REMEMBERED IN PRINT: Author Gillian Mears, at her home with one of her cats, publicising her book The Cat With the Coloured Tail. She died last week.
REMEMBERED IN PRINT: Author Gillian Mears, at her home with one of her cats, publicising her book The Cat With the Coloured Tail. She died last week. Adam Hourigan

Mears leaves a large literary legacy in her local area

“SHE writes like an angel.” That was one reviewer’s description of Gillian Mears’s book Foal’s Bread.

Her passing at the age of 51, at a property between Grafton and Casino, has shaken the literary world.

Mears battled multiple sclerosis for many years.

She moved with her family to the Clarence Valley when she was nine years old.

It was here her love of horses developed. It was a connection that grew into her novel Foal’s Bread, which won the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Award in 2011.

After Foal’s Bread, Mears launched her next novel, The Cat with the Coloured Tail, at Grafton Regional Gallery.

Her other novels were The Grass Sister, which was shortlisted for the Common- wealth Writers’ Prize, as

was The Mint Lawn that also won The Australian Vogel Award.

She also published collections of short stories, including Ride a Cock Horse, Fineflour and A Map of the Gardens.

In 2014 Mears was named an ambassador for the Clarence Valley.

The author died on Monday, May 16, after living with the degenerative effects of multiple sclerosis for 20 years.

She had been an advocate for euthanasia and in an interview on the ABC’s One Plus One she said of dying: “Why not go while I’m this far ahead.”

There are six books by Mears available for loan at the Casino Library.



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