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Here comes the Gastronauts book tour

My new book Gastronauts is out in bookstores!

Even though the official release date is Oct 1st, there was a sneaky early release, so you can find it across the country and online. If your local bookshop doesn’t have a copy, you can always ask them to order it in.

To celebrate, I’m traveling around WA, NSW and VIC from Sep 26-Oct 14 to do four book launches, a bunch of comic-drawing workshops and a couple of festivals too.

Scroll down for the list of events and dates. For full details, please visit my events page.

See you on the road 🙂

– James


Gastronauts

Buy local – find your closest bookshop

Or order online:
– Booktopia (Australia and NZ only)
Angus and Robertson (Australia only)
QBD (Australia only)
Boffins
Dymocks
Book Depository

 

Gastronauts book launches (WA)

Hi everyone,

it’s almost time to officially launch the latest book in my ‘S.Tinker Inc.’ graphic novel series – it’s called ‘Gastronauts‘!

Here’s the synopsis:

Sally Tinker – the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve – has developed her greatest invention yet. But when Sally’s baby brother Joe swallows it with disastrous (and gaseous) consequences, Sally and her friend Charli must shrink themselves, venture into the very bowels of Joe, and shut down the invention before it’s too late. What could possibly go wrong?

If you’re in my hometown of Perth, there are two book launches: one north of the river and one south. Please come along and spread the word!

Sept 26:  Gastronauts book launch, Fremantle

gastronauts launch bannerCome help me celebrate the release of Gastronauts. The Paper Bird book club kids will preside over proceedings and officially launch the book!

WHEN: Wednesday Sept 26
TIME: 3pm-5pm
WHERE: Paper Bird Children’s Books and Art, 42 Henry St, Fremantle WA
AGES: the book is aimed at 7-10yo (but the whole family is welcome)
COST: FREE
BOOKINGS: essential; click here.

 

Oct 3:  Gastronauts book launch, Perth

This is in fact a group book launch called the ‘Great Big Dark and Spooky Book Read’!

It’s presented by my publisher Fremantle Press, the State Library of Western Australia and AWESOME Arts.

Follow the torchlight to your seat around the ‘campfire’ for a thrilling story time experience with amazing local writers. The Great Big Dark and Spooky Book Read features Gastronauts author and illustrator James Foley (that’s me!), Bush and Beyond  author Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, Off the Track author Cristy Burne, The Hole Story author Kelly Canby, In the Lamplight author Dianne Wolfer, and Ian Mutch, author of More and More and More. From the shadows cast by war to the inside of the human body, from cozy boltholes to the vastness of space, don’t let your fear of the dark discourage you. These fun and exciting stories will light up imaginations of children aged 5 and up!

Each ticket includes your choice of one of the books being launched on the day.

(I don’t mind which book you pick, they’re all good books! But if poo and fart jokes and comics are your thing, then *cough cough* I’d suggest Gastronauts, not biased or anything, of course, ahem).

WHEN: Wednesday Oct 3rd
TIME: 11:15am-12:30pm
WHERE: State Library Theatre, State Library of WA
AGES: 5yo+
COST: $25.20 (includes entry for a family of four, and one copy of a book of your choice); $5.20 for additional tickets
BOOKINGS: essential, click here.


If you can’t make it to a launch, don’t worry: you can already find Gastronauts in lots of bookshops around Australia and online (see links below).

GASTRONAUTS BOOK TOUR – WA, NSW, VIC

Check out my events page for details of my BOOK TOUR!
I’m doing over a dozen events in WA, NSW and VIC between Sep 26-Oct 14.


Buy ‘Gastronauts’

Buy local – find your closest bookshop

Or order online:
– Booktopia (Australia and NZ only)
Angus and Robertson (Australia only)
QBD (Australia only)
Boffins
Dymocks
Book Depository

World Change Challenge 2018

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  • Did you know that there are nearly 800 million people in the world who can’t read?
  • Or that two thirds of those people are women and girls?

That’s why I support the amazing charity Room To Read as a Writer Ambassador.

Room To Read is looking for 50 schools around Australia to support 50 girls in the developing world. Each school needs to raise just $365 – that’s enough to send a girl to school for a year.

Two of the schools I’ve visited this year have already got involved. Maybe your school would like to organise a fundraiser around Book Week?

You can read more about the campaign (including more fundraising ideas) on Tristan Bancks’ website.

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Events & workshops in July

Hello readers,

This July I’m running some school holiday workshops for kids and teens, and an illustration workshop for adults!

Details below.

July 3, 10-11:  DIY Authors: Make Your Own Zine (8-16yo)

***EDIT: THESE SESSIONS ARE NOW SOLD OUT***

Do you think publishing might be your thing? Why not start now?

Make your own mini-magazine (or ‘zine’) and fill it with your own words and illustrations, guided by a professional writer and illustrator team.

In these creative workshops, learn how to make a zine filled with your stories and illustrations.

You’ll join myself and author Ken Spillman for this workshop. You’ll learn a range of writing forms and illustration techniques, and fill a small booklet (called a ‘zine’) with the work you produce.

Please note that there are two different workshops, divided by age:
– the 8-11yo workshop is one day.
– the 12-16yo workshop is 2 days, and you must attend both sessions.

AGES 8-11: ONE DAY WORKSHOP *** SOLD OUT ***
WHEN: Tues July 3rd
TIME: 9:30am – 12:30pm
WHERE: Scarborough Library, 173 Gildercliffe Street, Scarborough WA

AGES 12-16: TWO DAY WORKSHOP *** SOLD OUT ***
WHEN: Tues July 10th & Wed 11th
TIME: 9:30am – 12:30pm both days
WHERE: Scarborough Library, 173 Gildercliffe Street, Scarborough WA

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Competition time!

COMPETITION TIME!

Sally Tinker (the world’s foremost inventor under twelve) and I (some dude) have made ourselves a YouTube channel!

It’s called ‘STinker Tube’ and it’s where you’ll find funny extra stuff to go with the STinker Inc graphic novels.

If you subscribe to our channel before June 15th, you’ll go in the draw to win the first ever copy of the next STinker Inc graphic novel, GASTRONAUTS!

You can watch our first video below – but don’t forget, you need to subscribe to the channel to go in the draw. To do that, head over to see the video at Youtube by clicking here , then click the subscribe button.

Good luck!

– James

Give your kids Gastro this October!

Hello! I haven’t posted in a while, as things have been very busy at home – my wife and I now have a beautiful 5-month old baby. AND I’ve been working on a new book, which just went off to print today!

GASTRONAUTS is the third graphic novel in the S.Tinker Inc. series, featuring the irrepressible Sally Tinker. She’s the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and there’s no problem she can’t solve. Unfortunately there’s no problem her inventions can’t cause, either; she’s already built a robot that went completely out of control, and created a giant dung beetle that terrorised her town. In this new story the problem is a lot smaller, in that her baby brother Joe has swallowed a teeny-tiny invention.  Sally and her friend Charli must shrink themselves and venture into the very bowels of Joe to shut down the swallowed invention before it causes some unintended (and very gaseous) consequences.

Gastronauts will be out in bookshops and online on October 1st, 2018. Your kids have probably given you gastro a few times, so now you can return the favour 😉

And here’s the cover! I’m so happy with how it turned out. Big thanks to the awesome team at Fremantle Press for being wonderful, as always.

If you’re super keen to grab a copy and don’t want to forget or miss out, you can pre-order now at Booktopia.

I’ll do some more posts the closer we get to the book birthday.

And FYI, there will be launches in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, so stay tuned for details!

Thanks for reading,

James

 

Free family event: Backyard Book Fair

Hi everyone,

I’m going to be at a free family event this Saturday December 2nd. There will be kids activities, storytelling and book signings, plus a Christmas gift stall. PLUS free  cupcakes! It’s going to be awesome. Details below. Hope to see you there.

– James

Dec 2:  Backyard Book Fair (for families)

Free fun for kids and their carers. Be entertained, write and draw with Western Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Purchase signed Christmas gifts and meet your favourite local book creators including Aśka , Cristy Burne, Kelly Canby, Frané Lessac, Meg McKinlay, Teena Raffa-Mulligan and Dianne Wolfer – plus some guy called James Foley! Authors and illustrators will be available for book signings too. All materials for activities and a scrummy morning tea will be provided. Suitable for ages 10 and below, but everyone is welcome!

Free event. Registration required. Places are limited.

Presented in partnership with The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (WA).

WHEN: Saturday Dec 2
TIMES: 10:00am – 12:30pm (see below for program)
WHERE: State Library of Western Australia (Theatre), 25 Francis St, Perth, WA
AGES: 10yo and below
COST: free, but bookings are essential: click here to register.

In The Lion: crappy costumes!

2017 marks the 5-year anniversary of my book In The Lion.

In The Lion, front coverIt’s a catchy cumulative picture book about bravery, heroism and a very hungry carnivore. It was my first book as author and illustrator, and my first with the wonderful team at Walker Books.

I recently realised that in the five years since the book came out, I never got around to sharing the costumes I made for each character in the book. These were quick, easy and – yes, slightly crappy – costumes I made in an afternoon from things you could find around the house, plus a few things from the $2 shop and the art and craft store. When I talked about the book at the Perth Writers Festival in Feb 2013, kids from the audience wore the costumes and helped me act out the story.

An example of the crappy costumes – here, the character of the armadillo.

Hopefully these costumes (or something like them) would work for you and your kids at home, or even the students in your class, so that you can act the story out too.

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Events for Sept-Oct 2017, including the Dungzilla book launch

Exciting news: my next graphic novel for kids, Dungzilla, is out on September 1st!

Kids and families are invited to a book launch on October 3rd at the State Library of WA – scroll down for details.

DUNGZILLA is available for pre-order now.

And now, my upcoming events:
Some Perth-based school holiday workshops, and the Perth book launch of Dungzilla!
Plus, some fantastic events in Queensland in early September.


Sept 4:  Bearbots and Brobots (for kids)

Join me and fellow author Andrew King for a fun session about robotics! in building robots out of bits and pieces. I made a graphic novel called Brobot, and Andrew King wrote a book called Engibear’s Dream. Find out what a Brobot is and meet Engibear. Listen to the stories, join in hands on activities then explore the library’s bots.

WHEN: Monday Sept 4
TIMES: 4:00pm-5:00pm
WHERE: Ipswich Central Library
AGES: 4-8yo
COST: free
BOOKINGS:
essential; click here.


Sept 4-7:  StoryArts Festival Ipswich, schools program

I’ll be talking to schoolkids about the making of my picture book, My Dead Bunny, written by Sigi Cohen and illustrated by me. The sessions will run after performances of My Dead Bunny the musical (see below).

WHEN: Monday Sept 4- Thursday 7
TIMES: 10:35am and 1:25pm
WHERE: Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St, Ipswich, QLD
AGES: grades 5-7
COST & BOOKINGS: see the StoryArts Festival website.


Sept 4-9:  My Dead Bunny, the musical comedy!

You’ve read the book – now see the musical.

After his pet bunny Brad perishes in an electrifying accident, a young Boy struggles to say goodbye, but following a bizarre chain of events, it would seem that Bunny Brad’s journey isn’t quite over.

Odd odours, eerie earthworms, and strange shadows can only mean one thing – there’s an undead bunny going bump in the night. But with a cast of eccentric doctors, bizarre besties, creepy crawlies, peculiar parents, silly sisters, and ghoulish guests… defeating the undead may be a little tricky.

A hare-raising musical adventure for the whole family.

WHERE: Studio 188, 188 Brisbane St, Ipswich, QLD

SCHOOL GROUP SESSIONS: Sept 4th-7th: 9:30am and 12:20pm daily. Grades 5-7.
Bookings via StoryArts Festival Ipswich.

PUBLIC SESSIONS: Sept 7th-9th: 7.30pm nightly + 11am & 2pm Sat 9th.
Bookings via That Production Company.


Sept 8:  Brisbane Writers’ Festival schools program (Wordplay)

I’m running two different sessions at BWF this year.
Creature Characters is for primary students – they’ll learn all about the secrets of character design and how to design their own robots and creatures.
Visual Literacy is for teachers – it’s a session on learning how visual narratives tell stories in picture books and comics.

WHEN: Friday Sept 8
TIMES:
*  Creature Characters: 10am-11am and 1pm-2pm
*  Visual Literacy: 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: State Library of Queensland
COST & BOOKINGS: see the BWF Wordplay website for details.


Sept 9-10:  StoryArts Festival Ipswich, adults program

I’ve got two sessions:

My Dead Bunny – Digging Deep
I’ll talk about the illustration process behind the CBCA-shortlisted picture book.
WHEN: Saturday Sept 9th, 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Bearbots and Brobots
Hear from myself and Andrew King about the making of our two books: Brobot and Engibear’s Dream.
WHEN: Sunday Sept 10th, 9:45am-10:45am.

BOOKINGS: Essential. Head to the StoryArts Festival website for more details.


Sept 28-29:  Robot illustration workshops (for kids)

Come to the City of Melville libraries for an art workshop! Learn how to create your own robot collage illustration, inspired by my comic book for kids, Brobot.

TIMES/VENUES:
Thurs Sept 28
*  9:30-10:30am – Civic Square Library >>>BOOKED OUT<<<
*  11:30am-12:30pm – Canning Bridge Library
*  2-3pm – Willagee Library
Fri Sept 29
*  9:30-10:30am, 11:30am-12:30pm – both at AH Bracks Library.

BOOKINGS: Essential. Book your place online here.


Oct 3:  DUNGZILLA book launch! (for kids)

It’s here, it’s finally here! Help me celebrate the launch of my latest graphic novel in the S.Tinker Inc series, Dungzilla. I’ll tell you all the weird things I learned about about dung beetles while researching the book, we’ll do some drawing, and you can ask your nitty-gritty questions about the book-making process. And I’ll also sign your copy of Dungzilla!

This launch is part of the Awesome Arts Festival for kids.

WHEN: Tues Oct 3
TIME: 3pm
WHERE: The Story Place, mezzanine floor, State Library of WA
COST: $15.50 general admission + one copy of the authors’ book. $25.50 family of four + one copy of the authors’ book. $5.50 general admission (Inclusive of all fees and charges).
BOOKINGS: Essential. Book your place online here (there’s a tiny ‘Book Now’ button on that page, top right) or call 9328 9666 during office hours.


Oct 5:  Cartooning workshops (for kids)

I’m heading to the City of Kalamunda libraries to teach you cartooning! We’ll practice the basic facial expressions, learn how to draw bodies, and invent our own crazy characters.

WHEN: Thurs Oct 5
TIMES/VENUES:
*  9:30-10:30am – Kalamunda Library >>>BOOKED OUT<<<
*  11:15am-12:15pm – Lesmurdie Library
*  1:30-2:30pm – Forrestfield Library >>>BOOKED OUT<<<

BOOKINGS: Essential. Book your place online here.

 


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.

 

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