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Tania Roxborogh

Tania_Roxborogh_1.jpgBorn in Christchurch in1965, Tania Roxborogh spent the first 25 years of her life traveling around the country. As a result of her nomadic childhood, she experienced much of what it meant to grow up in New Zealand in the sixties, seventies and eighties from tobogganing on the hills around the Port Hills, to scuba diving in the Bay of Islands, 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.

Tania is an award winning writer and teacher, and author of more than 30 published works across a range of genres: novels for teenagers and children, plays for the classroom, Shakespearean texts, English grammar books, and adult non-fiction. In 2014, Tania was the recipient of a Teach NZ study award and in December 2015, graduated with a BA in Māori from Otago University.

Tania and her husband live in Lincoln, Canterbury where she teaches at the local high school and, in her spare time, fits in writing and reading and taking care of her animals

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)
  • Bastion Point (Scholastic NZ)
  • Getting Familiar With The Unfamiliar, NCEA English L1 (Cengage 2017)
  • Getting Familiar With The Unfamiliar, NCEA English L2 (Cengage 2018)
  • 2017 Esther Glen Award Junior Fiction - NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017 for Bastion Point (Scholastic NZ)
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Young Adult Fiction List for Bloodlines
  • LIANZA Young Adult Award 2011 Finalist for Bloodlines
  • 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
  • University of Otago College of Education Writer in Residence/Robert Lord Writers' Cottage Residence 2006.


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