Take a bit of time today to say ‘thank you’ for Margaret Mahy… and if you don’t know her work, and you like to read stories to your children, or to listen to them together, you’re in for a treat. I particularly recommend The Chewing Gum Rescue – stories we listened to many times, on car journeys and at home.
She had a great imagination and, although the stories moved from the whimsical to the fantastic, they were never patronising, covered some great themes and always led to further thought and discussion. It helps that she writes like a dream.
Our version was read by Richard Mitchley, whose melodic expressive voice enhanced the stories. I am still in awe of the mystical and elegaic story about ‘The Griffins of Griffin Hill’. Somewhere in its poetic resonant narrative, Mahy takes her readers/listeners to a new understanding of life.
Margaret Mahy. Pay tribute.