John Foley

 

John Foley FRSA is an audiobook producer and puzzle setter. After years of stage work as an actor, he turned to writing and radio. He has scripted and voiced more than 600 programmes for BBC English/World Service. Other audio work includes adapting numerous plays by writers such as Alan Bennett, Ronald Harwood, John Osborne, J. B. Priestley and Victoria Wood for World Service Drama and Radio 4. John has also produced more than 100 audiobooks for Macmillan, Naxos and Random House, mainly of unabridged classics by Boccaccio, Fanny Burney, Byron, Dostoevsky, Theodore Dreiser, Gogol, Hardy, Henry James, Kipling, D.H. Lawrence, Trollope, H. G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, and many others.

Previously published works include The Guinness Book of Beards & Moustaches (with Leslie Dunkling), and The Guinness Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols; a volume of musical anecdotes for Classic FM; stories for Disney comics, and a number of graded readers for children including Rubbish Rivals and Smellybear.

He is the ‘London Office’ for The School Times International (Denmark), and a regular contributor of French-themed crosswords and puzzles to The Connexion (‘France’s English-language newspaper’).

Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories, published as a stocking filler for Christmas 2017, was followed last year by Another Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories. Inspired by summers spent in Hans Christian Andersen’s house in Copenhagen, both collections of fables are enlivened by drawings from award-winning screenwriter, illustration artist and actor Grant Cathro. All profits from the first book are shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and The Silver Line, while from the second book all profits go to Mencap (www.mencap.org.uk). Similarly, all profits from the latest book, The Bear in the Fifth Floor Flat, are also for Mencap.

The third collection of fables, Still More Simple and Slightly Silly Stories, is scheduled for autumn 2020, again as a stocking filler for Christmas.

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