NonfictioNOW conference – Flagstaff 2015

Francesca appeared at the NonfictioNOW conference in Flagstaff Arizona, USA, in 2015. NonfictioNOW is The NonfictioNOW Conference is a regular gathering of over 400 nonfiction writers, teachers and students from around the world that explores all things nonfiction. She was on two panels: Performing the Essay with: Sophie Cunningham Peta Murray Lucinda Strahan  Ayse Papatya Bucak….

Asia Pacific Writers and Translators conference – Manila 2015

Francesca appeared at the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators conference in Manila 2015. She was on the panel Love in an Age of Dissonance with Merlinda Bobis, DAI Fan, and Butch Dalisay. She was chair of New Voices with David Carlin, Beth Yahp, and Eliza Vitri Handayan. Francesca also facilitated a very successful workshop with David…

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.

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

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.

Lifting the lid on female friendship – Herald Sun

On Saturday 1 June 2013 the Herald Sun ran a feature on Francesca and her new nonfiction essay ‘Glossus’. This short memoir was published in the anthology Just Between Us (Pan Macmillan). Books editor Fran Metcalf included an interview with Francesca, publication of an excerpt from ‘Glossus’ and an author pic by the very talented…