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,
I’ve got some Perth-based school holiday workshops, and the Perth book launch of Dungzilla!
Plus, some fantastic events in Queensland in early September, including the My Dead Bunny musical.
Continue reading “Events for Sept-Oct 2017, including the Dungzilla book launch”
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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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.
Continue reading “Upcoming events, January-March 2017”
Towards the end of 2016 I got married, toured Tasmania on honeymoon and got a puppy! As you would expect, my life has changed, my holidays were blissful, and I feel very lucky. And not just for those great events; I feel lucky because last June I survived a massive car crash.
Continue reading “2016: Year in Review”
It’s my busy time of the year. Between August and October I’m visiting lots of schools and libraries for private events, but I’m also running some public talks and workshops – including a public launch for my new book Brobot on October 7th as part of the Awesome Festival.
See below for all the details.
Sept 3 – children’s book illustration workshop (for adults)
A 3 hour workshop for the City of South Perth’s 2016 Evolve development program.
WHEN: Saturday September 3, 10am-1pm.
WHERE: Halo Espresso, 82 Angelo St, South Perth.
COST: $30 + booking fee.
BOOKINGS: essential. Click here for bookings.
Continue reading “Events for September, October & November”
It’s almost here!
My new book is called Brobot. It’s a graphic novel for younger readers and it’s coming out with Fremantle Press on September 1st.
Sally Tinker makes machines … and Joe Tinker breaks them. As the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, Sally knows she can build a better brother than Joe. But is her invention – Brobot – really all that a brother should be?
Want a cheeky sneak-peek? Click here to read the first 16 pages for free.
Want to use the book in the classroom? Teacher notes are available now.
Want to order a copy? Ask at your local bookshop. If you don’t have one near you, Booktopia is taking pre-orders.
Win a copy of Brobot for you and your school
Fremantle Press is offering five lucky schools the chance to win two special Brobot gift packs: one for the classroom and one for the person who designs the best robot. Each gift pack features a poster and bookmark plus a signed copy of Brobot the book!
Want to enter? Visit the Fremantle Press website for entry information.
Entries close October 15th, 2016. Good luck!
This June and July you’ll find me reading from my upcoming book in Fremantle, running sessions at a kids’ lit festival in Balingup, and giving a free dragon-drawing workshop in Perth.
Come by and say hi!
June 6 – Books Out Loud!
Come and hear Fremantle Press authors Deb Fitzpatrick, Norman Jorgensen, Paula Hayes, Meg McKinlay and myself doing free live readings on WA Day. I’ll do a few sketches too.
There’ll be a bunch of other activities on during the day: a skateboarding clinic, art classes, a climbing wall, mask making and kite flying. Should be awesome!
VENUE: Fremantle Esplanade
WHEN: Monday June 6th; Books Out Loud is on from 12noon-1pm
(other WA Day activities go from 10am-4pm)
FOR: all ages
BOOKINGS: not required; just turn up. More info here.
July 9/10 – Telling Tales Children’s Literature Festival
Join me and a bunch of other children’s authors & illustrators in Balingup for a weekend of talks and workshops for kids. Come for a day or for the weekend. This is one of my favourite festivals to visit because the whole community gets involved – plus Balingup has stunning scenery and great cafés!
VENUE: Balingup (3hrs drive south of Perth)
WHEN: Saturday July 9th – Sunday July 1oth
COST: $6 per day per child. Children can attend up to four session per day. No charge for accompanying parents or toddlers seated on parents lap.
BOOKINGS & MORE INFO: visit the Telling Tales website.
July 15 – Making mythical monsters:
watercolour dragons workshop
In the July holidays join me for a free workshop where you get to create, draw and paint amazing watercolor dragons.
Numbers are limited.
VENUE: City of Perth Library, 573 Hay st (NB: this is NOT the State Library)
WHEN: Friday July 15th, 10:30am-12 noon
FOR: strictly 7-10 year olds only
BOOKINGS: email Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Late last year I was asked by the City of Wanneroo to work on a mural project with primary school students.
Our task: to make murals for the Banksia Grove Community Centre, based on the theme of ‘what makes me happy’?
Here’s what we did.
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The end of 2015 marks two and a half years since I gave up my day job at the Health Department. It’s also been my busiest year by far.
That doesn’t mean much when there’s only 1.5 other years to compare it to 😉 but I’ve run the numbers and it was pretty huge.
Here’s the vital statistics:
- 118-ish days of talks and workshops at schools, libraries and festivals (way up from 80 last year)
- 12 festival/conference appearances (more than the last two years combined)
- Quietest term: 1st (same as last year)
- Quietest month: March (last year = April)
- Busiest term: 3rd (same as last year)
- Busiest months: August/Sept/Oct (last year = Aug)
- 4 trips over east (down from 6 last year)
- 1 trip each to Tas, Vic, NSW, Qld
- 2.5 weeks = longest trip away (Qld)
- 1 new book released (My Dead Bunny)
- 3 book launches including 2 inter-state
- 2 bouts of the flu
- 1 contract for a work-in-progress
- 1 grant
- 2 community art projects
- 9 editions of the James Foley-o newsletter
Continue reading “2015: Year in Review”