19 Feb 2020

Author Maria Gill awarded the Margaret Mahy Medal

From Nine To Noon, 11:25 am on 19 February 2020

Maria Gill is a prolific writer of books for young New Zealanders, and her efforts have earned her one of this country's highest literary honours for children's writing. Maria Gill has penned more than 60 books, articles and short stories, many of them non-fiction works with a strong focus on New Zealand history and the environment. Her latest book, Ice Breaker, is about the Antarctic expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton on the Endurance - captained by New Zealander Frank Worsley - and how it turned into a race for survival when the ship became trapped and wrecked by the ice. She joins Kathryn to talk about what winning this year's Margaret Mahy Medal means for her.