New Zealand
Toss Woollaston
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Margaret Mahy

Knowledge Identifier: +Margaret_Mahy


Margaret Mahy

New Zealand author of children's and young adult books add

Category: Literature

Born in 1936.

Countries: New Zealand (89%), (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: New Zealand, Toss Woollaston, Grant Tilly

Linked to: Auckland University College, Canterbury University College, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, New Zealand Library School




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Margaret Mahy was born in 1936 add something


In 1956 she trained at the New Zealand Library School, Wellington as a librarian add something


CCSU lists 32 "Highly Commended" runners up for the Carnegie Medal from 1966 to 2002 but only three before 1979 when the distinction became approximately annual add something


During this time she had many stories published in the New Zealand School Journal, and her first book, "A Lion in the Meadow", published in 1969, saw her become known internationally add something


She worked as a librarian in Petone, the School Library Service in Christchurch, and in 1976 was appointed Children's Librarian at Canterbury Public Library add something


From 1979 there were 29 "HC" books in 24 years including Mahy alone in 1987 add something


She became a full-time writer in 1980, and went on to win numerous awards for her books, and honours for her contribution to New Zealand and children's literature, including an honorary doctorate in the form of a Doctor of Letters from the University of Canterbury add something


Mahy won the Carnegie Medal in 1982, for her book "The Haunting" add something


In 1984 she won the medal again for "The Changeover" add something


In 1985 she established the Margaret Mahy Fees Scholarship at the University of Canterbury add something


The Margaret Mahy Medal award was established by the New Zealand Children's Book Foundation in 1991 to provide recognition of excellence in children's literature, publishing and literacy in New Zealand add something


Since 1995 there are usually eight books on the Carnegie shortlist add something


Grant Tilly - His television credits include an *award-winning performance as artist Toss Woollaston in the teleplay "Erua", Reverend Henry Williams in the historical epic "The Governor", the Margaret Mahy fantasy "Cuckooland" , and a starring role in 2009 short "Roof Rattling"


In 2006, Margaret Mahy won the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen award for Writing, in recognition of her lifetime contribution to children's literature add something


In March 2009, Mahy was commemorated as one of the Twelve Local Heroes, and a bronze bust of her was unveiled outside the Christchurch Arts Centre add something


In 2010 a television series of her book "Kaitangata Twitch" aired on Maori Television add something

Margaret Mahy died in 2012 add something


She had been diagnosed with an inoperable cancerous jaw tumour in April 2012 and had been moved to a hospice about nine days before her death add something


Mahy died in Christchurch on 23 July 2012, aged 76 add something


Fleur Beale - In 2012, Beale became the last recipient of the Margaret Mahy Award during Margaret Mahy's lifetime


In 2013, the top prize at the New Zealand Post Children's Book awards was renamed the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award add something


Her final book "Tail of a Tale", published posthumously in 2014, was commissioned by Polish photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty add something