James Foley

Date of Success: Competition placement in 2009 - Book published 2012.

James is a children's author and illustrator. His debut picture book, The Last Viking, was written by Norman Jorgensen and published in 2011 by Fremantle Press. 

It has since been nominated for the 2012 WA Young Readers' Book Awards and the 2012 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. 

His second book, In The Lion, was released by Walker Books in 2012. 

He loves presenting workshops for schools and libraries, he's a big fan of yoga, and he has far too many books in his bedside reading pile.

You can see more of James on his web site: www.jamesfoley.com.au


In 2009 I entered some picture book illustration samples into the CYA competition. They were for a story I was working on called "In The Lion". I didn't think much would come of it at the time, and was notably surprised when I received a Highly Commended award. 

It gave me a huge boost to my self-confidence as a writer/illustrator- up until that point, I wasn't sure if I had the talent needed to be published. 

In 2010, I was lucky enough to have a critique session with Sarah Foster from Walker Books. Due to the encouragement I'd received in my CYA feedback, I decided to show Sarah my text and illustration samples for "In the Lion". She said she was interested, and a few months later she offered me a contract. I was blown away. After a long development process, "In The Lion" is coming out in August 2012. 

Thank you for the encouragement and support that CYA provides. It gave me courage to keep trying- and now after many years I can say I'm a published author/illustrator.

James Foley's first book:


The Last Viking

By Norman Jorgensen and James Foley

Fremantle Press

Nominated for the 2012 Western Australian Young Readers' Book Awards

Nominated for the 2012 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

At last… the book that we saw in the CYA Conference competition as sketches…. This is the Lion has been released by Walker Books. 


If you like fun things - this is the Youtube In the Lion Book Trailer…

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