Frances Billinghurst has been a prolific writer since the late 1980s when she had three poems published New Beginnings: A Reflective Anthology of New Zealand Verse. Since then, she has contributed to over 25 magazines and was the longest running contributor for Insight (2002 to 2012), Australia’s No.1 spiritual lifestyle magazine until its sad demise in September 2012.
In November 2012 Frances self-published 400 copies of her first book, Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats, all of which sold out within nine months. In June 2014 Dancing the Sacred Wheel was expanded to 292 pages and is internationally available through Lulu as well as all Amazon affiliated online stores in both paperback as well as ebook format.
In October 2014, her second book, In Her Sacred Name: Writings on the Divine Feminine, was published Consisting of some 214 pages, this book is a collection of expanded essays that focused around the concept of the Divine Feminine, the Goddess that Frances had originally written for Insight. These Goddesses came from many diverse cultures that included Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, African and Mesopotamian.
In September 2015, Frances edited her first anthology, Call of the God: An Anthology Exploring the Divine Masculine within Modern Paganism. Consisting of some 290 pages, this book showcases an array of various essays, poems, invocations and artwork of the Divine Masculine, the God, and how he is depicted amongst various Pagans around the world.
Some of the contributors to this anthology include Michael Howard (editor of The Cauldron who passed through the veil shortly after release of the anthology), Pete Jennings (past Pagan Federation president and author of many books), Anna Franklin (author of 30 books and decks including The Pagan Ways Tarot and The Sacred Circle Tarot), Tony and Candia McKormack from British Pagan band Inkubus Sukkubus, Shauna Aura Knight (mixed media artist and author), Polly Lind (New Zealand based tapestry artist), Peter Coughlin (writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction), and Patrick Larabee (artist and author of Whisperings from the Void).
Frances has had articles appear in numerous other publications since 1998 including Silver Wheel, Pagan Times, Witchcraft, Spellcraft, Magick, The Green Man Quarterly, The Australian Witchcraft Magazine and Alternative Spirit Magazine (Aus), The Cauldron (UK), Rainbow News (NZ), Circle, New Witch and SageWoman (USA) and the 2008 Llewellyn’s Witches Calendar. She has also written for ezines including Magickal Light, Goddess Guru, Avalon and Mundi Axis, amongst others.
Since 2012 Frances has contributed towards an increasing number of anthologies that have included:
:: Unto Herself: An Anthology in Honour of Independent Goddesses edited by Ashley Horn (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2012),
:: Witchy Magic edited by Serene Conneeley and Lucy Cavendish (Blessed Bee, 2012),
:: The Faerie Queens: A Collection of Essays Exploring the Myths, Magic and Mythology of the Faerie Queens by Sorita d’Este and David Rankine (Avalonia Books, 2013),
:: Queen of Olympos: A Devotional Anthology for Hera and Iuno edited by Lykeia (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2013),
:: A Mantle of Stars: A Devotional for the Queen of Heaven edited by Jen McConnel (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2013),
:: Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism by Pagans edited by Trevor Greenfield (Moonbooks, 2014),
:: By Blood, Bone and Claw: A Devotional Anthology to the Morrigan edited by Nicole Bonvisuto (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2014),
:: Witchcraft Today: 60 Years On edited by Trevor Greenfield (Moonbooks, 2014),
:: The Naming of the Goddess edited by Trevor Greenfield (Moonbooks, 2014),
:: From the Roaring Deep: A Devotional Anthology in Honour of Poseidon and the Spirits of the Sea edited by Rebecca Buchanan (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2015),
:: Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honour of Sekhmet edited by Tina Georgitsis (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2015),
:: The Grey Mare on the Hill edited by Lee Davis (Grey Mare Books, 2015),
:: Flower Face: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Blodeuwedd (Ninth Wave Press, 2016), and
:: Garland of the Goddess: Tales and Poems of the Feminine Divine by Gerri Leen (Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2016).
Other anthologies that Frances has contributed towards that yet to be published include:
:: Memento Mori: A Collection of Magickal and Mythological Perspectives On Death, Dying, Mortality and Beyond (Volume II) by Kim Huggens (Avalonia Books),
:: Pagan Prayer Project by Stacey Demarco,
:: Shield of Wisdom: A Devotional Anthology in Honour of Athena (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), and
:: The Bosom of Isis by Sorita d’Este (Avalonia Books).
Frances’s latest book, Encountering the Dark Goddess: A Journey into the Shadow Realms will be published by Moon Books later in 2020. Follow Frances on Instagram for further updates.