About Francesca

Francesca is an author and academic. Her latest novel, The Cookbook of Common Prayer, was published in 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.

author photo of Francesca Haig
Author photo: Andrew North

If/when Twitter goes down the can, I’m on Insta, @francescahaigwrites On reflection, the yrs of time-wasting & despair on this hellsite were probably justified by this single Dril tweet. I’m 5 novels down & my only goal is to one day to reach this level of literary brilliance.

wint @dril

IF THE ZOO BANS ME FOR HOLLERING AT THE ANIMALS I WILL FACE GOD AND WALK BACKWARDS INTO HELL

Huge thanks to everyone who was so lovely about my news. I think I’ve replied to everyone (forgive me if I missed you!). I’m now stepping away from twitter again. Am more active (slightly) on insta, @francescahaigwrites. In the meantime: pls buy my books, overthrow the Tories. xx

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