Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian childrenâ€™s author whose books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in funny and unexpected ways.
Morris wrote his first childrenâ€™s novel in 1985. His moving and humourous style has endeared him to children and adults alike, and he is now one of Australiaâ€™s most successful authors, both internationally and at home.
He was born in England in 1953 and emigrated to Australia in 1969.
Morris started his career as 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 Childrenâ€™s Television Foundation. The Other Facts of Life won an AWGIE Award for the Best Original Childrenâ€™s Film Script.
He also wrote live stage material for people such as Pamela Stephenson and the Governor General of Australia.
Morris became well known to many people through his semi-autobiographical columns in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald magazine, Good Weekend, which he wrote for nine years.
But the majority of Morrisâ€™ accolades are for his hugely popular and award-winning childrenâ€™s books. One of the first wasÂ Two Weeks with the Queen, an international bestseller which was also adapted into a play by Mary Morris. The play had many successful seasons in Australia and was then produced at the National Theatre in London, directed by Alan Ayckbourn, and also in South Africa, Canada, Japan and the USA.
His titles includeÂ The Other Facts of Life, Second Childhood, Misery Guts, Worry Warts, Puppy Fat, Blabber Mouth, Sticky Beak, Belly Flop, Water Wings, Bumface, Gift Of The Gab, Toad Rage, Wicked!Â andÂ Deadly!, two six-part novels written in collaboration with Paul Jennings,Â Adults Only, Toad Heaven, Boy Overboard, Teacherâ€™s Pet, Toad Away, Girl Underground, Worm Story, Once, Aristotleâ€™s Nostril, Doubting Thomas, Give Peas A Chance, Then, Toad Surprise, Grace, Now, Too Small To Fail, Pizza Cake, After, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures, Soon, Toad Delight, Snot Chocolate,Â and his latest book,Â Maybe.
Morrisâ€™ books have been published in more than twenty countries, including the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Indonesia, Czechoslovakia, Russia and China.
They have won numerous awards, including all the Australian Readers Choice Awards voted for by children.
For even more about Morris, visit www.morrisgleitzman.com.