Service to farewell Margaret Mahy
Wed, 01 Aug 2012 5:28a.m.
The life of New Zealand's most acclaimed children's author Margaret Mahy will be celebrated at a public service in Christchurch on Wednesday.
Mahy died in Christchurch last Monday, aged 76, three months after being diagnosed with cancer.
A public event, which will include a choir performance and readings, will be held from 2pm at the Geodome in Hagley Park.
Mahy penned more than 120 published works for children and young adults, including favourites The Lion in the Meadow, Maddigan's Quest, and The Man whose Mother was a Pirate.
She also received many awards during her decades as a writer, including the premier international children's literature prize the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
In 1993, Mahy was awarded New Zealand's highest honour, the New Zealand Order of Merit, which is held by only 20 people at a time.
Mahy spent a lot of time sharing her gift for writing with the children who loved her books.
She is said to have replied to every letter she received.
Mahy, who was born in Whakatane, is survived by her two daughters and seven grandchildren.
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2/08/2012 9:22:44 a.m.
Annie Cox wrote:
I was reading your notice about the Public Service for Margaret Mahy. I would just like to say that when reading the notice it was very disjointed. Quote..Public Service will be held on Wednesday...no date ...no venue. Then a few lines down you had written that a Public Event with choir performance and readings will be held at 2pm at the Geodome in Hagley Park, again no date. Now that could read that there are two meetings or that maybe that is the meeting. So where is the time, date and venue of the Public service first mentioned. Or the Public Event is the Public Service mentioned earlier and it is at the Geodome at Hagley park ...no address and it is at 2pm , no date. Not everyone comes from ChCh and many may have travelled for the farewell of Margaret Mahy.Im not one to usually make comment, but had to mention the frustratating piece of reading in your 'Public Notice'
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