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Gastronauts Book Tour

To celebrate the release of my latest book, Gastronauts, I’ve got a bunch of workshops and events happening in WA, NSW and VIC from Sept 26-Oct 14. Full details below.

 

Sept 26:  Gastronauts book launch – Fremantle (WA)

gastronauts launch banner

I’m launching the latest book in my ‘S.Tinker Inc.’ graphic novel series – it’s called ‘Gastronauts‘!

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?

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: preferred; click here.

 

Oct 1, 2, 4, 5:  Awesome Festival comic book workshops (WA)
***SELLING FAST***

This year at AWESOME I’ll run 4 comic book illustration workshops that will guide you through the process of making your own story in a comic strip format! Learn the tricks to character design, speech bubbles, panels and layout that will make your comics infinitely more readable and enjoyable.

***NB: The sessions on October 2nd and 5th are already sold out, but you can add your name to the waitlist for these dates.***

WHEN: Monday Oct 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th
TIME: 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: Education Room, State Library of WA
AGES: 8-10yo
COST: $20.50
BOOKINGS: essential, click here.

 

Oct 3:  Cartooning Workshop at GosCon (WA)

Come and learn how to draw cartoon characters with me!

This workshop is part of GosCon, a day of workshops and activities for young people. There are workshops on manga art and graphic design, a session with comics writer Shane McCarthy, a cosplay competition, video games, stalls and food trucks.

WHEN: Wednesday Oct 3rd
TIME: 9:30am-11am
WHERE: Thornlie Library, 1 Culross Avenue, Thornlie WA
AGES: 7-12yo
COST: free
BOOKINGS: essential. Contact the library to reserve your place:
(08) 9251 8750, Library_queries@gosnells.wa.gov.au

 

Oct 3: Gastronauts book launch – Perth –
Great Big Dark and Spooky Book Read (WA)

Presented by Fremantle Press, 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 a copy of one of the books being launched on the day, including my latest, Gastronauts!

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

 

Oct 4:  Window drawing, Dymocks Subiaco (WA)

I’ll be decorating the window at Dymocks Subiaco, Gastronauts-style! Come watch me like I’m some sort of exhibit in a weird artist zoo. Plus, grab a signed copy of my latest book, Gastronauts!

WHEN: Thursday Oct 4th
TIME: 4:30pm onwards
WHERE: Dymocks, Shop 3/165-169 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco WA

 

Oct 6:  comic book workshop @ Better Read Than Dead (NSW)

Join me for a cartooning session and mini-comic-book making workshop in the October school holidays! Learn how to draw your own cartoon characters then create your own comic book story. Plus, grab a signed copy of my latest book, Gastronauts!

WHEN: Saturday Oct 6th
TIME: 11am-1pm
WHERE: upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW
AGES: 8-12yo
COST: $10 for workshop only; $20 for workshop + a copy of Gastronauts (the book is $15, so you save $5!)
BOOKINGS: essential, click here.

 

Oct 6:  Window drawing, Berkelouw Books Leichhardt (NSW)

I’ll be decorating the window at Berkelouw Books Leichhardt, Gastronauts– style! Come watch me like I’m some sort of exhibit in a weird artist zoo. Plus, grab a signed copy of my latest book, Gastronauts!

WHEN: Saturday Oct 6th
TIME: 2:00pm onwards
WHERE: Berkelouw Books, 70 Norton St, Leichhardt NSW

 

Oct 7:  comic book workshop @ Berkelouw Books Leichhardt (NSW)

Join me for a cartooning session and mini-comic-book making workshop in the October school holidays! Learn how to draw your own cartoon characters then create your own comic book story. Plus, grab a signed copy of my latest book, Gastronauts!

WHEN: Sunday Oct 7th
TIME: 10am-11:30am
WHERE: upstairs at Berkelouw Books, 70 Norton St, Leichhardt NSW
AGES: 7-12yo
COST: free
BOOKINGS: essential. Email r.robson@berkelouw.com.au or call (02) 9560 3200.

 

Oct 7:  comic book workshop @ Harry Hartog Macquarie (NSW)

Join me for a cartooning session and mini-comic-book making workshop in the October school holidays! Learn how to draw your own cartoon characters then create your own comic book story. Plus, grab a signed copy of my latest book, Gastronauts!

WHEN: Sunday Oct 7th
TIME: 2:30pm-3:30pm
WHERE: Harry Hartog, Macquarie Shopping Centre, Herring Road & Waterloo Road, North Ryde NSW
AGES: 8-12yo
COST: free
BOOKINGS: Essential, click here.

 

Oct 8:  comic book workshop
& Gastronauts Book Launch – Beecroft
@ The Children’s Bookshop (NSW)

Join me for a cartooning and comic-book making workshop in the October school holidays! Learn how to draw your own cartoon characters then create your own comic book story.

Stay on for the NSW launch of my latest book, Gastronauts!

WHEN: Monday Oct 8th
TIME: workshop 9:00am-12pm; launch from 12pm onwards
WHERE: The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah St, Beecroft NSW
AGES: 8-12yo
COST: workshop is $50; book launch is free to attend.
BOOKINGS: essential. Contact the bookshop on (02) 9481 8811, or staff@thechildrensbookshop.com.au

 

Oct 10:  comic book workshop @ Collins, Croydon (VIC)

Join me for a cartooning and comics session. Learn how to draw your own cartoon characters then create your own mini-comic book story.

Plus, grab a signed copy of my latest book, Gastronauts!

WHEN: Wednesday Oct 10th
TIME: 4pm-5pm
WHERE: Collins Booksellers, 132 Main St, Croydon VIC
AGES: 8-12yo
COST: Free
BOOKINGS: essential; contact the bookstore on (03) 9723 5577.

 

Oct 13:  Gastronauts book launch – Fitzroy –
@ Kids’ Book Fest (VIC)

The Little Book Room is holding its first ever Kids’ Book Fest! It’s got an amazing line-up of authors and illustrators, and I’m lucky enough to be a part of it to launch Gastronauts.

The day is split in two parts: there’s a 3-hour morning session for 3yo+, then a 3-hour afternoon session for 7yo+ (FYI, I’ll be in the afternoon session).

I’ll also take part of an illustrator battle, and the Total Quack Up panel – it’s an awesome short story collection I got to illustrate. Do not miss this.

WHEN: Saturday Oct 13th
TIME: 2pm-5pm
WHERE: Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy VIC
AGES: all ages
COST: $20/head (kids 12 months and under are free)
BOOKINGS: Essential, click here

 

Oct 14:  comic book workshop & window drawing @ Readings St Kilda (VIC)

I’ll be decorating the window at Readings St Kilda, Gastronauts– style! Come watch me like I’m some sort of exhibit in a weird artist zoo.

Plus, join me for a cartooning and comic-book making workshop. Learn how to draw your own cartoon characters then create your own comic book story.

Plus plus, grab a signed copy of my latest book, Gastronauts!

WHEN: Sunday Oct 14th
TIME: workshop 10:30am-11:30am; window drawing 12:30pm-2pm
WHERE: Readings, 112 Acland St, St Kilda VIC
AGES: 7-12yo
COST: $15 (includes a signed copy of Gastronauts)
BOOKINGS: essential. Opening soon.

7 thoughts on “Upcoming Events”

  1. We attended a workshop for homeschoolers today and it was awesome!! My 5 year old loves to create his own storybooks and now he wants to make a book and give it to his new hero – James Foley!! Thanks for your inspiration!

  2. Also in addition to my comment above, my 5 year old has now told me instead of being Iron Man or Spiderman when he grows up, he now wants to “work at the library and make books – like James Foley.” How amazing is that!

    1. That’s so nice to hear! Maybe he doesn’t have to give up being Iron Man or Spider-man though (maybe he could be a writer/illustrator as well as a superhero??)

      Thanks for the feedback Hayley!

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