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Margaret Wild Margaret Wild i(A29397 works by)
Born: Established: 1948
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South Africa,
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Southern Africa, Africa,
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Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1972
Heritage: South African
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BiographyHistory

Margaret Wild was born in Eshowe, a country town in South Africa. Her father was a bank manager and Wild's early life was spent frequently moving around; however, she spent a lot of time in Johannesburg and attended local state schools there.

After leaving school, she worked as a journalist on country and city newspapers, including the West Rand Times and the Johannesburg Star. In the early 1970s, she came to Australia and worked as a feature writer on several magazines including Dolly. She then completed her formal education at the Australian National University in Canberra. After returning to Sydney in 1980, she combined child rearing with freelance writing, including Cleo magazine.

From 1984 to 2000, Margaret worked as a publisher of children's books, most recently at ABC Books. Margaret is well known for beautifully crafted and moving picture book texts, with two of these winning the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award The Very Best of Friends (1989) and Jenny Angel (1999). Several others have been Short Listed for these awards. Her books have also featured as American Library Association Notable Books.

Frequent themes include family relationships and such traumas as facing fears, experiencing death and memory loss, and suffering loss. Let the Celebrations Begin (1991), an uplifting story of children in a concentration camp, demonstrates the ability of this author to treat controversial topics with great sensitivity. Many of Australia's most outstanding picture book illustrators, including Julie Vivas, Jane Tanner, Kerry Argent, Gregory Rogers, and Ann James enhance the work of this author. Many of her works have been published overseas.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Goodbye House, Hello House Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15990677 2019 single work picture book children's

'This is the last time I'll fish in this river. This is the last time I'll run through these trees. This is the last time I'll dream by this fire. . . Goodbye, old house. Goodbye.

'A heart-warming story of letting go and starting anew, of moving from the country to the city, with a unique illustration style that allows room and space for the reader's imagination. Hello, new house. Hello!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Chalk Boy Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13658931 2018 single work picture book children's

'A soulful and heartwarming story about what happens when a pavement artist's drawing comes to life.'

Barnaby is a pavement artist. This morning he started drawing me. I have a head that can think, eyes that can see, ears that can hear and legs that can run. Best of all, I have a heart that can feel. Thank you, Barnaby.
(Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
2019 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon The Feather Richmond : Hardie Grant Egmont , 2018 12569578 2018 single work picture book children's

'‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul’—Emily Dickinson

'This is a story about hope, kindness and redemption set in a grey dystopian world. When a great feather drifts from the leaden sky, two children recognise its extraordinariness and take it to the village for its protection. The villagers, however, want to encase it, upon which the feather loses its radiance. The children take it home and care for it through the night. In the morning it is again radiant, and when they set it free it leaves behind the first signs of blue sky and colour. The ambiguous ending invites multiple interpretations about the effects of selflessness and kindness.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
2019 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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