Frances Duncan is the founder of the Jane Austen Society of New Zealand and an independently published author. Her second novella Beautiful Abomination was shortlisted for best novella in the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel awards.
She lives in Wellington and is of Ngati Porou and Te Whanau ā Apanui descent. In primary school the teachers used to take her books off her and tell her to go play. It seemed a natural progression to go from reading too much to writing.
Current aesthetic: leather pants in the winter, maxi dresses and bare feet in the summer.
Jane Austen’s Connections to New Zealand, JASNA Hawai’i, October 2019
Self Publishing and Self Doubt, Awa Wahine, April 2019
Jane Austen in New Zealand, Jane Austen Society of London, April 2018
Literature Nerds Unite!, Wellington Regional Association for Teachers of English, November 2017
Creativity and Writing, Department of Internal Affairs Women’s Network, November 2016
Mansfield Park, Jane Austen Society of New Zealand, May 2015