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James Foley

From: $300.00

  • Kids’ book author and illustrator delivering funny, entertaining, interactive and inspiring workshops and presentations.
  • Books include Robot, Dungzilla, Astronauts, Toffle Towers, My Dead Bunny, The Last Viking.
  • One of the legends of Australian school talks and workshops.
  • Teaching notes and resources available.
  • Don’t miss out. Bookings only available from 31 May 2021! Scroll through calendar to see availability.
  • The rates in the calendar below apply to ONLINE DELIVERY (through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.).
  • Click here for IN PERSON DELIVERY rates.

Kids’ book author and illustrator delivering funny, entertaining, interactive and inspiring workshops and presentations

James Foley school talks are rarer than Chickensaurus teeth! Book James Foley school talks, or contact us to discuss details!

Who are James Foley school talks for?

Year 1 to year 12 students, teachers, parents and corporate groups.

About James Foley:

Hi, I’m James. I’m a writer, illustrator and cartoonist. I run workshops and give talks.

Most illustrators will tell you they’ve been drawing for as long as they can remember. I started my career in primary school, drawing cartoons for the school newspaper. The paper only lasted one issue, probably because my class faked a fire in the school hall using a smoke machine to get our front page story. In year 7, I won third prize in a state-wide ‘Make Your Own Storybook’ Competition. I later worked on a regular comic strip for my high school paper; editorial cartoons for a Curtin University paper; and a full-page comic for Notre Dame University’s ‘Quasimodo’ magazine.

But my professional career really began in 2003, when I drew my first covers for Western Australia’s weekly ‘Quokka‘ newspaper. By the time I finished in 2010 I’d drawn nearly 300 full-colour cartoons, usually featuring local landmarks and events.

I’ve worked as a freelancer, creating cartoons and illustrations for clients including Caritas Australia and the State Child Development Centre. I’ve consulted and volunteered with community groups and non-government organisations: working with children with special needs at Disability in the Arts Disadvantage in the Arts Australia (WA), assisting Indigenous artists through the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project, and teaching students in country towns through the Rural Development Australia (Wheatbelt) “Sharing Stories” comic project.

My favourite part of the job is presenting workshops at schools and libraries. I’m always amazed at the natural enthusiasm children bring to drawing, especially when they draw just for themselves and don’t care if it’s ‘good enough’ or not. I believe we all have this enthusiasm when we are younger, but most of us lose it – maybe someone makes a nasty comment, or maybe we think someone else is better at it, or maybe we think we have to draw things that look ‘right’ (I still struggle with this last one). I’ve worked with older audiences too, including educational organisations and corporate groups, and it’s fun to see people get back in touch with their creative child.

I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Australia West chapter. I’m also a member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

I like working with pen and ink, pencil, charcoal and watercolour. I also use digital tools: Adobe Photoshop, a Wacom graphics tablet, an iPad Pro and the Procreate app.

Details about James Foley school talks and workshops:

James delivers talks about:

– my creative journey: how I became an author/illustrator
– the making of The Last Viking / The Last Viking Returns
– the making of In The Lion
– the making of My Dead Bunny
– the making of Brobot
– visual literacy
– the picture book-making process
– combinations of the above

James runs workshops on:

– how to draw cartoons
– creating comics
– how to write/illustrate picture books
– secrets of character design
– how to make clay character maquettes
– digital illustration techniques
– combinations of the above (please enquire)
– making a collaborative picture book in a day (requires 5 school contact hours, 12-20 students max)

James also does:

– artist residencies
– literature festivals
– professional development sessions for teachers, artists and aspiring illustrators

Pricing for James Foley school talks and workshops:

The rates for James Foley school talks are based on the Australian Society of Authors recommended minimums. Available booking dates are extremely limited.

    • Up to 60 minutes: $300
    • 60 to 120 minutes: $425
    • 130 to 180 minutes: $625
    • Up to 60 minutes: $400
    • 60 to 120 minutes: $575
    • 130 to 180 minutes: $750

Please contact Nudge Productions directly if you’d like to discuss any details of a potential booking. You can email, or call Greg Cumming on 0406 317 801.


“Thank you so much for coming to our school yesterday … everyone said that it was the best author visit that we have had. One child in particular who is considered at risk but has a passion for drawing, came straight back to class and couldn’t put his pencil down.” – teacher, Dianella Primary College

“The kids (and teachers) really, really enjoyed your visit. The BEST we have ever had!” – teacher, Collier Primary School

“Best Book Week session I have ever attended.”
– teacher attending Subiaco Library, Children’s Book Week

“James’ sessions were a stand out of this year’s Children’s Book Week and we can’t recommend him highly enough.”
– Caroline Jones, Youth Services Librarian, Kwinana Library

“Thank you for visiting us today and sharing your story. It was inspirational and hilarious!”
– Wesley College (Perth)

“Dear James, thank you so much for the incursion today, it was absolutely brilliant. The boys were very excited and totally captivated. I have never seen them draw so amazingly!”
– Kristen Gray, Year 1 teacher, Scotch College (Perth)

“James has been amazing. What an incredible talent. I would recommend him to any school.”
– Fiona Rowe, Junior School Librarian, Scotch College (Adelaide)

“Fantastic presentation – James was great and spoke to the children’s level and interest. Our students will definitely be inspired to draw and write stories. Extremely dynamic presenter.”
– teacher attending Cannington Library, Children’s Book Week

“Hi James, I just wanted to drop you a short line to reiterate our thanks for the great time had by my 8 yr old son while attending the recent creating comic books workshop he attended as part of the Awesome Festival. He came away enthused and full of motivation to draw, draw, draw! His constant doodles are now all aimed around trying to create a comic book and piles of paper are building up all over the house.”
– parent

For bookings in Queensland and NSW:

For school bookings within Queensland, please contact Speakers Ink agency.

For school bookings within NSW, please contact the Children’s Bookshop Speakers’ Agency.

Watch a video by James Foley (it’s fun!)


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