• James Foley is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, cartoonist, public speaker and workshop facilitator from Australia.
    He’s the Treasurer for SCBWI Australia West and was previously the Regional Advisor and Illustrator Coordinator.

    James is the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc. graphic novels: Gastronauts, Dungzilla, and Brobot. The books feature a brilliant young inventor called Sally Tinker and her stinky baby brother Joe.

    James also illustrated Toffle Towers: Fully Booked (2019), The Last Viking (Fremantle Press, 2011), The Last Viking Returns (2014) and My Dead Bunny (2015). My Dead Bunny was shortlisted for Picture Book of the Year in the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. The Last Viking won the 2012 Crystal Kite Award for Australia and New Zealand, the 2012 WA Young Readers’ Hoffman Award, and a 2012
    Children’s Book Council of Australia Junior Judges Award. It was shortlisted for a further four awards.
    James’ picture book In The Lion was selected for the International Youth Library’s 2013 White Raven list.

    James is a big fan of yoga and has far too many books in his bedside reading pile.


  • I’m a huge fan of funny picture books and comics/graphic novels, especially those with a cheeky or dark sense of humour, and those aimed at a junior primary/elementary audience.

    I’m especially into stories that allow for a cinematic style of illustration- where extreme camera angles, action scenes and comic timing come into play.

    I also write! There’s nothing better than being able to pull the whole story together from scratch.

    I’m developing a wordless graphic novel, which is a great challenge.

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