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James Foley’s top tips for budding cartoonists

Behind every successful creator is a first story, a first line, a first drawing. James Foley’s passion for art started young, with a step-by-step drawing of Bart Simpson and some ‘public murals’ on and underneath the tables of his childhood home. These days, James writes and illustrates for a living, and regularly presents to schoolkids and encourages them to get stuck into their art. This month James took a few moments to share his top tips for getting into (and staying into) cartooning.

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Stories for Remembrance Day

The Australian War Memorial website says that ‘The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.’

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Afternoon tea with the creators of Drawn Onward

The Bunbury-based creator of Six Two Three Zero, Andrew Frazer, is about to release his first book. Drawn Onward, a picture book co-created with award-winning author Meg McKinlay, will be launched with an afternoon tea at Collins Booksellers Bunbury on Saturday 7 October. Both author and illustrator will be on hand to introduce the book.

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Behind the making of a book trailer

When we first met Mimi Helm she was a Curtin University student and one of a group of emerging filmmakers who had been tasked with making a book trailer for Fremantle Press as part of their coursework.

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Morse code and semaphore activities for schools

Need a last-minute Book Week activity? Why not get your students to create and use semaphore flags or morse code? Morse code and the semaphore signalling method was used to communicate important military information, home-front anxieties and, eventually, hopes for a more peaceful world. We've created some handy activity sheets for the book Lighthouse Girl by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmonds. Download them by clicking on the images below and pressing print.

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Freebie bonanza

Class sets of bookmarks and activities for all our latest titles are available now, just in time for Book Week. There’s plenty to do and explore, so make sure to get your order in while stocks last.

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