Author Visit: James Foley

Thanks To the staff at Carey Baptist College iCentre for the great write-up on my visit!

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On Tuesday the 5th of August, we had a visit from author/illustrator James Foley at the Carey iCentre.  James is the illustrator of The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns, and the author/illustrator of In The Lion and My Dead Bunny, which will be released later in the year.

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James came to speak to the year 7s and 8s about picture books, how it got his start in them and of his love of drawing.  He shared art and stories from when he was at school, speaking of his early attempts at art and story writing, and how it progressed with practice, all interspersed with humorous stories.

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From there he shared of how he came into illustrating books, of the story-boarding and trail and error it took to arrive at the final version ready for publishing.  He also read and showed his latest book, My Dead Bunny…

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Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016), Dungzilla (2017) and Gastronauts (2018) star Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, her stinky baby brother. The fourth in the series, Chickensaurus, is out in late 2020. He is also the illustrator of the Toffle Towers series written by Tim Harris. James’ earlier books My Dead Bunny (2015), In The Lion (2012), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014) have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list. The sequel to My dead Bunny - There's Something Weird About Lena - is out in late 2020. James comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta/youtube @jamesfoleybooks, or at .

2 thoughts on “Author Visit: James Foley”

  1. Hi James, I have just stumbled across your thoroughly enjoyable & informative website here – & I LOVE it! Consequently I have just done a search for ” Walking on Alligators” in my local library – sadly non-existent – so I have now ordered it online 🙂 Thank you! Also I too am a member of SCBWI & had not seen mention of any retreats until your expression of your stay on Rottnest Island, I endevour henceforth to attend one! It sounds so inspiring! And although I am not an illustrator, I found your interactive explanations of body language re; My Dead Bunny to also be very interesting! Thank you so much!
    Regards ~ Shanti

    1. Hi Shanti, thanks for stopping by to say hello! Are you a member of the SCBWI Australia West chapter? If so, are you receiving the monthly email newsletter? It includes all the details of events, including the annual Rottnest Retreat.

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