The children went on a trip down to memory lane where a cheeky little boy names James Foley once lived.
This little boy would usually draw on paper, but when that ran out he would also draw ON the table, and even UNDER the table!
James showed us many of his early drawings, stories and his very first book award for the Cat Burglar in primary school. Many of these first drawings generated many new and crazy story ideas by the children from dinosaurs squashing cities to it raining whales!
We heard all about Norse myths, losing an eye for wisdom and debating what body part would be best missed in exchange for some wisdom. Parents beware, most children were happy to exchange a sibling for some wisdom instead!
James also talked about that little voice in your head when you are drawing which says that what you are drawing is no good, and how to stop listening to it.
His session ended with a reading from his book In The Lion and a drawing of the Lion swallowing anything from flies, lifts full of people, toilets and a whole school!
James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator. His books include In The Lion, The Amity Kids Adventures , The Last Viking and The Last Viking Returns. In The Lion was selected for the International Youth Library’s White Raven list in 2013. The Last Viking won the 2012 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Crystal Kite Award, 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.
His next book is written by Sigi Cohen and titled My Dead Bunny. It will stink up bookshops from October 1st 2015.
James is an ambassador for Books In Homes and Room To Read, a judge for the Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists, and the current Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Australia West.
Yvonne Mes, Author of Meet Sidney Nolan and Oliver’s Grumbles www.yvonnemes.com