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Speaker Profile - James Foley

Illustrator and Writer

Region: Australia West
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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James Foley is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, cartoonist, public speaker and workshop facilitator from Australia.

He is a past Regional Advisor and Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Australia West.

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 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.

Presentation Description:
Do you need a Meet-the-Author/Illustrator talk?

I give talks about:
- my creative journey
- the making of The Last Viking / The Last Viking Returns
- the making of In The Lion
- the making of My Dead Bunny
- visual literacy
- combos of the above

Or maybe you need a creative workshop?

My workshops include:
- how to draw cartoons
- digital illustration techniques
- how to make your own comics
- how to illustrate picture books
- how to make your own picture books
- secrets of character design
- how to make clay character maquettes
- combos of the above
- making a picture book in a day (requires 5 school contact hours, 12-20 students max)

I'm also available for:
- artist residencies
- literature festivals
- professional development sessions for teachers, artists and aspiring illustrators

I work with students from grades PP-12, and adults too.

If you're after a different sort of talk or workshop please get in touch.

You can find testimonals at my website.