Andrew Norriss was born in 1947, was educated at St John's School, Leatherhead followed by University at Trinity College Dublin 1966-70. After teaching at Stroud School, Romsey he trained for his PGCE at University of Winchester 1973-4 and then taught History at Peter Symonds College, Winchester 1974-1985. Whilst teaching he started writing television sitcoms and children's comedy dramas with Richard Fegen. He now lives in Hampshire with his wife and two children and writes children's books.
Andrew Norriss won The Whitbread Children's Book Award (1997) for his children's bookAquila, which he wrote both as a book and as the Aquila (TV series) for the BBC. He also adapted his books Bernard's Watch and Matt's Million for ITV, as well as creating and co-writing the successful sit-com The Brittas Empire. He now writes children's books and loves giving talks in schools and libraries around the country for children and teachers, about books and writing. His latest books are I Don't Believe It, Archie! and Archie's Unbelievably Freaky Week published by David Fickling Books in 2011/2.