Francesca is an author and academic. Her latest novel, The Cookbook of Common Prayer, will be published in June 2021.
Francesca’s post-apocalyptic Fire Sermon trilogy is published in more than 20 languages. The first novel, The Fire Sermon, was published in 2015, followed by The Map of Bones in 2016, and concluding with The Forever Ship in 2017.
Francesca grew up in Tasmania, gained her PhD from the University of Melbourne, and was a senior lecturer at the University of Chester, where she remains a Visiting Writing Fellow. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies in both Australia and England, and her first collection of poetry, Bodies of Water, was published in 2006. In 2010 she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. She lives in London with her husband and son.
Francesca is also a Core Team member for The Writing Squad, which provides workshops, 1-on-1 support and investment for young writers from the North of England.