Frané’s presented at festivals and thousands of schools around the world, including the Edinburgh International Writers Festival, Eric Carle Museum, Brooklyn Book Festival, Ubud Writer’s Festival Bali, Singapore Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Bookaroo Festival India, Bookworm Festival Beijing and Chengdu China, Bologna Book Fair, SCBWI Los Angeles. 

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Frané will share the process of blending words and art into books that celebrate our past and cultures from around the world. Find out the true stories of legendary bushrangers, Ned Kelly and Moondyne Joe. Learn about the heroic story of one man and a donkey and a strange twist of fate that brought two boyhood friends together one last time on the battlefields of Gallipoli. A book safari where students will ride on an elephant, swim with great sea turtles, travel to the islands of the Caribbean and to the deserts of the Sahara. Frané is a dynamic presenter and shares with students of all ages the process of writing and illustrating picture books. Her optimism, humour and eye for detail in the wealth of stories she has to tell, is sure to hold any audience captive. She will discuss the origins and inspirations for the idea, the research and the balancing of creative interpretation with historical and cultural authenticity in creating books. Your students will gain insight into the crafting of narrative through words and pictures.

She offers a selection of challenging, engaging workshops for primary, high school and adults that can be tailored to any audience.  Her workshops are pitched to the age group, ability level, and area of interest of the participants. This is a rare opportunity to meet and work with an award winning childrens’ book author/illustrator. It is sure to be a memorable experience that students will cherish for the rest of their lives. Suddenly, the process of book making is no longer a mystery but an achievable and enjoyable goal. You can enquire about Frané’s availability and speaker’s fees by contacting Frané.

Themes linked to Frané’s books:

• STEM: On the Same Day in March, Clouds, Nine O’Clock Lullaby, The Day of The Elephant, Under The Southern Cross

• Australia: A is for Australia, A is for Australian Animals, Under the Southern Cross, Outback Adventure, Magic

Boomerang, Our Big Island, Australian Baby Animals, Under the Sea 1 2 3

• Australian History/Bushrangers/Outlaws: The Legend of Moondyne Joe, Ned Kelly and the Green Sash,

• Animal War Heroes/ ANZAC’s: Simpson and His Donkey, Midnight: The Story of the Light Horse

• Alphabet: A is for Australia, Caribbean Alphabet, New York New York: Big Apple A-Z, Capital! Washington DC

from A-Z, Heart of Texas

• Folktales: The Fire Children, The Turtle and the Island, Maui and the Big Fish

• Poetry: Good Rhymes Good Times, The Distant Talking Drum, Not A Copper Penny, Caribbean Canvas

• Numeracy: Island Counting 123

• Music: Caribbean Carnival, Camp Granada

• Personal Narratives: The Chalk Doll, My Little Island


English – explores texts from a range of perspectives, investigates text structures and language;

HSIE – importance of past and present people;

Drama – watch and listen as an active participant;

Visual Arts – look at and imagine patterns and forms.


• Keep like age groups together.

• Sessions can be arranged to best fit your school timetable.

• Same space for all sessions, i.e., students coming to the library, spare classroom, or an art room

• Audio and/or Video recording  is not allowed


  • Data projector OR smart board and power board
  • Microphone for over 100 students
  • White board or easel
  • Materials required for workshops


“Fabulous – kids in the palm of her hand, the teachers admired her too! Students enchanted by her stories –fascinated, interested and engaged.” Toni Henry, Claremont College, Randwick NSW

“It was fabulous! I have had kids and staff constantly singing your praises and asking for your books today!” Sue Mirow, Maroubra Junction Primary, NSW

“Thanks so much! She was wonderful to deal with, warm and accommodating. The children ranging in age from 5 to 13 were captivated by her stories and loved listening to a real live illustrator! If Frane ever comes over this way again we would love to have her visit again.” Jane Kibble, Timbumburi Public School, NSW

“All of your books have walked off the shelves and the children are buzzing about history.”  Melinda Ross, St Columba’s Primary

“Frané’s knowledge, style, and genuine love for children were apparent in everything she did. Her flexibility and warmth were very much appreciated by our entire staff.”  Bangkok International School, Thailand.

“Frané’s warmth, enthusiasm, and special connection with young people was apparent on every occasion.”   Jakarta International School, Indonesia.

“Frané has been associated with the Fremantle Childrens’ Literature Centre for the past twenty-five  years providing ten outstanding exhibitions of her award winning picture books and undertaking numerous residencies at the Centre, throughout rural West Australia, and Internationally. Her wide range of workshops are well structured and very practical as well as creative and entertaining. Students and teachers alike respond to her warmth and professionalism.”  Lesley Reece, Director, The Literature Centre, Australia.

“Frané’s approach to the children and the workshop content was well developed and age appropriate. The teachers found it a rare opportunity to work with a professional author, develop their own skills and repertoire of strategies to teaching the writing/illustrating process”  Paraburdoo District High School, Australia.

“I want to thank you for a wonderful visit.. You made a great connection to our second graders, and inspired them to create their own picture books, which, when complete will be housed in our library. We would love another chance to have you present to our students.”  Solomon Schechter Day School, New Milford New Jersey.

“Thanks a million for all your efforts at our school last week. All the children really enjoyed the experience and they can’t stop talking about you. We are thrilled with the outcomes for the week. To meet and interact with a real author and illustrator has made a significant contribution to literacy outcomes in our school. The way you took the challenges in your stride and worked so hard is a credit to your professionalism. We have really enjoyed reading and interacting with your books this year. You were great company and we hope to work with you again some day.”  Wanalirri School, Gibb River, Australia.

“I cannot tell you the level of enthusiasm here at Moriah as a result of your visit! The children SO enjoyed meeting you and hearing your saga of being an author and illustrator, and living in and traveling to faraway places to do your research. (My first two classes this morning begged for your books). We will always cherish and remember your visit here.”  Moriah School of Englewood, New Jersey USA.

“Thank you for the exceptional quality, warmth, and professionalism that you showed to our students, staff, and myself during your visit. The children were captivated by your appearances and your books have become the most sought out titles in our library….as they should be! Thank you for being so flexible and generous with your time. I have no doubt that you have ignited our students’ imaginations and opened them up to writing, illustrating, and literature. It was a joy to work with someone who is so passionate about their work!” Dominick Martiniello,  Suffern, New York USA.