Archive for May, 2016

We’ll have to watch this!

The Fluff Is Raging

Warner Bros. is obviously where Ben Affleck is happiest.

The Accountant looks to be a solid thriller with an interesting premise.

My thoughts on the trailer:

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Wise and helpful advice.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent

34d4f71fc9ac164fd6af6bc5770ca7e4Lots of people can write. Lots of people can (and do!) query their writing. But what does that group of people who get published do differently? Other than persistence, here are my FIVE SECRETS to set you apart from the pack–and join your peers getting published!


Notice I didn’t say “develop a platform” which is a plus, but isn’t going to score you a book deal by itself. By network I mean:

  • Join a critique group
  • Join a writing association (ITW, RWA, WFWA etc.)
  • Spend time on one social media site that suits your interests and personality (choose one! you don’t have to do it all) and build a community
  • Engage with other writers who have agents and if you become friends and have similar writing style ask for a referral to their agent


I get it, I do; you writers are creative people…

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An important message.


A few months ago I was invited by Cafe Dissensus to guest edit a special issue on Female Genital Mutilation in India. A topic close to my heart, for reasons that will become evident when you read the editorial here and the other stories in this issue. The extraordinary transformative power of grief in the shared narratives of over a dozen women from all walks of life and all corners of the world, stunned me. Naturally stories like these cannot be told without a backlash. The Facebook page dedicated to ending the practice of mutilating young girls has been attacked by those who perceive their control is slipping. Men and women whose only recourse seems to be heckling, post daily diatribes against the women who have taken on legal and religious establishments in India in a bid to end this horrendous practice. Australia, U.K, Canada and the U.S.A have legislation…

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Worth a visit!

Liz Byrski

I’m really looking forward to participating in this year’s  Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival  on the long weekend in June. I’ll be in 2 events on Friday and 1 on Saturday, as well as being involved in the Write Advice Curtin Writing and Publishing Flash Mob, also on the Saturday.

On Friday morning I’ll be talking with Chinese poet, essayist and translator, Huiyi Bao, about her book of essays on Irish culture as well as her research into religious poetry. She’ll read some of her poems, talk about her translations of the work of Margaret Attwood and Elizabeth Bishop, and how her book has become a best-seller in mainland China.

Later that day I’ll be talking with Rosemary Sayer about my book In Love and War: Nursing Heroes. Rosemary and I were part of a really enjoyable conversation at the Perth Writers Festival and I’m looking forward…

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Matthew Holmes: a writer/director to watch!

Cinema Australia

The Legend of Ben Hall Cinema Australia 0

“Upon discovering the history of Ben Hall, John Gilbert and Frank Gardiner, it sent me into a frenzy of research and writing. It’s become somewhat of an obsession that has hung on for almost 10 years.”

by Matthew Eeles

Australian filmmaker, Matthew Holmes has announced two prequels to his highly anticipated The Legend of Ben Hall – an epic, enthralling outlaw tale based on the life of the infamous Australian bushranger.

According to Holmes, work is already underway on two companion films to form The Bushranger Anthology, the first of it’s kind ever produced in Australia.

“Australia has never made a trilogy of Bushranger Westerns,” Holmes told Cinema Australia, “This will be the first.”

The two follow-ups will be companion pieces to Ben Hall, and will tell the stories of Hall’s mentor, Frank Gardiner and John Vane, a 21-year-old bush delinquent recruited into the Gilbert-Hall gang in 1863.

This week…

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The First Review

Congratulations, Dianne.


… and it isn’t even out yet! random cover pix

Thank you Joy Lawn for the wonderful early review in Australian Bookseller + Publisher:

The Shark Caller breaks new ground in junior YA fiction. [I]ssues of conservation and identity, as told from Izzy’s dual-cultural perspective, with a scattering of creole Tok Pisin words, will intrigue readers aged 11 and up.’ Joy Lawn, Australian Bookseller + Publisher

Here is a link to their website with the full review.

shark book uncorrectedAnd, my very first uncorrected proof copy arrived this week.

As I read through it for the multi-hundredth time, I couldn’t help getting out a pencil and making just a few more changes. How did I miss 2x ‘massive’ on pg 80 ? And why didn’t I delete ‘suddenly’ on pg 208?

Too late for this edition, but fingers crossed for a second print run. In the meantime, I think I need to channel Elsa…

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Always balanced, considered, enticing and informed reviews from CJ.

Film Mafia

The First Monday in May

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Workplace docs are a long-standing sub-genre of documentary; sometimes they’re a glimpse of the banal (Salesman), sometimes the unique (Leviathan) and sometimes the rarefied, as is the case here. The First Monday In May is the date of Anna Wintour’s fund-raising fashion gala in support of the Costume Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and where to seat Beyoncé is a vital part of her workday.

Wintour is an icon to a segment of the population, and, of course, she has been fictionalised to a wider audience in the novel and film The Devil Wears Prada (where her alter-ego was played brilliantly by no less than Meryl Streep). She’s also already been the subject of an excellent feature-length documentary, 2009’s The September Issue. She is every bit the fashion doyenne, and the denizens of her world – and the acolytes…

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Must remember to rent a ‘laughing child’…


Last week, I was invited to read My Silly Mum to sixty school children aged four to five years old. I’m no stranger to reading to children, having run a weekly storytime session at my current workplace for a couple of years, as well as running playgroups for several years (once upon a time).

mon book launch_13Here are my tips for reading to young school children:

1. Rent a laughing child: If your book is funny, you need that one child who kicks off the giggles. It doesn’t matter if it’s as soon as you open the book, or after the first word – trust me, it’s affirming because that kid gets it. I had one of those children at the book launch also, and his “her-her-her-her” certainly revved up the crowd.

2. Dare the kids: Kids love a challenge. Do I have the silliest mum in the world? Or do they?

3. Pause…

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FMF Art © 2011

An extract from my next poetry collection: ‘Exploring Possibilities’.


Before you returned, I slept in a bed

without creases.  Only pulled up the sheets

to straighten.  Now I love my wrinkles. 

Today following signs to Yield in Ireland,

I’m used to an Aussie Give Way while 

I put on red lipstick, tell you stories

of Africa when we were both young


and watch my words seduce you again.

You remember  young Chianti; full

round ruby red, peppered with berries. 

I remember a Hotel in Kitwe – Blue Nun. 

You say your taste has matured, you now

prefer an Aussie Shiraz; sharp, punchy,

still youthful – allowed to ripen with time.


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #BOOK:ExploringPossibilties  #POEM:BeforeYou  #Poetry  #Writing  #BOOK:SketchingInIreland  #LovePoetry   #RomanticPoetry  #Love  #Romance

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train conversations drift

snippets of gossip

electronic reassurance

folded into the seat

it’s safer to stare

at your own reflection


Frances Macaulay Forde © 2003 

*1st Published in ‘Hidden Capacity ~ a poet’s journey’ Ireland 2003, MMB.

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #BOOK:HiddenCapacity  #BOOK:RailTales  #Poetry  #TrainPoems

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