James Foley

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James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator. His books include Brobot (2016), My Dead Bunny (2015), In The Lion (2012), The Amity Kids Adventures (2013), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014).


My Dead Bunny was shortlisted for Picture Book of the Year in the 2016 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards. In The Lion was selected for the International Youth Library’s 2013 White Raven list. 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.


He has far too many books in his bedside reading pile.

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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" came 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….


In the Lion has been released by Walker Books.

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