Carol Ann Duffy, Moira Young & Christie Watson Win Costa Book Awards

9th Jan 2012


Women writers won three out of five category prizes for this year’s Costa Book Awards, it was announced last week. While women writers don’t always get equal representation when it comes to awards (we learnt all about that at last year’s Novel Women), Carol Ann Duffy, Moira Young and Christie Watson were among the winning writers last week, with the overall Book of the Year title (and £30,000 prize money) being awarded to one of the five category winners later this month.

Christie Watson won the first novel award for Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, and apparently the judges’ decision was unanimous. Set in Nigeria, it tells the tale of twelve-year-old Blessing and her family, and what happens to them when they have to leave their home in Lagos for a strange new life at their grandfather’s countryside compound in Warri.

Britain’s first female poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, won the poetry award for her latest collection, The Bees, described by The New Statesman as “a  golden honeycomb of a collection, buzzing with energy, pity, passion and perceptiveness about what makes us human, despite the appalling things we do to nature and each other.”

Début novelist (and former actor, dancer and opera singer) Moira Young won the children’s book award for Blood Red Road, the first in a dystopian young adult trilogy which is already being adapted for the cinema screen by none other than Ridley Scott.

Have you read any of books that won Costa Awards this year? What did you think? And who do you reckon will be awarded the overall Costa Book of the Year?

Jane Bradley