Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Banquo's Son wins award!
Press release: LIANZA presented its inaugural Young Adult Award to Tania Roxborogh, a Dunedin based writer, for Banquo’s Son (Penguin Group NZ). All the entries in this category were of a very high caliber and endorsed the introduction for this new award.
The judges were delighted with this historic and adventurous novel set in Scotland in the years after MacBeth’s rule, making Shakespeare accessible to readers who might not always be so intrigued. “While the novel introduced new characters, there were some recognisable ones – it was like coming across an old friend when characters from MacBeth appeared.”
So what did I do? I cried. I was speechless (soooo not like me). I was overwhelmed and delighted and honoured and stunned.
When I've come down to earth, I'll write up a brief account of the evening.
Being shorlisted for both this and the NZ Post awards has been a huge honour especially considering the amazing quality of work from the finalists AND the potential finalists. To win an award was beyond my expectations but has been a lovely acknowledgment of all the hard work I have put in over the years as a writer - not to mention my crew at Penguin who have supported me so much with this project.