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Date: 19 July 2017

Local author Margaret McMahon will be talking about her experiences moving from corporate Sydney to a rural Hunter Valley life at the next Look Who’s Talking Local Author event to be held at Maitland Library from 6.00pm to  7.30pm on Wednesday.

Like many others, Margaret McMahon dreamed of a tree change. In a spur of the moment decision, she made the move from the city to the country. Leaving her Sydney home and her career as a solicitor, she and her husband moved to the Hunter Valley to buy and run a grazing property. What started as a dream move quickly turned into a nightmare. Running a commercial farm was often dispiriting and hard work but Margaret was undaunted. Trial and error and the imagination to challenge existing agricultural practices prompted a new approach.

Her book ‘Tree Change: Koalas in the kitchen – butterflies in the bush’, tells of Margaret’s experiences and challenges in combining the demands of motherhood, carer, solicitor and farm manager with her love of working with the land and the environment.

Maitland City Librarian Keryl Collard says, ‘Margaret McMahon’s story is one of courage and perseverance and it tells of the author’s journey to establish a new and better life and her determination to make it succeed.’

Margaret was born in 1940 and followed her father into the legal profession after completing a law degree at Sydney University. She has won a number of prestigious awards and her book ‘Moving Out’, a guide to adult living for young people, was especially popular. She and her husband have now retired and live in Newcastle.

Bookings for this event are essential and may be made online at For more information call Maitland Library on 4933 6952.

Margaret McMahon appears for Maitland City Library’s Look Who’s Talking Local Authors on Wednesday 19 July at Maitland Library from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. The event is free.