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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Imago review: 'fascinating'

A new-found review of Francesca's first novel Imago published on ANZ litlovers litblog: 'I thought Imago would be fascinating, and it was.'

posted 26th March 2015

The Outstanding Field

Francesca will be presenting at The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy at the Victorian College of the Arts. The symposium showcases the most outstanding PhD projects to have emerged from the Creative Arts in Australia and New Zealand over the last decade.

posted 16th March 2015

Honours: Nonfiction Lab

Francesca is leading the RMIT Honours Nonfiction Lab in 2015. “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant," Georgia O’Keeffe insists, "there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing—and keeping the unknown always beyond you…”

posted 15th March 2015

WrICE: the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange - Vietnam

Francesca has just returned from a WrICE collaborative residency in Vietnam with a diverse and exciting group of writers.

posted 13th March 2015

New publications

Over the past year Francesca has had a number of new publications. You can access them online: Poetic Cartography, Love, and Loss, On Drawing (Essaying) Nonfiction: As a Set of Seven Instructions, Took to the sky: drawing as memory as nonfiction, How the How: The Question of Form in in Writing Creative Scholarly Works.

posted 14th December 2014

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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