James Moloney

James Moloney

Queensland

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Educational consultant
  • Virtual visits
available for virtual visits

James Moloney has lived most of his life in Queensland. He was a teacher and a teacher librarian for many years but now writes full time in a shed tucked away in the back yard of his home in Brisbane. He has written fantasy and high adventure for younger readers, but his passion remains the Young Adult novels for which he is best known.

James enjoys visiting schools either to give talks about his books and writing in general or work directly with students in workshops. He has a range of workshop activities and challenges which he tailors to age groups from Yr 4 to 12. He sees his purpose in such visits as to inspire self-expression through the written word and to develop the skills that empower student to do so.

The Beauty is in the Walking is James' 46th book and he looks forward to breaching the 50 mark with the publication of his Young Vikings series. A YA novel set in Nazi Germany will follow in 2018.

Major Awards:

  • CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers - A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove
  • CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers - Swashbuckler
  • Victorian Premier's Prize - Touch Me
  • UNESCO Prize for Literature Promoting Peace and Tolerance (Commended) – Angela
  • Gold Inky Award – Chosen by teenagers for best YA novel - Silvermay

Testimonials

  • What a delight to have James back after 11 years. We have just completed our 12th annual Writers Festival and his attendance as one of our guest speakers was so well received by the 120 attending students. Our Festival represents an extremely unique opportunity for students from around the Far North region to benefit from the vast and varied experiences of such an accomplished author as James.

    Trinity Bay State High School - August 2018

    Trinity Bay State High School - August 2018
    James Moloney
  • James's polished presentation inspired teachers and librarians to think carefully about texts.

    Autism Hub and Reading Centre - August 2018

    Autism Hub and Reading Centre - August 2018
    James Moloney
  • James was very accommodating and tailored his presentations to the groups he was working with. On the whole, each audience was fully engaged and gave favourable comments afterwards.

    Albany Creek State High School - June 2018

    Albany Creek State High School - June 2018
    James Moloney
  • We recently held a Literature & Arts Festival at St. Catherine's Catholic College, The Whitsundays for our Secondary students. All the authors that attended were entertaining, engaging and inspiring. I have had so much positive feedback from students, staff and library colleagues. The students have all been raving about how excellent the festival was, and they were disappointed at the thought of returning to classes for the rest of the week. I have had reluctant readers coming into the library to borrow books, more students are writing stories. I would definitely recommend David Burton, Josh Donellan, Kathy Hoopmann, James Moloney, Giulio Saggin, and Edwina Shaw to anyone looking at having authors present for their Secondary students.

    St Catherine's Catholic College Literature and Arts Festival - May 2018

    St Catherine's Catholic College Literature and Arts Festival - May 2018
    James Moloney
  • We really enjoyed James' presentation. He was excellent. He was an absolute delight both at our breakfast and two middle school presentations. He was able to interact so easily with the large cohorts which made his experience and insight into writing and storytelling easy for the boys to follow. His books have flown off the library shelves, a testament to him both as a presenter and writer. He clearly hit the mark with his audience. We are happy to recommend him to future clients.

    St Joseph's College (Terrace) - August, 2017

    St Joseph's College (Terrace) - August, 2017
    James Moloney
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