People were stunned and sad for her family and friends. And we felt the loss of someone with a heart as big and free as her imagination.
We paid tribute in as many ways:
- Walking in Margaret Mahy’s wig.
- Librarians Sue Colyer and Louise Easter who worked at the library with Margaret spoke at the public ceremony celebrating Margaret’s life.
- Libraries did displays – see the images from our Margaret Mahy display in the Aotearoa New Zealand collection, Central Library Tuam.
- Fun Margaret Mahy storytimes in our libraries.
This year, we are having some more Mahy funtimes at our libraries.
- “When I have an idea properly established I think of it all the time . . . driving, gardening, shopping . . . sometimes the story becomes so interesting to me that real life becomes rather shadowy for a while” and more Margaret in her own words
- The Word-eater: Our very own library Margaret Mahy story with pics of Central Library on Gloucester Street
Here is an omnium gatherum of some of our favourite tributes:
- What I learned from Margaret Mahy by Moata Tamaira on her Stuff blog Blog Idle
- Inspiring author a global favourite by Mike Crean in The Press
- Memories of Margaret Mahy by Guy Somerset in the New Zealand Listener
- Open house: Margaret Mahy, The Storyteller in The Meadow Craig Ranapia on his Public Address blog Muse. There is an open forum for people to share their memories.
- R.I.P. Margaret Mahy 21 March 1936 – 23 July 2012 by Graham ‘Bookman’ Beattie on his Beattie’s Book blog.
- Margaret Mahy, hero by Elizabeth Knox
- Margaret Mahy a tribute and Storify by Sarah Gallager on her blog.
- Margaret Mahy by Deborah Shepard on her website.
- Margaret Mahy: the unassuming doyenne of children’s literature by Jillian Ewart, writer for The Read on the BooksellersNZ website.
- Margaret Mahy: Enchanted by life’s possibilities by Phil Taylor in The New Zealand Herald
RIP M.M. Much missed.