Francis Thompson is a Brisbane writer and barista. When he was fifteen, The Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe used his poetry in their performances at schools around North Queensland. Since then his poetry, fiction and reviews have been published in Voiceworks, Small Packages, Rave Magazine and OffStreet Press. His poem “First City Christmas at Grandma’s” was commended in the 2011 Overland Judith Wright Prize. In 2012, Francis received the UQ Kingshott Cassidy Poetry Prize.