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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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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