Events for Nov/Dec

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Nov 22:  Picture Book Illustration (for adults)

Have you ever wanted to illustrate a children’s book? Join me to find out how. Learn how character design, composition, choice of medium and typography all affect the visual story, and have a go yourself.

Bring your favourite drawing materials and a notepad or sketchbook.

WHEN: Thursday Nov 22nd
TIMES: 6:00pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Victoria Park Library, 27 Sussex Street, East Victoria Park, WA 6101
AGES: 8-12yo
COST: $3 per person
BOOKINGS: essential. Click here to book online, or call the library on 9373 5500.


Nov 30:  Pyjama Party and Bedtime Storytime Session

Join the Karratha Library team along with authors James Foley and Meg McKinlay for a fun-filled bedtime story session featuring books created by Western Australians.

This event is proudly presented by Writing WA and the City of Karratha.

WHEN: Friday Nov 30th
TIMES: 4:00pm-6:00pm
WHERE: Karratha Library, 27 Welcome Rd, Karratha WA
AGES: families
COST: $40 for 2 adults and 2 kids; $10 for single tickets
DRESS CODE: pyjamas!
BOOKINGS: essential; click here.


Dec 2:  Backyard Book Fair

Be entertained. Write. Draw and create!
Meet Western Australian children’s authors and illustrators and have your favourite book signed.

WHEN: Sunday Dec 2nd
TIMES: 10:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth, WA
AGES: families
COST: $20 per family/group of up to 6 people. This also gives you $20 credit to buy books!
BOOKINGS: essential; click here.

 

 

 

The Gastronauts book tour was a gas

I’ve just been on a book tour, celebrating the release of my new junior graphic novel called Gastronauts. From Sept 26 to Oct 14, I had 23 events across three states.

I started in my hometown of Perth, then visited Sydney and Melbourne. We had four book launches, heaps of cartooning and comics workshops, and I got to deface decorate the windows at a few bookstores too. It was a brilliant trip, but I’m very happy to be back home with my family, and gearing up to work on some new projects.

Fun fact: Gastronauts is probably the first book in the world to be launched via a giant nappy. It will probably also be the last, as I don’t recommend it. Too messy. Watch what happens in the video below.

Here’s my favourite photos from the trip.

Thanks to everyone – bookstore owners, librarians, teachers, kids and parents – who came to events. And big thanks to my publishers Fremantle Press who helped organise the tour.


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

Total Quack Up is out from today

Earlier this year I got to illustrate a story written by Paul Jennings.

Yep, you heard right.

Paul.

Jennings.

Back in May, authors Adrian Beck and Sally Rippin were putting together an anthology of funny short stories written by some of Australia’s best kids’ authors. They were calling it Total Quack Up. All the writers were donating their time, Penguin was publishing it, and all profits were going to Dymocks Children’s Charities. The only thing they didn’t have yet was an illustrator.

I caught up for coffee with Adrian in Melbourne. He explained the project, but he didn’t say who any of the authors were. He said everyone was donating their time, and whoever illustrated it would need to do it quick – they’d only have a month to do 30-40 illustrations including a cover.

I said PLEASE LET ME DO IT PLEASE YES IT SOUNDS AWESOME.

He said, ‘are you sure?’

I said YEP COUNT ME IN ALL GOOD LET’S DO IT PLEASE AWESOME THANKS YES.

So Adrian and Sally and Penguin said okay, and I’m glad they did, because Mr Paul Jennings was one of the authors contributing to the anthology.

So …

… I got to illustrate a Paul Jennings story! OMG!!

I loved reading Paul Jennings’ stories as a kid; I would get chills from the spooky stories, and laugh myself silly at the funny stories. And of course I was glued to the TV whenever Round The Twist came on. So it was a fantastic surprise to find out that Paul was one of the authors in the anthology and that I’d get to illustrate one of his stories.

 


This is all a very long-winded way of telling you that I’ve illustrated an anthology called Total Quack Up!

It features stories from Paul Jennings, Deborah Abela, Tristan Bancks, Adrian Beck, Jacqueline Harvey, Alex Miles, Oliver Phommavanh, Sally Rippin, R.A. Spratt and Matt Stanton.

It also includes a story written by Ella Wallace (aged 11 and three-quarters), whose story won out over 172 other entries in the Total Quack Up kids writing competition. It is an incredibly funny story and easily my favourite in the whole anthology. Ella is a young writer to watch.

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Gastronauts is officially released today (and a Dead Bunny is back)

My new book Gastronauts is officially released today!

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out … though I do wonder if I crossed the grossness threshold with this one.

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?

Magpies magazine calls it ‘hilariously funny … it will  be devoured by emerging readers. Perfect for school and public libraries.’ Cheers, Magpies!

You can read a free sample here, and check out some of my favourite images below.

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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

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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Upcoming events, January-March 2017

I’ve got bunch of workshops over the next three months, most of them free! But firstly, a public service announcement:

Please check my upcoming events page for updates to these and other events – sometimes new events are added at the last minute, or details can change.

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Jan 21 – Books From Your Backyard – FREE EVENT

I’m doing a free mini-workshop this school holidays!

Come to ‘Books From Your Backyard’ at the State Library of WA. I’ll be there along with 9 other local authors and illustrators – Frané Lessac, Gabriel Evans, Kelly Canby, Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Bec J. Smith, Cris Burne, Aska, Elaine Forrestal, Dianne Wolfer and Norman Jorgensen. We’re each hosting a little session, giving readings, and running fun activities for kids. And it’s all FREEEEEEE. My session is from 3-3:25pm, after which I’ll be signing copies of my latest book Brobot.

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