I write poetry, short fiction, essays and would love to write a “good” play; I have in the past conducted courses in creative writing at the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and other colleges throughout W.A. I have also conducted workshops for various organisations and judged competitions.
I have a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University majoring in Literature and Creative Writing, (where I won The Inaugural Creative Writing Prize), and a Diploma in Education. I have won prizes in competitions, such as the Lyndall Hadow Award for short fiction and The Fortescue Literature Awards for both short fiction and poetry. I have also been published in magazines and anthologies.
I have belonged to The Society of Women Writers WA for many years and value its place in the community of writers in Western Australia. It is invaluable in helping women writers in regional W.A. to assist them in their endeavours and to keep them in touch with current information. I have over the years run workshops with them on all aspects of creative writing.
In the last few years, I have benefitted from the way the publishing world has altered and have become a self-publisher. I have published books covering prose, poetry and art. These can be viewed at: www.amazon.com/author/francesrichardson
At present I am producing a children’s story with illustrator and writer, Richenda Goldfinch called The Skipping Boy. Interests, as well as writing and literature, are civil liberties, all forms of art, architecture, space, science, baroque music, Richard Armitage, Star Trek, and the theatre.