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I was asked if I could pass this around:

Remembering Margaret Mahy: A Saturday Symposium

Date: 22 September 2012 Time: 9.00 am

Mahy’s biographer Tessa Duder, film-maker Dave Gibson, and writer Elizabeth Knox join a dozen writers and academics from around the country in a day-long series of talks and discussions covering everything from Mahy’s work in the “Ready to Read” primers through to her sophisticated novels for Young Adults.

When: Saturday 22 September 2012, 9am Where: Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 2, Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington Registration Cost: $30.00 Registration includes morning and afternoon tea. BYO lunch or try a nearby café.

NOTE: Your registration is not valid until you have successfully completed the entire process and received a printable confirmation page and an email confirmation.

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Bronze bust of Margaret Mahy, part of the Twelve Local Heroes sculpture

Mahy was, and should be remembered as, on of New Zealand’s greatest writers, and not just a great children’s writer but a great writer full stop. Mahy was also a children’s  librarian for many years.

I have seen on twitter people asking what is others to name their favourite stories by Mahy. I have trouble narrowing the field down from 100. If push comes to shove I would probably list The Lion in The Meadow, or The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate or The Witch in the Cherry Tree, or Jam.

Truly there is a little less magic in the world today.

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