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Frances Macaulay Forde

Email: francesmacaulayforde@yahoo.co.uk
Web: francesmacaulayforde.wordpress.com
Updated: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:00 am

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Biography

Frances Macaulay Forde has a diverse background in poetry, children's literature, film and theatre. Her first book of poems "Hidden Capacity ~ a poet's journey" was published in Ireland in 2003. Heavily involved in organizing festivals, writing events in previous years, Frances hosted Poets Corner at Pages Cafe every month between July 2005 and Oct 2008 welcoming more than 60 new and established poets to share their words. Frances lives on the Sunset Coast of Western Australia writing for page and screen... She has a WORDPRESS BLOG: francesmacaulayforde.wordpress.com and recently published 3 books (2 poetry and one children's). Google "Frances Macaulay Forde" for more information.

Samples

This poem was published in the Poets Union Anthology 2007. ------------------------------------------------ Live, Here On Sky 6th August 2005 A capsule of lighted hope lay in the deep black depths, seven Russian submariners trapped on the Pacific floor. Although “satisfactory” in their red striped white sub, freeze as only hours of oxygen remain. Kursk memories flood Moscow, but she pleads straight away for US and UK Super Scorpios who help raise the vessel to rescue depth – averting another disaster. But no one can help the Discovery’s seven in their cocoon of light circling our world in un-ending space. They wait in zero gravity, remove foam chips, listen to Beatles and pray. The world held a collective breath before touchdown as NASA remembered the awesome, fiery power of Columbia’s broken tile. Frances Macaulay Forde © 2006 ------------------------------------------------ French Cinquains have proven very popular on poetry websites so I thought I would share some... She lay prostrate. Waiting. Will he stay a while when their beating hearts have calmed down? Never. You glow with love for me. Accepting all I give, never questioning if I love. I don’t. It glows. The safe ribbon of light, meandering on toward home. But my path was unlit. I have taken your words folded both hands over then held them tightly to my heart Have you? Don’t let me drown in a cruel sea without that life raft of honesty. Promise? Frances Macaulay Forde © 2007 ----------------------------------------------------------------

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Christine Renshaw

Wed 8th Aug 2018 11:16

Thank you for reading and commenting on the armchair of oblivion ....your yellow couch sounds comforting 😃

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 22nd Jul 2018 21:29

Hi Frances, thank you for reading my poem.
Have just read Live, Here On Sky. Really enjoyed it. Thanks.
Taylor

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Matt Tyldesley

Sat 21st Jul 2018 10:41

Hello Frances

Thank you so much for your constructive feedback. I like it when people praise my work (who doesn't), but without comments like yours, I'm really just fumbling around in the dark. I will take your comments forward for my next dalliance. Thank you, and I hope we speak again soon.

Matt

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Nicola Hulme

Tue 26th Jun 2018 08:51

I do like your French Cinquain Frances, this is beautiful:

I have
taken your words
folded both hands over
then held them tightly to my heart
Have you?

Nic x

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Nicola Hulme

Tue 26th Jun 2018 08:48

Thank you for your kind words Frances. Your message has made my day today. It's lovely to start the day on a positive note. xxx

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Joe Williams

Sun 24th Jun 2018 11:33

Thanks Frances, glad you liked it!

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raypool

Wed 30th May 2018 15:53

Hi Frances. I wanted to apologize for my reference to Edna Everage in my comment on Counting Sleep. I feel it was insensitive given the spirit of the poem. I certainly did not mean it with any malice; I can't help what comes to me, but I should resist passing it on where not appropriate. I can be spontaneous to a fault.


All the best . Ray

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Ian Whiteley

Wed 23rd May 2018 14:12

pleased you liked 'the beast beneath the beck' Frances - I seem to be in a fantasy/myth vein of inspiration at the moment - I'm sure mr angry will be back soon 😉
Ian

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Joe Williams

Thu 26th Apr 2018 10:06

Thanks for your comments today Frances. I'm glad to hear you liked the poems, and particularly that 'Killing the Piano' has got you feeling inspired. If you end up writing something because of it, do let me know!

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 19th Apr 2018 19:33

thanks for commenting on 'let the night fall' Frances.
Ian

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Hannah Collins

Sun 8th Apr 2018 15:57

Hello Frances,
Thank you so much for your comment on my poem 'Moonlight Sonata'
Always a pleasure to hear from you.

Hannah

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Ian Whiteley

Thu 5th Apr 2018 15:27

thanks for your kind comments on 'back to the park Frances - I'm so pleased that you liked it
Ian

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 23rd Mar 2018 18:27

Ta

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Hannah Collins

Tue 20th Feb 2018 16:49

Hello Frances
Thank you so much for your likes on my poems.
It means a lot.

Hannah

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Hannah Collins

Wed 10th Jan 2018 18:31

Hi Frances,
Happy New Year !
Thank you for your comment on my poem .
Much appreciated.

Hannah

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Ian Whiteley

Mon 23rd Oct 2017 20:55

thanks for your kind comments on 'Safety Off' Frances - pleased that you liked it and took the time to comment
cheers
Ian

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Hannah Collins

Sun 22nd Oct 2017 18:45

Hi, Thank you for your comment on my poem Mail Order Bride.
I am so happy to hear about your son and his wife.
I wasn't trying to be judgemental in my poem.
I do believe I was trying to show the alienation and loneliness people sometimes feel, even with other people.
I look forward to reading more of your work.

Hannah

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 30th Aug 2017 19:55

For goodness' sake, Frances, I didn't appreciate that yours is one of the first names I met on-site in 2008. So many delightful 'friends' have come and gone since I started here on WOL. But there you are - one of my first 'site friends' from years ago. Back then, I was so nervous, and unsure of 'the 'net'. Actually, still am. The 'poetry crowd' here is very valuable to me, even those who come and go rather quickly. I often think about Ann, and wonder how she is. Bonds really do develop.

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Greg Freeman

Sun 20th Aug 2017 18:55

Hi Frances. Thanks for looking at a couple of my poems, and for your kind comments. Having discovered your Zimbabwe background, I've added a poem 'Midnight Train From Bulawayo' on the samples on my Profile page, in case you might be interested in looking at it. Best wishes, Greg.

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 6th Aug 2017 13:39

Thanks for commenting on 'After The Storm' Frances - I appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. I've sent you a PM as I wanted to make a couple of points clearer - hope you don't mind
Ian

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David Cooke

Fri 16th Jun 2017 10:30

Thanks for that Frances and you never know, One day I might be big in Western Australia!

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David Cooke

Thu 15th Jun 2017 17:44

It's a small world - at least where poetry's concerned. David.

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David Cooke

Wed 14th Jun 2017 17:11

Hi Frances I didn't realise you were in Oz. I was actually in Perth briefly a few months back. We did a cruise around the whole of Oz for my 60th birthday treat. The weather was mostly brilliant but it poured when we got to Perth so we didn't get to see it at it's best maybe. Do you know a poet called Jackson in Perth? I think she organizes poetry events in the city. I hope my publisher can get the book out to you. David

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David Cooke

Tue 13th Jun 2017 07:52

Hi Frances You said to remind you when my new book is out. You can get a copy from the publisher here: http://www.culturedllama.co.uk/books/after-hours
or if you contact me directly I can get you a copy. Best wishes David

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Ian Whiteley

Tue 6th Jun 2017 21:32

thanks for commenting on 'This Flower' Frances - I'm pleased you liked it - apologies for delay in replying
Ian

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Tom Harding

Fri 2nd Jun 2017 23:40

Frances, thank you for exceptionally kind comments. It was very nice to come home from work and read this and also read your blog entry! Thank you! I've been reading your writing and will read more over the weekend, you have a great lyricism and style so compliments from yourself are greatly appreciated.

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Mikhail Smith

Wed 31st May 2017 13:37

Hello Frances, thanks for your kind comment. Hope I'm not inspired to any more like that ! cheers.

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Paul Waring

Sat 20th May 2017 10:24

Hi Frances, thanks so much for your comments about 'Bitchin' .....' and, please, feel free if you'd like to link it on your blog, that's very kind of you.

So grateful to you for your encouragement Frances. Hope all is going well with you and with your writing.

Paul x

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Chris Hubbard

Wed 22nd Feb 2017 11:13


Hi Frances,

Thank you for your interest and information about the poetry scene in Perth. I'm certainly aware of KSP in Greenmount, the Fellowship of Australian Writers in Swanbourne, and the Peter Cowan Centre at ECU, Joondalup.

On the latter, and Glen Phillips, surprisingly enough Glen was the catalyst for my awakening to poetry way back in 1994, when I attended Glen's First Year Creative Writing class (I stayed at ECU for over seven years doing my Doctorate and followed his work for quite a while).

I'm aware of how important he is for the Perth poetry scene past and present, and it would be a real pleasure to re-make his acquaintance after so many years.

I will be in the UK for the summer this year, and hope to get to open mics via WOL as much as possible.

Cheers,

Chris

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Laura Taylor

Wed 15th Feb 2017 14:19

Hi Fances - many thanks for your note on 'revelations'.

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