A published poet, writer and storyteller. Frances is also a producer and director in radio, television, film and new media. She has made documentaries for broadcast, web and as private commissions.
Frances is a contributor to CBC network’s flagship documentary series, Ideas. She is a guest author on CBC radio, aired on public networks in Canada. Her documentaries on human rights have been distributed in schools, churches and ecumenical organizations around the world.
Her essays and poetry are published online and in Canadian and international magazines and journals. She has interviewed, collaborated with or produced profiles on human rights activists.
Frances performs as a storyteller of her Romany ancestors’ gypsy tales and as a spoken word artist of her poems with a Celtic harp. She learned to play three musical instruments – piano, flute and harp. It is the harp that is a direct connection to her three times great grandfather, the celebrated Welsh Romany harpist, John Roberts who played harp for royalty, including Queen Victoria.
She makes her home in Kitchener, Ontario and Gulfport, Florida where she is fulfilling an artist’s dream of writing poetry, film making, playing the Celtic harp and storytelling.