Events for May/June

I’ve got three great events coming up for kids:

1 – an online writing festival!
2 – a story writing competition!
3 – a free storytelling festival!

I’m going to run out of exclamation marks, there’s just too many good things happening! Details below!!

May 30 – June 3: Littlescribe Mini-Writing Festival

It’s on for another year – Australia’s largest online, interactive writing festival for schools and homeschoolers.

This year is going to be slightly different – for the first time, there will be sessions for high schoolers as well as primary schools.


✏️ 20+ interactive workshops where authors model writing.

✏️ Pre workshop vocab and writing challenges set by each author.

✏️ Live workshops delivered on Zoom and YouTube.

✏️ All workshops available on demand 24 hours later so nobody misses out!

✏️ Engaging, curriculum-aligned lesson resources available NOW to support your literacy program.

✏️ From just $5 per student.

WHEN: Monday May 30 – Friday June 3
WHERE: online
More info on the Littlescribe website.

Full program:

Until June 10: CBCA Make Your Own Storybook competition (for kids)

The Make Your Own Story Book Competition is held annually in Western Australia, and attracts entries from young people statewide. It includes categories for picture books and story books. 

I entered the competition in primary school way back in the early 90s. My first entry received a certificate of participation, but my second go earned me third prize in the year 6-7 picture book category. I was so chuffed to win an award for my book; it’s a core memory for me that definitely filled me with encouragement and set me on this career path. I can’t recommend the competition enough! So if you have a talented young storyteller in your life (or YOU are a talented young storyteller), then maybe encourage them to have a go at making their own book too.

The competition is open to all WA students from Pre Primary to Year 8. Individual and school based entries accepted. Please read entry form for specific guidelines. Winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony in August 2022.

CLOSING DATE: Friday 10th June 2022

Grab an entry form here.

June 26: Storytellers Festival

The Literature Centre is once again holding their Storytellers Festival – but this time it’s at the brand-new Fremantle Library.

Join me on Sunday June 26 for a FREE day of author/illustrator talks, workshops, music, and more! Featuring some of Australia’s best storytellers – Cath Moore, Gabriel Evans, Matt Otley, Tina Wilson, Meg McKinlay – and also me – as well as singing group Madjitil Moorna and the wonderful Centre for Stories, there’s something for everyone as we celebrate stories of belonging and hope.

This is a free event, so book those tickets fast before they all sell out!

View the program and book your tickets here.

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 .

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