Morris Gleitzman

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MorrisWelcome and thanks for dropping in. You’ve timed your arrival perfectly. At long last and with much relief and many apologies, I’m able to make a very delayed announcement.

Always, the final book in the Once series, is published.

After two years, seven drafts, countless re-imagined promises to my publisher and quite a few social media enquiries about whether I’m dead or not, I’ve finally written the climactic Felix story I’ve always wanted to write, but wasn’t completely sure how to until a few months ago.

To my dear long-suffering readers, particularly those of you who’ve hung on to the notion that I am still alive, thank you for your trust and patience.

Always cover

To those of you who’ve been confused, perplexed or irritated by any of my previous announcements about this book, particularly my bold assertions that Always would be published in August 2019, and then February 2020, and then August 2020, and then September 2020, and then January 2021, I would like to offer my sincere apologies.

Always is definitely published now in Australia, New Zealand and the UK (I’ve checked), with other keen-reading nations to follow.

As well as apologetic, I’m of course excited, and also a little sad. This is the moment an author realises that if they want to even think about any more trimming and polishing, they’ll have to go to a nail bar.

But mostly I feel relieved. It’s been quite a journey – the whole series, but in particular Always. If you’re interested in some of the background details of why I took two years to finish Always instead of the usual eight months, and why I wrote three completely different versions, and why my publishers started to fear ‘Always’ was not actually the title, just a description of the writing process, have a peek at the Always book page.

You might also like to share some of my thoughts on reaching the end of the whole series. It’s not only been my longest writing journey, but also for me the most significant in several ways. Though even as I contemplate the word ‘end’, I hesitate. I’m not sure if, for an author, something like this ever does truly end. Not in the imagination, anyway. We’ll see. For now, some grateful reflections.

And after that, if you feel like more of a look around, pop back here and keep scrolling.

My books are all down there somewhere, neatly arranged and keen to be explored. You can read the first chapters, (including of Always), and listen to them on audio, and also check out how and why I wrote each story. If you’re here for a peek at my life and creative habits, there’s plenty of that too. Ideas, anecdotes, insights, confessions, aspirations and regrets, all artistically displayed with sensible lighting.

In fact, now I’m spruiking, there’s a fair bit of other stuff on the way down. You’ll find details about booking a school or festival visit, a link to my biography, a signpost to learning resources, and a few other things every author website should have, including a bit of boasting.

Please enjoy.

School Visits

I speak at as many schools, festivals and conferences as I can each year. Bookings are organised by the following very capable and nice-to-chat-with agency. In these Covid times we’re all having to be a bit more resourceful about in-person visits, and sometimes a bit more patient, but I’m happy to be optimistic if you are. Plus I can do online visits if needed.

Booked Out Agency
for school visits etc in Australia and the rest of the world.
Phone: +613 9824 0177
Fax: +613 9824 0677
Mail: PO Box 580, South Yarra, VIC 3141
Email: bookings@bookedout.com.au

If your school or other literary venue is outside Australia, please see the Covid note above. Probably best to contact the Booked Out Agency, who will advise on what’s possible from this end.

Biographies

Please feel free to use these for all legal and nice purposes. There’s a full-length one and a short one for schools with small notice boards.

Laureate Thoughts

I did a lot of travelling in 2018 and 2019 in my ermine-trimmed robes and official Australian Childrens’ Laureate socks, and a lot of thinking too. Perhaps you’d like to share some of those thoughts. (Sorry, the socks wore out.) Don’t worry, it’s not just abstract thinky stuff (or as we readers like to say, ideas). There are lots of reading and writing activities too.

Morris Spills The Beans

Authors are asked a lot of questions (if they’re lucky), but not everyone can be there to hear the answers. Just in case you and I never get to have a cup of tea together, here are some of the questions I thought you might have asked.

Letters to Governments

Sometimes we have questions we want to ask the Federal government, but they won’t have a cup of tea with us so we have to write them a letter.

Ideas and Activities

These expertly-prepared learning resources are a boon for busy hard-working teachers. They’re pretty useful for lazy ones too. And please, individual readers and parents with enquiring minds (is there any other kind?), feel free to make use of them as well. Absolutely no formal educational qualifications or a mug with your name on it required.

Literary Patchwork

And here we are, at the literary patchwork of my book covers. A click or tap on any one will take you to a page attractively decked out with my thoughts about that book – why I wrote it, how I wrote it, what it may or may not really be about, etc.

From each book page, another click or tap will allow you to read the first chapter of the book, and, if you like, hear me read it. (That last bit can be switched off if you prefer the sound of your own voice.)

Happy travels.

Click or tap a cover to find out more

  • Book cover - Once
  • Book cover - Then
  • Book cover - After
  • Book cover - Soon
  • Book cover - Maybe
  • Book cover - Now
  • Book cover - Always
  • Book cover - Boy Overboard
  • Book cover - Girl Underground
  • Book cover - Loyal Creatures
  • Book cover - Funny Stories
  • Book cover - Give Peas A Chance
  • Book cover - Pizza Cake
  • Book cover - Snot Chocolate
  • Book cover - Help Around The House
  • Book cover - Grace
  • Book cover - Extra Time
  • Book cover - Two Weeks With The Queen
  • Book cover - Doubting Thomas
  • Book cover - Bumface
  • Book cover - Toad Rage
  • Book cover - Toad Heaven
  • Book cover - Toad Away
  • Toad Surprise
  • Book cover - Toad Delight
  • Book cover - Too Small To Fail
  • Book cover - Teachers Pet
  • Book cover - Adults Only
  • Book cover - The Other Facts Of Life
  • Book cover - Second Childhood
  • Book cover - Gift Of The Gab
  • Book cover - Worm Story
  • Book cover - Aristotles Nostril
  • Book cover - Belly Flop
  • Book cover - Water Wings
  • Book cover - Blabber Mouth
  • Book cover - Sticky Beak
  • Book cover - Misery Guts
  • Book cover - Worry Warts
  • Book cover - Puppy Fat
  • Book cover - Wicked!
  • Book cover - Deadly!