Tribute to PD James-approved writer who died in Manchester crash

Olga Kenyon Image copyright GMP
Image caption Olga Kenyon, 77, had eight books published

Tributes have been paid to a retired lecturer and author who died after she was hit by a van in Manchester.

Police said 77-year-old Olga Kenyon was hit on a busy junction of Chester Road, Hulme, near her home on 26 September.

The married mother-of-three and grandmother-of-seven had eight books published, including '800 Years of Women's Letters' in 1992.

In the foreword, crime writer PD James said she had "performed a service" in the "changing lives of women".

She was also a "keen poet" who had a poem about Alderley Edge displayed on Greater Manchester's Metrolink trams last year.

In a statement, her family said Ms Kenyon was also a linguist who spoke five languages and a passionate campaigner with Manchester's Amnesty International.

Despite suffering from osteoporosis, she helped to organise a climate change protest through Manchester a week before her death and "marched at the front".

Her family said she was a devout Buddhist and was given the name Aryamati, meaning she whose mind is noble, when she was ordained in 2005.

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