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.’
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
Reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City
Francesca reads from her essay 'My father's body' in The Best Australian Science Essays (published November 2013) and excerpts from Bite Your Tongue at the Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City on 23rd October 2013. This reading is part of an International Writer's Fellowship to visit Iowa City, United States. This fellowship has been awarded by the University of Wollongong and the University of Iowa Nonfiction Workshop thanks to support from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
posted 24th October 2013
Bangkok: Reaching the World Conference
In early October 2013 Francesca went to Bangkok with colleague David Carlin to participate in Asia Pacific Writers (AP Writers) Reaching the World Conference. She gave a workshop on 'Writing the (mother) tongue'.
posted 5th October 2013
Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference - Melbourne Writers Festival
Margo Lanagan delivers a terrific blog post on the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference at the Melbourne Writers Festival in August this year.
posted 25th September 2013
Wollongong, a vlog and memoir on 3RRR
Francesca appears in a MWF13 vlog about the difficulty of girl friendships.
Also in the radio documentary Her & I: The construction of self in memoir, being broadcast on Triple R FM, Wednesday 4 September at 1.20pm during Aural Text with Alicia Sometimes.
And Francesca went to Wollongong for the first leg of her International Writers Fellowship early September thanks to the University of Wollongong and Copyright Agency. She spoke at a South Coast Writers Centre event on Wednesday 4 September with Shady Cosgrove.
posted 25th August 2013
Affettuoso on Bumf
Bumf has published Francesca's story/fragment/observation entitled Affettuoso: meditation on the body.
posted 3rd July 2013
Talking tongues and pig's heads
Francesca appeared on Radio National's Books and Arts Daily with Michael Cathcart. Here is the podcast.
The occasion was an interview with Kate Evans from Radio National's Book+ program in a salon at Avid Reader in West End, Brisbane on Friday 10 May 2013. She was talking about her book Bite Your Tongue.
posted 15th May 2013
Field guide to writing a father
Francesca's 'Field guide to writing a father: piecing together a relationship' published by Overland Literary Journal is now online (#210). Read more here
posted 30th April 2013
Putting female friendships in the spotlight, contributing writers Francesca Rendle-Short, Natalie Kon-yu and Maya Linden discuss the novel ‘Just Between Us’ at Melbourne Writers Festival 2013.
Published on Aug 25, 2013
Francesca read from her essay ‘My father’s body’ in The Best Australian Science Essays (published November 2013) and excerpts from Bite Your Tongue at the Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City on 23rd October 2013. It was a great success, the audience so attentive. It was broadcast ‘Live from Prairie Lights’ by Writing University, a group dedicated to providing updates about literary events in Iowa City and news from the University of Iowa’s writing programs. This special event was sponsored by the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Francesca is a guest there as an International Fellow, thanks to the University of Wollongong and the Copyright Agency.
Francesca was on a panel about writing for the Bloom Festival at Gorman House Arts Centre in Canberra in September 2013. Her fellow panellists were Marion Halligan and Irma Gold with Judy Horacek as chair. The panel was in the Bogong Theatre.
Image: Irma Gold, Marion Halligan, and Francesca Rendle-Short
Francesca went to the University of Wollongong for the first leg of her International Writers Fellowship in early September thanks to the University of Wollongong and Copyright Agency. She spoke at the South Coast Writers Centre on Wednesday 4 September with Shady Cosgrove.
Image: B/W Francesca and Shady in conversation: pic thanks to Stephen Lyons Colour pic thanks to Rhiannon Hall
Francesca appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival in August 2013.
She was on Between Friends panel, Friday 23 August 2013 at 10.00 am at the ACMI Studio 1, Federation Square. Here is a vlog about the book.
She chaired the Edinburgh World Writers Conference Style versus Content session with wonderful writers Kirsty Gunn and Margo Lanagan on Friday 23 August 2013 at 1.30 pm, at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.
She also chaired Art of Memoir, Sunday 25 August 2013 at 10.00 am, at the Wheeler Centre with memoirists Janice Galloway and Jo Case.
“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.