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). Francesca launched Sian’s book at the Bella Union in Lygon Street.

Doctoral thesis

Francesca’s doctoral thesis out of which Bite Your Tongue (Spinifex) was published in 2011 is online at the University of Wollongong in their research holdings: vol 1 Bite Your Tongue; vol 2 A Book of Pineapple. Publicly funded creative research is made publicly available. “Two years before she died, Susan Sontag spoke about the power of…

Nonfiction now: a (non)introduction

This essay seeks to explore the tensions in the paradoxical location of ‘non-fiction’ — or the de-hyphenated ‘nonfiction’, as we prefer — as a literary/artistic category, one that is built upon a negation. The opposition set up in the term by the operation of the ‘non’ upon the ‘fiction’ suggests a steadfast binary. However the friction between the…

The Outstanding Field

Francesca presented at The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research Emerging from the Academy at the Victorian College of the Arts. The first of its kind to foreground practice-led research, the symposium showcases the most outstanding PhD projects to have emerged from the Creative Arts in Australia and New Zealand over the last decade. Her paper was…

WrICE: Penang and Singapore 2014

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. WrICE is a program of reciprocal cultural exchange and cultural immersion focused on writers and writing. This immersive experience included writers from Australia: Melissa Lucashenko, Maxine Beneba Clarke,…

Radio interviews

‘There’s nothing factual about memory’: Books and Arts Daily, ABC RN Francesca appeared on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily with Michael Cathcart. 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…

Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference

Margo Lanagan delivers a terrific blog post on the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference at the Melbourne Writers Festival in August this year. And here is the recording of the event itself: Style versus Content with Kirsty Gunn and Margo Lanagan

My father’s body: On creation, evolution, Alzheimer’s disease

The essay ‘My father’s body’ has been reprinted in NewSouth Books The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 eds Jane McCredie and Natasha Mitchell. It is to be launched in November 2013.   ‘Last Sunday I went to church to be with my father, to say goodbye. As I looked in from the vestibule, I could…

International Writing Fellowship

Francesca was awarded an International Writer’s Fellowship at the University of Iowa, City of Iowa, United States. Francesca is a guest of the Nonfiction Writing Program (NWP) in the Department of English. She is doing a reading at the Prairie Lights Bookshop, a radio interview for The Lit Show with Gemma de Choisy, masterclasses with graduate…

Bookshop and library readings

Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City 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’…

Francesca on YouTube: Girlfriends and writing

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.

Affettuoso: meditation on the body

Bumf has published Francesca’s story/fragment/observation entitled Affettuoso: meditation on the body. About Bumf: “A life of letters is wont to create bumf: stories, fragments, and observations that seem too short, strange, or frivolous to publish. Bumf, a literary website from Brisbane, Australia, provides a loving home for the best of these.”