Margaret Mahy (2844 words)


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Margaret Mahy is a prolific New Zealand writer for children and young adults, celebrated for her ability to remake the world in works that are by turns magical, joyful, funny and sinister. She is one of the most successful authors to emerge from New Zealand, having received many honours and awards, amongst them the Order of New Zealand (in 1993) and the highly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen award for a lasting contribution to children’s literature (in 2006). Mahy writes novels, stories, poems, songs, plays and screenplays, and advocates strongly for both children’s literature and indigenous writing about her homeland.

Mahy was born in Whakatane on 21 March 1936 to parents who valued their English connections and …

Citation: Waller, Alison. "Margaret Mahy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 September 2010 [, accessed 07 August 2022.]

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