John Foley


John Foley FRSA is an audiobook producer and puzzle setter.

After years of stage work as an actor, he turned his focus to writing and audio. 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 50 audiobooks for Naxos and Random House of unabridged works by Boccaccio, Byron, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, D.H. Lawrence, Salman Rushdie, Anthony Trollope, H. G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, and many others.

John’s 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 to The Connexion (France’s English-Language Newspaper:

Seven Simply and Slightly Silly Stories is the first of several collections of fables that John has written over the years, inspired by summers in Hans Christian Andersen’s house in Copenhagen. The stories have been tucked away in his desk for too long, so now – enlivened with drawings by award-winning screenwriter, illustration artist and actor Grant Cathro – John has decided to publish this first set in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support ( and The Silver Line ( All profits raised from the sale of the book will be shared between these two charities.

John’s second collection of fables, imaginatively titled Another Seven Simple and Slightly Silly Stories, is coming soon. Other projects in the pipeline for QuizzicalWorks include the first two books of The Adventures of Woo, about a misfit owl: Invasion of the Jiggerflies and The Silence of Wungo Fidgett.


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