This is the website of Francesca Rendle-Short, author of the novels Bite Your Tongue and Imago:

‘Reading can tickle and turn you upside down. Make your tongue hang loose. Reading changes things.’

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Tyrone Guthrie Centre Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan

Francesca went to Tyrone Guthrie Centre Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan in Ireland for an artist's residency, July 2014, where she made new work. Read more

posted 13th July 2014

On shyness with Sian Prior

Francesca was in conversation with Sian Prior at The Wheeler Centre in June 2014. They talked about shyness and Sian's new book called SHY (Text).

posted 13th July 2014

Doctoral thesis

Francesca's doctoral thesis is now online at the University of Wollongong in their research holdings: vol 1 Bite Your Tongue; vol 2 A Book of Pineapple. The embargo has been lifted. Publicly funded creative research being made publicly available.

"Two years before she died, Susan Sontag spoke about the power of fiction, how it is through inventions of a writerly kind that we receive an “education of the heart.” She said it is through art, fiction in particular, that we are able to make a world that “enlarges our sympathy.”

This vision underpins this submission for a Doctor of Creative Arts, which consists of two companion texts: a novel (Volume I) and its theoretical annotation/exegesis (Volume II)."

This thesis was subsequently published in the novel-cum-memoir called Bite Your Tongue (Spinifex Press, 2011).

posted 1st June 2014

100 Love Letters

WANTED: 100 Love Letters from women to women. We're looking for postcards, tiny essays, poetry, letters, flash fictions, drawings, or more, for publication in an anthology by KALA Publishing House.

posted 31st May 2014

Bite Your Tongue: "by turns entertaining and challenging"

Two new reviews of Bite Your Tongue have been published.

  1. Jessica Gildersleeve in Queensland Review, vol 21, Special Issue 0.1, June 2014

  2. A review by Marcus Breen

posted 11th May 2014

WrICE: the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange

In February 2014 Francesca took part in WrICE: the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange in Penang, Malaysia and in Singapore. This project was supported generously by Copyright Agency.

posted 5th March 2014

Killing the Buddah - redacted poetics on creationism and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Read Francesca's redacted exegesis on her father's work "Impossible without a body: a song, (breath), and dust" in Killing the Buddah, 7 January 2014

posted 8th January 2014

Lighthouse Literary Festival 2014 - Airey's Inlet

Francesca is a guest at the forthcoming Lighthouse Literary Festival 2014. It will be held over the Anzac Long Weekend at Airey's Inlet.

posted 1st January 2014

My father's body - Best Australian Science Writing 2013

Francesca's essay 'My father's body' is anthologised in The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 published by NewSouth Books, eds Jane McCredie and Natasha Mitchell, to be launched in November 2013 in Australia.

posted 26th October 2013

WrICE: the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange

In February 2014 Francesca took part in WrICE: the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange in Penang, Malaysia and in Singapore. This project was supported generously by Copyright Agency.

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  • All about Bite Your Tongue

    “I think she has done it. Bite Your Tongue is all softness and breath, achieved by careful management of voice; finding it, demanding it, censoring it and best of all, controlling it … the mother’s final weeks, is beautiful.’ Annette Hughes, The Newtown Review of Books

    ‘Part fable, part fact, it illustrates Rendle-Short’s literary prowess, while also taking us on a tour of archives that reveals her mother’s actions as a moral crusader, and memorabilia from a childhood when “Queensland was innocent … the going was pineapple-sweet.”’ Donata Carrazza, Australian Book Review


    The novel Bite Your Tongue by Francesca Rendle-Short was published by Spinifex Press in September 2011. It is a work of the imagination that draws on found documents in the archive and on the author’s memory of that time.

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