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In the light of terrible tragedy, my thoughts are with the families of passengers and crew of the Malaysian Airliner shot down today.

When will we learn to care about each other, again?

I thought I’d share a poem written when I was eighteen, in Africa and thinking of other wars many years ago.

It seems the world doesn’t change and we never learn…


No-one knows me, no-one cares

as I lonely through my window stare.

Observing the world all by myself

Sitting alone on  my own little shelf.


I watch and judge the world and its ways

never taking part in it’s little plays.

Though some are bad and some are good

some of them I’ve never really understood.


Yes, I disagree with many moves

why can’t this world just learn to love ?

Do without wars and fighting – we should –

but somehow, do you think we ever could ?


The needless waste of human lives

The sorrow of a family that’s deprived

    (of their loved ones).


How unfair it seems that some should have

and others are left to scrimp and save.

How beautiful and rich some lands and

others consist only of sky and sand.


One day the world will right itself

while I sit, left alone on my shelf.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 1968

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I started doing poetry postcards when I ran Poets Corner @ Pages Cafe as a giveaway on each table.  I figured if people were kind enough to sit and listen, they deserved a keepsake.

I’m still in the habit and find them useful as giveaways at readings and book events.   I get them printed – often for free, when VISTA PRINT  do ‘specials’.

This one has the first (the very first) oil painting I ever did, on it.  My dad gave me a set of oils for my 12th birthday and a small tester board.

I haven’t done more than a handful since but this first attempt at oils, was always my favorite.

The poem was written for my returned love; every time he turns to carry on with his everyday… I miss him this much.


#FrancesMacaulayForde   #PoetsCorner@PagesCafe  #POEM:INeedYou  #ExploringPossibilities

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Wonderful to see how well supported our local industry is with beautiful awards and appropriate ceremony at the Heath Ledger Theatre, the perfect setting.

Sincere congratulations and well done to all involved from the winners and nominees to the hard-working organizers at the relocated FTI.   Quoting from FTI’s Facebook Page today:

“Over 500 filmmakers, celebrities, media and screen industry representatives turned out to celebrate the very best in Western Australian screen production at the 26th annual WA Screen Awards at the
Heath Ledger Theatre in Perth last night, Monday 14 July 2014, hosted by comedian Claire Hooper.
Presented by FTI, the WA Screen Awards (WASAs) is the premier celebration of West Australian screen culture, celebrating excellence and achievements in feature film, short film, web series, music videos, television production, documentary and games.”     READ the full list and report:

The West Australian covered the evening:   “Winton Film Tops Local Oscars”  

Independent Film Magazine made comment:  “The Turning Takes WASA’s Feature Prize” 

The WA Screen Awards have turned a page.  A revamped and renewed Film and Television Institute led by the very capable Paul and marketed so well by Michael.

The whole FTI team have obviously taken up the challenge and made our awards relevant again.

The WASA’s have grown up!  Sincere congratulations again, to all the winners, nominees and hard-working-now-celebrating, FTI!

Sorry we missed the professional celebrations this year, we’ll definitely make a date for next!

Facebook was full of congratulations and comments lauding our local filmmakers. All very well deserved:

Stephen Van Mil   WE WON!!  Huge thanks to the master and commander himself John Collee – your inspiration and magnificent screenplay is what made Tango Underpants our happy feet…..! Tania Chambers Miranda Edmonds Emma BeeAgustina Costa Varsi Guy Gross Nadia MeneghelloKhrob Edmonds Estelle Buzzard Maya Alexandra Kavanagh Meg McPherson Denson Baker and all our incredible team – and thanks for the snap Nick Van Mil…!! — with Miranda Edmonds and Tania Chambers.

Antony Webb
Congrats to team The Fan. We won best music, best director and best film! ‪#‎wasa26‬
David Le May
Big Congrats to winners of the WASA’s this year and very chuffed to win Best Cinematography Long form for ABC series “who’s been sleeping in my house?” Driving in the UK phone bleeped and said Go WASA YAY! thanks Court McAllister had to pull over and find out more! a very special thanks too to Series producer Daniel Brown being supportive over the 8 years I’ve known him and allowing me to go wacky with some of the photography! Thanks Joined up films!
Film & Television Institute
Tune into RTRFM 92.1 at 11.10am to hear our two BEST DIRECTORS Nicholas Dunlop (Best Direction Long Form for Comic Book Heroes) and Antony Webb (Best Direction Short Form for The Fan) give the full lowdown on last night’s 26th annual WA Screen Awards. ‪#‎thefan‬‪#‎comicbookheroes‬
Tune into RTRFM 92.1 at 11.10am to hear our two BEST DIRECTORS Nicholas Dunlop (Best Direction Long Form for Comic Book Heroes) and Antony Webb (Best Direction Short Form for The Fan) give the full lowdown on last night's 26th annual WA Screen Awards. #thefan #comicbookheroes #WASA26
Stephen Van Mil shared Tango Underpants‘s photo.
Tango Underpants has just won the Australian Writers Guild Award for  Best Short Form Script!!!

Tango Underpants has just won the Australian Writers Guild Award for Best Short Form Script!!!

Antony Webb
So this happened tonight
So this happened tonight :)
Lucy Byrne with Antony Webb and Vivienne Marshall
Congrats to all who won awards at the WASAs tonight. Ypu are all flipping awesome!
Congrats to all who won awards at the WASAs tonight. Ypu are all flipping awesome!
#FrancesMacaulayForde  #FTI-WASA’s  #WALocalOscars

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My very talented daughter Jessica McCallum is busy working on her entry into the Black Swan Portraiture Prize.

Held every year, I’ve been nagging her to enter for years, ever since she was commissioned to provide Black Swan masks for the big event; the ball where winners are announced.

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She’s busy working on the portrait of her Dad, a man of the land both privately and professionally.  He worked for the Agricultural Department as a Farm Advisor since earning his degree at Curtin University after doing National Service.

As a now retired but always committed environmentalist, it’s fitting Jess is using his landscape – his Brookton farm to frame his face.  (Photos show close ups of the work in progress.)

Using mostly wood stains on ply instead of the usual acrylic or oils on canvas, her approach is different.  The technique also enables her to use the traditional craft of wood burning for striking shadow effects.

So, so proud.  Can’t wait to see the final product because I know it will be amazing.


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Yesterday, I received my copy of  For RHINO in a Shrinking World,  the anthology published to raise awareness and funds of their plight.

Just a quick flick through and I am very impressed.  Although my entry ‘Thandi‘ wasn’t successful, those that were are worth a read.

So I posted my poem up on the  ABC Tales board  and received some complimentary feedback and today – a cherry!

Thank you to the ABC Powers That Be for making my Sunday.


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In the dark old days, the storyteller always had the best place by the campfire. Those days may be gone, but the power of story remains. It’s time we acknowledged that, and brought our authors out of the cold.

Joanne Harris  from her excellent article:  This fairy story has lost its happy ending.

I’ve just finished watching  ‘The Swan Princess’  on the Drive In on-line page.  Although it credits the story writers and the screenplay writer, it doesn’t mentioned the original  Other Swan Stories it may well have been inspired by.   Now I want to know which of those stories the beautiful ballet ‘Swan Lake’ was based on.

How many people do you think, have enjoyed these story in all their many presentations.  And how many do you think know who wrote the originals, who was the first to put pen to paper?


A story I wrote for my own children in the late 80’s was awarded the FAWWA Furphy in 1994 as “The Best Children’s Book Manuscript”.

To my total surprise, my story was nominated without my knowledge by my fellow writers group members at the Fellowship of Australian Writers here in Western Australia .

Since then,I’ve adapted the story to a pantomime and it’s been performed at Emerald Park by members of the Northern Youth Theatre then again at the 1995 Joondalup Festival.

I’m currently updating the story and adapting it to a script.  I know it’s a good story and I want it to live many lives.

Just returned from watching my 6 year old niece dance – it would also make a good ballet.

I’ve never actually sent it out for publication though.  I wonder why?


#FrancesMacaulayForde   #TheSwanPrincess  #SwanLake  #TheSwimmingPoolPeople  #NorthernYouthTheatre  #FAWWA



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Eclectic Encore for Grace Knight!  

(Valentine’s Day, Western Australia, 2006)

It was hot – bloody hot for Valentine’s Day.  The kind of heat that oppresses, suggests multiple showers and hard-working deodorants.  Not how one wishes to appear on the day most touted for romance, especially when treated to a restaurant dinner with a Grace Knight concert to follow.

One wants to be cool, elegant, calm of face and dry of appearance ~ didn’t happen.  That would be sexy and romantic ~ the heat should come later… There was plenty of the other stuff ~ gorgeous food, wine, loads of women dressed for the occasion…

Sitting on the Joondalup Hotel restaurant terrace would normally have been the optimum place for our table. But not when there isn’t a breath of fresh air – just dampness descending.  Gazing over the cutlery into pools of passion and longing, we’d occasionally steal a wanton glance at the circular, ice-cool pool frequented by ducks. But in the still, hot night, trips into the air-conditioning for buffet treats, delicious sweets and succulent seafood helped make room for the next scrumptious plateful.

Although sexiness in female apparel sometimes means tight, it also means more skin exposed to the non-existent breeze and men wearing long pants, even though they’d rather be in Stubbies with a cold midi in hand, not drinking champagne or wine instead.

Our guided trek across green valleys past ancient, many branched grass trees ~ a magnificent statement of origin, helped digestion before spreading our blankets, in a patrons area, close to the stage and next to the lake, to receive a traditional Noongar welcome.

The flocks of ducks rising from the still water disturbed by the ‘five thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six’ others (some parked as far away as the shopping center), circling and settling back down to become part of the enchanting landscape again.

We were seduced by a medley of Show Tunes; then Mantovani, Rogers and Hart and more, performed by stars of the Youth Jazz Orchestra, fresh from their recent New York sojourn.

The Police spotter plane circled in the freeway distance but Gracie held her hair out of her face, away from the strong fans cooling from both sides of her performance space, to electrify us ~ her real fans ~ with so many favorite songs of luuurve.

As a big cheesy moon rose among the trees we thanked the sponsors, the resort and our fabulous community up here on the Sunset Coast for an unforgettable Valentine venue, promising to make a date for next year too.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2006


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EFrancesPortrait1BW Rambling on…


For THROWBACK THURSDAY I thought I’d post this piece, written way back in 2008.


A Trilogy of Creativity

Imagine a film culture that values and celebrates their writers – as well!

Where the film opens with  ‘A Film By A Brilliant Writer’  in HUGE letters….  

Wait… wait… I’m visualizing….   

Imagine if the writer was credited first – just as the script came first!   It should be standard in every contract.

Imagine if, in all the publicity, as many times as the producer/director are mentioned – so is the writer!

A trilogy of creativity! 

At the very least, equal status and consideration, even listed before the others! 

I know – I know… often the script is taken and the writer never consulted again while others input their talents.

That’s where writers get lost and forgotten – while everyone else is contributing. 

But in the end, imagine if the world remembered the root – how the tree grew from a tiny seed and who planted that seed in the beginning…


It’s not just a case of reminding those in the industry of the contribution a writer makes but also, informing the public – for them it would be a subliminal statement of value.

Once the mind-set of valuing the writer is established, everything else will follow:  

            the time (money) to develop scripts,

            the appreciation of the time true craft takes

            the education/practice required to deliver the skills of screenwriting.  

No-one expects a novel to be written in 3 months (rare).  Nor do we expect them to go straight from the writer to the printing press.

We know novels need to be edited and edited again and again, throughout which the author needs to be consulted and considered. 

And when the novel/book is finally printed, we revere and promote the author as creator – even send them on book tours, because we realize and fully acknowledge their involvement in the final product.  

The author is often what sells the book – once you’ve read one you want to read more of the same quality.

Imagine if we had the general public going to films by their favorite writer?

Imagine if screenwriters were feted in the promotion of the film on a level with its directors and producers? 

What a wondrous world for screen writers that would be.

A trilogy of creativity!

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2008

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