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Frances Whiting

Frances Whiting

Frances Whiting is Queensland's favourite and best-known female columnist and for over a decade has engaged her readers in the highs, lows and unique absurdities of life.

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Testimonials for Frances Whiting

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.
Chermside Library


Delegates rated Frances's performance as fun, brilliant, refreshing, entertaining, 'just love Frances', very good, a great person.
Alliance of Celebrants Queensland


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.
Gold Coast City Libraries

Frances Whiting Travels from QLD
Fee Range: .Up to $5000

Frances Whiting's Biography

A senior feature writer for Queensland’s premier weekend magazine, Q Weekend in the Courier Mail, Frances is also a much loved columnist for the Sunday Mail, and other Sunday newspapers around Australia, with her weekly column now in its nineteenth year. Two bestselling collections of her columns have been published in Australia: Oh to Be a Marching Girl (2003), and That’s a Home Run, Tiger! (2006). Frances lives in Brisbane, Queensland with her husband and two children.


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.

Speaking Topics Include

Writing for columns, for features, for novels - how to get started, how to stay on track

Working motherhood - getting the balance right

Women's role in the media

Mothers and daughters

Mothers and sons

Stories from the trenches - a journalist's life