Children’s author Margaret Mahy died this week.

Mahy was an internationally celebrated author of books, children’s stories and children’s verse.

Her poems such as ‘Bubble Trouble’ were included in national and international anthologies, including Bill Manhire’s 121 New Zealand Poems (2005), Our Favourite Poems: New Zealanders Choose Their Favourite Poems (2007), The Quentin Blake Book of Nonsense Verse (1994), The Puffin Book of Nonsense Verse (1996) and Pumpkin Grumpkin: Nonsense Poems from Around the World (2011).

Tessa Duder edited her Word Witch collection of ‘magical verse’ in 2009.

PANZA member Mark Pirie remembers reading Margaret’s contributions to The New Zealand School Journal and books like A Lion in the Meadow as a child at WadestownSchool. He greatly enjoyed Margaret’s work.

PANZA extends their sympathies to Margaret’s friends and family at this time.