About my sessions

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My sessions are funny, entertaining, interactive and inspiring.

(They’re educational too, but don’t tell the kids that).

I love encouraging students to make their own stories and to enjoy the creative process.

I work with students from grades 1-12, and adults too.

 


I give talks about …

– my creative journey: how I became an author/illustrator
– the making of The Last Viking / The Last Viking Returns
– the making of In The Lion
– the making of My Dead Bunny
– the making of Brobot
– visual literacy
– the picture book-making process
– combinations of the above (please enquire)

I run workshops on …

– how to draw cartoons
– creating comics
– how to write/illustrate picture books
– secrets of character design
– how to make clay character maquettes
-digital illustration techniques
– combinations of the above (please enquire)
– making a collaborative picture book in a day (requires 5 school contact hours, 12-20 students max)

I also do …

– artist residencies
– literature festivals
– professional development sessions for teachers, artists and aspiring illustrators

If you’re after a different sort of talk or workshop, please get in touch.

 


Testimonials

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“Best Book Week session I have ever attended.”
– teacher attending Subiaco Library, Children’s Book Week

“James’ sessions were a stand out of this year’s Children’s Book Week and we can’t recommend him highly enough.”
– Caroline Jones, Youth Services Librarian, Kwinana Library

“Dear James, thank you so much for the incursion today, it was absolutely brilliant. The boys were very excited and totally captivated. I have never seen them draw so amazingly!”
– Kristen Gray, Year 1 teacher, Scotch College (Perth)

“James has been amazing. What an incredible talent. I would recommend him to any school.”
– Fiona Rowe, Junior School Librarian, Scotch College (Adelaide)

“Fantastic presentation – James was great and spoke to the children’s level and interest. Our students will definitely be inspired to draw and write stories. Extremely dynamic presenter.”
– teacher attending Cannington Library, Children’s Book Week

“Hi James, I just wanted to drop you a short line to reiterate our thanks for the great time had by my 8 yr old son while attending the recent creating comic books workshop he attended as part of the Awesome Festival. He came away enthused and full of motivation to draw, draw, draw! His constant doodles are now all aimed around trying to create a comic book and piles of paper are building up all over the house.”
– parent

 


Rates & Bookings

Please visit the bookings page for more information.