We wrote and asked Morris a few questions.
He has been away for a month and we were really happy to receive a reply from him today.
This is what he said about where he lives and why he wrote Boy Overboard.
Dear Room 5
Sorry this reply is so late – I’ve been in Europe for a month. I do indeed live in Australia. I was inspired to write about refugees in 2001 because quite a few were arriving in Australia at the time, and some people here, including members of the Australian government, were telling stories about them that I felt were both untrue and unkind. So I decided to tell my own story about them.
Please feel free to post this on your blog – better you do it because I’m blog-incompetant.