Canadian author Claire Mackay – winner of five literary awards, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work and the Ruth Schwartz Award for One Proud Summer – has died aged 82.
Her good friend and fellow author Jean Little recalls, ““We always sat together in the first row at meetings, and I know we were very bad. I was at a meeting the other day, and it seemed to me it was very boring. I miss her terribly.”
The first thing everyone says about children’s author Claire Mackay is that she was funny. Other words and phrases come up – witty, generous, lover of words and language – but everyone starts with “funny.”
“She was killingly funny,” says children’s book author Tim Wynne-Jones. “You wanted to stand near her at meetings, whenever you got a chance, because she’d always have some great aside to make, especially when someone was yattering. Never nasty, but always funny and accurate.