Archive for November, 2014


BIll & Ben Flower Pot Men, updated.

A fellow blogger posted this today and brought back so many memories.

Although I was 16 when she was born, I loved Andy Pandy;   “Here we go Looby Loo, here we go Looby Li, here we go Looby Loo, all on a Satuday night.”


Also Bill & Ben when I was very young in the UK, then later when I had children of my own, we watched Mr Squiggle, Play School and  Sesame Street, together.


I’m surprised Louise didn’t mention Noddy & Big Ears… Little me loved that show – Golly was my favorite!


I had so many Enid Blyton books which I devoured over and over again.

I miss the pace and sweet innocence of that time when children were allowed to just get lost in ‘Walking round the garden, like a teddy bear.  One step, two step, jumping in the air!’  

Thanks Louise, for all the memories today.


@FrancesMForde  #Bill&BenFlowerPotMen  #AndyPandy  #Noddy&BigEars  #Children’sPrograms


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Natures Decorations

Just gorgeous – and very apt – I’m about to put our tree up!

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

These birds reminded me of Christmas tree ornaments as they rested on the branches of a pine tree.

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A delightful introduction to two new WA writers…

looking up/looking down

Welcome to part 2 of this four-part series featuring emerging Western Australian women writers with manuscripts ready—or almost ready—to submit to agents and publishers. In this post my guests are Amanda Gardiner and Emily Paull.

Photo on 2014-08-05 at 15.49 #3_2Amanda Gardiner

If a wide range of life experiences gives a writer great source material, Amanda already has a store that should last her forever. ‘I have been an au pair, a FIFO at a gold mine, a shelf stacker, and a lecturer, tutor and researcher at university.  I have worn tiny shorts and a too-small t-shirt and served food and drinks to rich people on a luxury yacht. I have been an apprentice painter and decorator and an actor. I have edited a journal and a book. I house-sat for three and a half years and moved over 30 times. I have sold antique jewellery, presented my research at conferences, organised symposia, and…

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In 2008 I was asked to be the visiting poet for National Poetry Week.  My one-off visit was so popular, the school asked me to stay on for a few more weeks – the students enjoyed discovering poetry.


I wrote this poem in class to demonstrate and encourage them to have a go too and was surprised how many actually got up to read the resulting words.

School Daze

butterfly jumper

Thai yellow shoes


rhythm and rhyme

gave us the clues


words with a reason

passionate hues


snapshots of feeling

images in blue


it takes real talent

possessed by few


to write something cool

in a couplet or two


or a french cinquain

japanese tanka or haiku


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2008


We also opened a Poemhunters webpage so students could contribute  poetry with their teacher supervising.

@FrancesMForde  #OceanReefSenHighSchool  #SchoolDaze  #Poetry



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I’m certainly looking forward to Rashida’s book and meeting all these exciting writers…

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Western Australian women writers have produced some exciting and successful novels in 2014. New releases have included Annabel Smith’s much-anticipated interactive novel, The Ark; Deb Fitzpatrick’s first novel for adults (after three highly successful junior and young adult books), The Break; Dawn Barker’s second novel, Let Her Go; Felicity Young’s third in the Dr Dody McCleland series, The Scent of Murder; Kate McCaffrey’s new young adult novel, Crashing Down; and superlative new novels from two of my long-time favourites, Simone Lazaroo with Lost River and Joan London with The Golden Age. And if we ‘own’ Brooke Davis as Western Australian, as we tend to do, then there’s also the publishing phenomenon that is Lost & Found.

I’m looking forward to what 2015 will bring—and beyond that. There’s so much creative energy among writers on the western edge—some of it being nurtured in university…

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