As senior feature writer for Queensland's premier weekend magazine, Q Weekend in the Courier Mail and much loved columnist for the Sunday Mail, Frances Whiting is one of Australia's best known and most popular writers.
Her column in the Sunday Mail has been a reader's favourite for 14 years, making people laugh, cry, and smile from Bondi to Bundaberg and beyond. Also a bestselling author, Frances's two books, Oh to Be a Marching Girl in 2003, and That's a Home Run, Tiger! in 2006 proved an instant hit with readers, appearing on national best selling lists and proving to be book club favourites!
Frances's first work of fiction for publisher Pan McMillan, Walking on Trampolines, was released in 2009.
Frances is also an accomplished, witty and warm public speaker who connects with her audience to provide a humorous and uplifting look at life. Also a polished emcee, Frances has hosted many events from the prestigious Pride Of Australia awards to industry dinners and corporate conference events.
A keen advocate for improving literacy in schools, Frances mentors would-be-writers, visits schools regularly and also speaks to University students regularly about journalism as a career choice.
A former school teacher, Frances's keen interest in children is reflected in her charity work. As an ambassador for the Make a Wish Foundation, the Cressbrook Committee and the Queensland Emcee for all the Kids Help Line Breakfast series each year, Frances is also the Ambassador for the Motor Neurone Disease foundation and regularly lends her support to many other charitable organisations.
Married to John, an event producer, Frances has two children Max and Tallulah, who she believes are the best looking and most intelligent children in Australia. Her favourite pastime is reading, of course, and she adores fresh flowers, walking in Noosa National Park and body surfing. She also plays guitar very badly.
Francis gave an engaging talk to our students on writing feature articles based on her experiences. The practical activities she used with the students were great.
Hillbrook Anglican School - March 2019
I wanted to let you know about the success of the Writers’ block event, at Robina branch library and auditorium last Saturday.
It was such a good day and the feedback we received on the speakers was overwhelmingly positive.
Frances was very engaging, great to work with, and pitched her presentation perfectly for the event. She made it so easy for City Libraries to look good.
Thanks for your assistance in finding excellent speakers to make this event so successful.
Frances Whiting - Gold Coast City Libraries, May, 2014.
It was a pleasure to host Frances Whiting at Chermside Library. Frances’s talk had the audience enthralled and the feedback we received from our customers was all very positive.
Frances also took the time to speak individually with attendees during her book signing, which was an absolute delight.
We would be happy to host Frances again in the future.
Frances Whiting - Chermside Library, October, 2013.
The presentation that Frances gave was spot on and exactly what we were after. Her work with the girls was incredibly valuable in giving them confidence and providing a set of basic guidelines that can be followed. Students and staff really appreciated the way she was able to weave stories of her own experience in amongst the detail of what it means to be a successful journalist
Thanks for helping us out with our guest speakers. They really do provide a wonderful and enriching experience for the girls!
Frances Whiting - All Hallows