Upcoming events for April/May/June

I’ve got bunch of workshops and talks over the next three months, including sessions at writers’ festivals in Armadale, Midland, Margaret River and Sydney!

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April 8-23 – Eggsibition

Exhibition,noun = a public display of works of art or items of interest, held in an art gallery or museum.
Eggsibition, noun =  an exhibition about Eggs!

The eggcelent creatives at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators have cooked up a cracking good collection of work. Come along to Paper Bird Children’s Books & Arts in Fremantle to see what they’ve hatched.



The Eggsibition is open for the whole WA Easter holidays. There will be prints for sale, as well as plenty of amazing books by WA authors and illustrators.

WHEN: April 8-23
TIME: 9-5 Mon-Sat, 10-4 Sun
WHERE: Paper Bird Children’s Books & Arts, 52 Henry St, Fremantle, WA
AGES: all
COST: free entry


April 29 – Kid’s art workshop
(Armadale Writers’ Festival)

Join myself as well as author-illustrators Kylie Howarth and Sean Avery, for a fun creative workshop! You’ll get to work with all three of us on awesome activities.

WHEN: Wednesday April 12
TIME: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
WHERE: Armadale District Hall
AGES: 6-10yo
COST: free
BOOKINGS: essential. Click here to register.

May 19-June 21 – HeARTlines children’s literature exhibition

The exhibition of book illustrations will be held at the gallery spaces at MJAC featuring artwork by Moira Court, Frané Lessac, Matt Ottley, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Kylie Howarth, Terry Denton, Aska, Chris Nixon, Brian Simmonds and me! This extensive exhibition will display original large scale illustrations and paintings, initial sketches and a unique insight into an artists’ process from idea to final product.

WHEN: open Tues-Sat between May 19 and June 21.
WHERE: Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Hwy, Midland WA
AGES: all ages
COST: free

May 27 – adults workshop: Where Children’s Book Ideas Come From (Sydney Writers’ Festival)

You have mountains of ideas, but how do you pull them together into a book? In this workshop, I’ll look at just how much heavy duty mental effort is involved. I took more than four years, on and off, to  develop my latest graphic novel, Brobot, rejecting hundreds of character designs, multiple storyboards and lots of weird ideas along the way. I’ll discuss where I get ideas and how I learned to write and illustrate for children.

WHEN: Saturday May 27
TIME: 9:30am – 12:30pm
WHERE: Science House, NYU Sydney, 157-161 Gloucester St, The Rocks, NSW
AGES: for adults
COST: $100 ($80 concession)
BOOKINGS: essential. Click here to register.

May 28 – kids workshop: robot lab
(Sydney Writers’ Festival)

What kind of robot would you like to invent? Ask me, the writer and illustrator of Brobot, how you can design your dream robot. Come along and turn recycled materials into your own version of Wall-E.

WHEN: Sunday May 28
TIME: My workshop session is from 10:00am – 12:00pm. The lab is open 10:00am – 4:00pm.
WHERE: Bangarra Studio Theatre, 15 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW
AGES: 5-12
COST: free. No bookings required.
More details here.

May 28 – Vikings and Zombies and Robots, Oh My!
(Sydney Writers’ Festival)

Did you know that James Foley made his first book in kindy? He’s now an acclaimed
author and illustrator whose books My Dead Bunny and The Last Viking were
shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. Foley shares his creative
journey and explains how he went from drawing cartoons for the school newspaper to
creating a zombie rabbit. To top it all off, he’ll help us invent the ultimate robot – just
like Sally Tinker in his graphic novel, Brobot.

WHEN: Sunday May 28
TIME: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
WHERE: Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
AGES: 5yo+
COST: free event.
BOOKINGS: essential. Maximum 4 tickets per event per booking.
Click here to book.

June 3 – Picture Book Illustration workshop for adults
(Margaret River Readers & Writers’ Festival)

I’ll explain what goes into illustrating a story, including the techniques that are used and the secrets of character design. You’ll get to try some basic illustration techniques too.

WHEN: Saturday June 3
TIME: 9:30am – 11:00am
WHERE: South Regional TAFE, 272 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, WA.
AGES: for adults
COST: $50 for adults, $45 for Margaret River Arts Hub members.
BOOKINGS: click here to book.

June 4 – Coffee and Papers
(Margaret River Readers & Writers’ Festival)

Start your morning with a coffee, the day’s news and hot topics as told by our  journalists, festival guests and local icons who make Margaret River what it is.
Ian Parmenter (hot topics), Tim Baker (surf report), James Foley (cartoon), The West Australian and West Regionals Journalists. Facilitator: Niomi O’Hara

WHEN: Saturday June 3
TIME: 9:30am – 10:30am
WHERE: Margaret River Cultural Centre, 51 Wallcliffe Road
AGES: for adults
COST: $20 for adults, free for pensioners
BOOKINGS: click here to book.

June 17 – Draw Cartoon Characters workshop (6 – 16yo)
(Heartlines Children’s Literature Festival)

Learn how to draw your own cartoon characters with children’s author and illustrator James Foley. By the end of this workshop you’ll know the basics of drawing funny facial expressions and bodies, and how to develop your own character.

WHEN: Saturday June 17
10.00am – 11.00am | 6 – 10 years
11.30am – 12.30pm | 11 – 15 years
1.15pm – 2.15pm | 16 years +
WHERE: Midland Junction Arts Centre 276 Great Eastern Highway, Midland, WA
COST: $5 | $4.50 MAC Members
BOOKINGS: click here to book.

I’ll also be touring Sydney, Melbourne and Launceston towards the end of June. Details to come.

Author: James Foley

James Foley makes children’s books for children who read books. If you’re a child and you’re eating his books, you’re doing it wrong. His books include Brobot, Dungzilla, Gastronauts, Chickensaurus, Toffle Towers, My Dead Bunny and There's Something Weird About Lena. James lives in Perth with his wife, 2 kids, and a labrador. He is a massive Marvel movie nerd and comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta/youtube @jamesfoleybooks, or at www.jamesfoley.com.au .

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