‘My father’s body’

‘My father’s body‘ was included in The Invisible Thread 100 years of Canberra writing as part of the 100 year celebration of the city of Canberra. It was later published in The Best of Science Writing 2013, eds Jane McCredie and Natasha Mitchell (NewSouth Books). It was first published in Overland #197, summer, November, 2009.

Father work: just gladwrap

Francesca’s paper presented at the Byron Bay ‘Ethical Imaginations‘ conference as part of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs conference in Byron Bay in November 2011 is online. This was a fully refereed conference. ‘Close up, the writing dissolves. Close up, this discontinous narrative of fragments and half-stories becomes distorted — don’t matter to matter hits…

Review: Just Glad Wrap

Review of Just Glad Wrap, an exhibition of writing and books by Francesca Rendle-Short, by Caroline van de Pol, TEXT, 15.2, October 2011 ‘In Just Glad Wrap, as part of The Five Obstructions art exhibition at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victoria College of the Arts, writer Francesca Rendle-Short opens her notebook and splashes it over…

Just Glad Wrap: Steal an idea

never say no never not turn up never not cry never say never never ever say everything An exhibition of writing by Francesca Rendle-Short, part of The Five Obstructions, a group show at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at Victoria College of the Arts 16 June to 11 July 2011. The Five Obstructions was curated by…

A little book of breathing

A little book of breathing was part of an exhibition at The Left Hand Gallery, Braidwood, December 2010 called String Books. It was an exhibition of one-off handmade and limited edition books from 33 artists. A little book of breathing is in the collection of the State Library of Queensland. Limited edition of 9 copies,…

My father’s body in nine drawings

This requiem for her father in nine drawings complements a photo-essay Francesca wrote for Overland entitled My father’s body: creation, evolution and Alzheimer’s disease. 1 ‘My father is not yet dead. People who knew him say there is a likeness in this drawing. I can still see him breathing, can you? I still feel warmth…