Francesca wrote the essay ‘Angel bread: writing my mother’ just before her book Bite Your Tongue was published. It was a way of writing about the writing of the book. Writing intimacy too. Writing Angel’s final recipe: Is it possible to write your body out of silence? Can this written body become poetry, food for living?
‘When my mother died five years ago in Brisbane, in a palliative care ward on the top floor of the Wesley Hospital on Coronation Drive, a nurse sticky-taped a recipe to the wall above her bed. My mother must have given the nurse this recipe; they must have been talking: my mother’s last stab at cooking. Angel’s Irish bread and milk—’
‘Angel bread’ was published in the first edition of Axon: Creative Explorations.
‘Angel bread: writing my mother’, AXON: Creative Explorations, vol 1, no 1, 2011, ISSN1838-8973
Image: Angel’s Irish bread and milk, found recipe, Wesley Hospital, 2006