FROM HIGH SCHOOL FAILURE TO AWARD WINNING AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR
Josh Langley was told he would amount to nothing in life, having failed high school (twice) and being unemployed for several years, but that didn’t stop Josh from becoming an award-winning radio copywriter and award-winning author. His quirky and inspirational books have inspired thousands of people of all ages around the world to see life from an entirely new perspective
Josh has published 8 books in 8 years and in 2018 won the Australian Book Industry Awards Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of Year. An engaging speaker, he’s appeared at Paracon 2015, Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Telling Tales Balingup, delivered workshops and presented at over 60 primary schools.
He’s also a multi award-winning radio creative writer and runs his own creative agency. Josh is also a photographer, abstract painter and professional daydreamer and runs workshops based on his book Find Your Creative Mojo: How to overcome fear, procrastination and self-doubt to express your true self. He lives on 7 and a half acres in the South West of Western Australia with his husband.
Josh’s new kids book Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures: Finding the good when things go bad is out now through Big Sky Publishing.
Josh is a passionate advocate for both kids and adult mental health having himself experienced childhood trauma, dissociative amnesia and diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Positive mental health themes feature across his books, public talks, workshops and interviews.
More about Josh
Josh grew up in Perth Western Australia, where as a child he was constantly exploring, daydreaming, drawing, writing stories and creating music.
However, a troubled family life and difficult early teen years led to Josh failing High School. He went back a year later to repeat year 12 and still didn’t get the marks he needed for university. With no skills, no qualifications or a trade, Josh ended up being unemployed for two years, living from the back room of his father’s house with 50 cents to his name.
However soon Josh would start a successful 20-year career in radio and advertising winning many awards including two Australian Commercial Radio Awards and being a finalist in other national and international awards.
In 2000 he started his own creative agency and lectured copywriting at one of the most prestigious acting and media universities (WAAPA) in the country. Around the same time, he turned to painting as another form of self-expression which led him to be exhibited at the 2002 Perth Fringe Festival.
In 2010 Josh started drawing the successful ‘Frog and the Well’ cartoons which spawned 2 books published by Big Sky Publishing, Frog and the Well: Unconventional Happiness (2011) and Follow Your Heart: Everyday wisdom for an extraordinary life (2012). Then in quick succession Josh published two ground-breaking memoir/self-help books; Dying to Know: is there life after death, and Turning Inside Out: what if everything we’ve been taught about life is wrong,
In 2016 Josh returned to writing and illustrating, creating a new style of children’s book about self-esteem, feelings and resilience, which would appeal to both kids and adults. Being You is Enough and Other Important stuff received outstanding praise from parents and teachers and It’s Ok to Feel the Way You Do won the Australia Book Industry Awards Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year award.
In early 2016, Josh left his career in radio to run his own Advertising Creative business and pursue his love of writing and illustrating. His new self-help/memoir, Find your Creative Mojo: How to overcome fear, procrastination and self-doubt to express your true self is now available.
Josh currently lives in the South West of Western Australia, with his partner and a bunch of neurotic chickens. His favourite item of clothing is his sarong.
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