- Children’s Books: Writing For The Youngest Readers
Saturday 8 June
- Special Kids & Parents Session!
Sunday 9 June
- In Conversation: Morris Gleitzman
Sunday 9 June
Morris is a bestselling Australian children’s author whose books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in funny and unexpected ways. He wrote his first children’s novel in 1985, and his moving and humorous style has endeared him to children and adults alike. He is now one of Australia’s most successful authors, both internationally and at home, and is currently serving as Australian Children’s Laureate.
He was born in England in 1953 and emigrated to Australia in 1969. His early work included being a paperboy, bottle-shop shelf-stacker, department store Santa Claus, frozen chicken defroster, fashion design assistant and sugar-mill employee. Then he gained a degree in professional writing at the Canberra College of Advanced Education.
Morris started his career as a writer for three award-winning and top-rating seasons with the Australian TV comedy series The Norman Gunston Show. He wrote a number of feature film and telemovie screenplays, including The Other Facts of Life and Second Childhood, both produced by The Australian Children’s Television Foundation. The Other Facts of Life won an AWGIE Award for the Best Original Children’s Film Script. He also wrote live stage material for people such as Pamela Stephenson and the Governor General of Australia, and became well known through his semi-autobiographical columns in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald magazine, Good Weekend, which he wrote for nine years.
But the majority of Morris’ accolades are for his hugely popular children’s books, which have been shortlisted for or have won numerous children’s book prizes both here and overseas. His titles include Two Weeks with the Queen, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures, Snot Chocolate and the series Once, Then, Now, After, Soon, and Maybe.