18 July 1926
Jean Margaret Wemyss (later ML) was born in Neepawa
(the town which later modelled for her fictional Manawaka), her parents' only child.
By December 1954
ML published her first book at Nairobi
: A Tree for Poverty: Somali Poetry and Prose
, a volume collecting translations of folk literature composed in a language which was as yet exclusively oral.
7 February 1973
ML told the poet Al Purdy that she had finished The Diviners
, and that her withdrawal symptoms on completing it were worse than usual because she had now brought her sequence of five Manawaka books to a close.
ML published her final novel, The Diviners
, whose heroine, Morag Gunn, is another native of Manawaka.
5 January 1987
ML, under diagnosis of terminal lung cancer, ended her own life at her home in Lakefield
By August 1989
ML's unfinished memoir, Dance On The Earth
, was posthumously published, completed by her daughter, Jocelyn Laurence
, with a photo by her son, David Laurence