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Tania Roxborogh

Tania_Roxborogh_1.jpgBorn in Christchurch, 1965, Tania Roxborogh spent the first 25 years of her life travelling around the country. Because of her nomadic childhood, she experienced much of what it meant to grow up in New Zealand in the 1960s and 1970s, from tobogganing on the slopes of Lakes Ellesmere to scuba diving in the Bay of Islands, and from working in North Canterbury shearing sheds to painting houses and warehouses in Whangarei.
Though her growing-up years were fraught with difficulties, some self-inflicted, most not, she persisted with her love of language and literature and graduated from Massey University and Auckland College of Education. An enthusiastic English teacher, Tania is married with two girls and still manages to combine her life's interests with writing a broad range of books, including fiction, textbooks and plays. She lives in Dunedin.

Selected bibliography:
  • Performing with Purpose: A Handbook for Senior Drama Students (Longman Paul 1995).
  • If I Could Tell You: When a Family Secret Is Revealed (HarperCollins 1997).
  • Three Funny Plays (New House 1997).
  • Fifteen-minute Shakespeare (Longman Paul 1997).
  • Grit (New House 1998).
  • Runaway (New House 1998).
  • Compulsion: Anything Can Happen between Friends (Scholastic 1999).
  • English Basics: The Essential Tools You Need to Improve Your English Skills with Jenny Thomas (New House 1999).
  • Three Spooky Plays with Michelle Bernhardi (New House 1999).
  • Twenty-minute Shakespeare (Longman 2000).
  • Whispers (Scholastic 2001).
  • Limelight (Scholastic 2002).
  • The Ring (New House 2002).
  • Third Degree (Longacre Press 2005).
  • Space Gum (Longacre Press 2008).
  • Banquo's Son (Penguin 2009).
  • Bloodlines (Penguin 2010).
  • University of Otago College of Education Writer in Residence/Robert Lord Writers' Cottage Residence 2006.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Young Adult Fiction List for Banquo's Son.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2010 Young Adult Finalist for Banquo's Son.
  • LIANZA Young Adult Award 2010 Winner for Banquo's Son.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Young Adult Fiction List for Bloodlines.
  • LIANZA Young Adult Award 2011 Finalist for Bloodlines.

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