Stories for Daunting Times
Morris Gleitzman In Conversation with Marion Halligan AM
Morris Gleitzman is a hugely successful writer of children's and young adult fiction with the remarkable skill of engaging children and young adults in contemporary issues. In these times of great change inside and outside the family, what are the stories that matter? Will books always matter? Morris gained significant recognition for sparking an interest in AIDS in his 1990 novel, Two Weeks with the Queen. His new book is about a family where the father is a newly elected independent politician. Morris wrote the Norman Gunston Show in the 1970s. He is joined In Conversation with Marion Halligan, Australian writer and novelist, who believes fiction illuminates our lives.
Morris Gleitzman is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–2019. He is a bestselling Australian children’s author whose books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in funny and unexpected ways. Morris wrote his first children’s novel in 1985. His moving and humourous style has endeared him to children and adults alike, and he is now one of Australia’s most successful authors, both internationally and at home. Morris’ 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.
Marion Halligan was born in Newcastle NSW and has lived most of her adult life in Canberra, with periods in Paris. She has published more than 20 books: ten novels, collections of short stories, books of autobiography, travel and food and a children's book. She has been short-listed for most of the prizes on offer, and has won some. She has received an AM for her services to literature. Valley of Grace, won the ACT Book of the Year and was long-listed for the IMPAC Prize. Her most recent novel is Goodbye Sweetheart, published in April 2015.