James Foley – School Program – 9 September, 2015

This week I’m at the StoryArts Festival in Ipswich, Queensland presenting to school kids. Here’s a write-up on my sessions from festival volunteer (and fellow writer) Yvonne Mes.

StoryArts Festival Ipswich


The children went on a trip down to memory lane where a cheeky little boy names James Foley once lived.

This little boy would usually draw on paper, but when that ran out he would also draw ON the table, and even UNDER the table!

James showed us many of his early drawings, stories and his very first book award for the Cat Burglar in primary school. Many of these first drawings generated many new and crazy story ideas by the children from dinosaurs squashing cities to it raining whales!

We heard all about Norse myths, losing an eye for wisdom and debating what body part would be best missed in exchange for some wisdom. Parents beware, most children were happy to exchange a sibling for some wisdom instead!

James also talked about that little voice in your head when you are drawing which says that what you are drawing…

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Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. His books include 'The Amity Kids Adventures', 'In The Lion', 'The Last Viking'. A couple of these books have won awards. People have also bought copies, and for that he is grateful. His new book 'The Last Viking Returns' is out now. Follow James at www.facebook.com/jamesfoleyillustrations , @James_R_Foley on twitter and instagram or at www.jamesfoley.com.au

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