Give breath a chance

As part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge’s (AWW) commitment to diversity, there was a focus on lesbian/queer women writers during October 2015. Francesca’s mini essay ‘Give breath a chance’ was the final piece in a series of four. ‘I look up the words permissive and rebel, wonder what one might look like… Permissive rebel….

Bite Your Tongue reviews

Reviews of Bite Your Tongue: Bronwyn Lacken, King’s College London, Reviews in Australian Studies, Vol 9, No 1, 2015: “… the weather, the heat, the profuse tropical growth, the conservatism, the political corruption, the small mindedness, the strength of religiosity … an engaging, unsettling and at times darkly funny account of her childhood” Jessica Gildersleeve in Queensland Review,…

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…

Festival appearances

Melbourne Writers Festival: In August 2015 Francesca appeared in three events: Big Love, Morning Read Love and WrICE Writers Across Borders. Lighthouse Literary Festival: In 2014 Francesca was a guest at the Lighthouse Literary Festival. It was held over the Anzac Long Weekend at Airey’s Inlet. Bloom Festival: In September 2013 Francesca was on a panel about…

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…

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…

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’…

Conferences

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’.   Francesca gave a paper at Framing Lives, the 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association in Canberra in July 2012. The…

Bite Your Tongue shortlisting

Bite Your Tongue has been shortlisted for the 2012 Colin Roderick Award. The Colin Roderick award is presented annually by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University and recognises ‘the best book in Australia which deals with any aspect of Australian The judges, Professor Donat Gallagher, Professor Peter Pierce, and Associate Professor Stephen…

Snippet 13: Glen Eira Storytelling Festival

Francesca was a guest at the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival: A celebration of stories and all those who tell them (23 June 2012) at the Glen Eira Town Hall. Tongues in flight: In conversation with Francesca Rendle-Short and Patricia Sykes In this unique event, two authors from Spinifex Press read from their latest works and shared their…

BYT @ EWF12

Francesca was a guest at the Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne: Sunday May 27 @ 3pm in the Town Hall Writers Conference — in the Melbourne Room, with Luke Ryan Life Stories Memoir and creative nonfiction are hot writing topics. Francesca Rendle-Short and Luke Ryan discuss how they write and re-tell their life stories in interesting ways….