Book three in A Fair Wind trilogy Is now available!
An Imperfect Calendar follows the fortunes of the Anderson family in 19thc colonial Victoria.
All Fran Henke (aka Frances Kelly, George Davis) wanted to do when she grew up was write books.
She began with poetry, then moved into journalism. In order to make city garden, she found herself writing about gardening, which led to garden books & columns. After 50 years of poetry, newspapers, & gardening books, time came to write fiction and become a publisher. This includes putting out newsletters for Polio Network Victoria and MPPPSG that go to polio survivors around the world.
The wind trilogy
Life in Geelong, Victoria in the 1850s was rich, with tens of thousands of people arriving at Port Henry to try their luck on the goldfields at Ballarat. Fran's first novel on this theme The Other Side of the Wind, was published in 2013.
The sequel Winds of Rebellion was launched on May 15, 2016 and the sequel of the sequel An Imperfect Calendar has been launched and copies are available now. For more details go to Writings page.
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Fran's was an isolated case of polio in Leongatha, Victoria, in 1946 at the age of three. Polio survivors tend to over achieve in order prove 'normality'. in 1989 having overcome the initial effects, Fran learned eventually she had Post Polio Syndrome. Little was known about it so she set set out to use her communication skills to help others understand what was happening. There is a real thirst for knowledge about post-polio, so information is shared through social media, books and magazines.
Life Skills for Polios has been reprinted. Go to Polio Journey for order details for hard and e-copies.
Click right for an interview with Muriel Cooper and Fran on Radio 3RPP about Life Skills for Polios.
- Fran and Muriel 3RPP
- Life Skills for Polios interview
A recent interview with Melissa Walsh in Peninsula Essence on turning 75.
Article in Mornington News (19/2/'19 left) about the new book launched on Sunday, February 24 as part of the Westernport Festival. Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Leader below.