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Inside Teaching : June 2011
Inside Teaching | June 2011 20 QUESTIONS 42 Andy Griffiths talks with DAVID RISH about writing for kids, his experience as a teacher, writing textbooks, Indigenous literacy and much, much more. What’s the best thing you’ve ever found in an op shop or garage sale? What immediately comes to mind is the 1920s Underwood typewriter I bought at the school fete in Grade 4. It cost 40 cents. Dad made it work again. It’s where an early fascination with writing began. What would give you more pleasure, being bum-drummed in welcome by the population of Pascoe Vale Primary School, your alma mater, or being offered a knighthood for services to children’s literature? I’ve never heard of this bum- drumming but I’d go for it, even if a bit nervously. My focus is on kids. If I please adults it’s a secondary outcome. What were you like as a student? I was probably around the middle of the class: good generally and not out of control as people think, based on my fiction, which is wish 20 questions* with Andy Griffiths