ABOUT FRANCES MACAULAY FORDE
Frances writes for page, stage and screen and is very proud to be a member of the SCWBI WA writing
community. Her writing for
children, film and poetry have been awarded and published in newspapers,
magazines, books and on the net. ‘The Swimming Pool People’ was awarded
the inaugural Furphy by the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA
for the Best Children’s Book Manuscript
in 1994. The film of her script ‘Love You Mum’ was produced in South
Australia in 2006 and won awards both in Australia, Canada and America. Frances optioned 2 (+1 unwritten) children’s books
and developed a feature script based on one of the characters in 2006 but
awaits producer interest and development. Frances is also seeking a producer for her TV
Series ‘Mr Panda Lives Next Door’ and
the associated books which she is currently illustrating for publication. After 14 glorious months dining on poetry and
storytelling in Ireland and publishing her first book of poetry in Cork in
2003, Frances returned to Australia. She
initiated Poets Corner@Pages Cafe,
hosted each month in the State Library, between 2005 & 2008 showcasing more
than 60 poets. Her own poetry has been
awarded and published in Australia and overseas. Frances intends to use rhythm and rhyme in her
books for children. She recently enjoyed
taking part in 2 years of the (US) 12 x
12 Challenges with Julie Hedland and now has a huge file of ideas and
inspiration. She highly recommends the
courses. Currently, Frances is focused on developing book ideas and exploring
how to illustrate her stories with her toy-making sideline of hand-sewn
characters and collage. Her only problem
is finishing one and sending it out before leaping to the next and the
I know how hard it is to write effectively for children, so I’m absorbing everything I can from so many inspiring children’s authors – and many award-winning members of this group and SCWBI West.
If only I didn’t have other work I would focus entirely on my ideas for children, however there’s been some interest in my ‘Mr Panda Lives Next Door’ TV series…
Recently I participated in the 12 x 12 Challenge (for two years), run by Julie Hedland, an American Children’s Book Writer.
It forced me to work on CPB ideas to a stage where I could send them to an agent – that’s the challenge each month.
Fantastically inspired, I now have a file full of ideas which I am slowly developing and learning to illustrate with hand-sewn, original characters and collage.