret Mahy Page from the Christchurch Library is a great writing resource. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/MargaretMahy/OwnWords/
While I scoured the libraries only to find all Margaret Mahy books were taken out I then visited a few books stores and finally found one who had hidden the last two books of hers behind the counter after they started flying out the door. So I now have those last two books. Watch out for a following post, a review on Margaret Mahy’s Classic A Summery Saturday Morning and of course her famed… The Lion in the Meadow.