Articles by me
- Writing humour for children (.pdf)
A set of notes and exercises for anybody getting serious about writing humour for children.
- Why did the boy fall off his bike? Humour, creativity and bridge-building 2009
Keynote address at Australian National conference for teachers of English and literacy in Hobart, July 2009
- Just Macbeth!: the process of adaptation 2008
On the process of adapting Macbeth for a younger audience.
- Why The Bad Book is not so bad 2004
Children are quite capable of telling the difference between fact and fantasy. They are not automatons who automatically and unquestioningly imitate the things they read about.
- Andy from A-Y
25 facts about me guaranteed to amuse, digust and get you an A+ on your author assignment.
Articles about me & my books
- A Way with Words 2013
An interview with me about Once Upon a Slime.
- Laughing all the way to the top 2012
An interview with me for the Melbourne Times Weekly
- Playing the Fool 2011
An article in the Brisbane News about Andy Griffiths and What Body Part is That?
- Andy’s biography: the long and boring version 2008
A long and boring account of my life.
- Andy’s biography: the short and exploding version 2008
A short and much more exciting account of my life with a lot more explosions than the long and boring version.
- Just great storytelling! 2008
An article on Just Macbeth! from Fanfare, The Bell Shakespeare Magazine
- Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton: the illustrator as co-author 2006
A conversation between Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, chaired by Anna McFarlane
- On tour with Andy Griffiths 2004
Anyez Lindop describes what a book publicist does in this account of the 2004 Bad Book publicity tour.
- A grim tale of humorless narks 2004
Children will always pursue dark stories however much oldies huff and puff, writes Miranda Devine.
- A defence of The Bad Book 2004
A Christian defence of children’s books that portray evil and ‘badness’ by children’s librarian Jo Oliver.
- The joys of the disgusting 2002
Anna Ryan Punch crosses over to the ‘brown side’ when she experiences an epiphany and realises that the ‘disgusting’ genre—like any other—is one that can be done well or badly.
Articles about books, reading, humour and other stuff
- Child psychology and nonsense 1921
A great explanation of the importance of nonsense in children’s literature. Written by G.K. Chesterton.
- A defence of nonsense 1902
Nonsense is a way of seeing the world in a completely new and unfamiliar way. By G.K. Chesterton
- A defence of Penny Dreadfuls 1901
The more things change, the more they stay the same: G.K. Chesteron writing in 1901 about the hypocrisy of the upper classes despairing of the vulgar literary tastes of the lower classes.