Author/Editor: Francesca Rendle-Short

Francesca Rendle-Short
Francesca Rendle-Short grew up in Queensland, the fifth of six children. She has worked variously as a radio producer, teacher, editor, freelance writer and arts journalist. She is a novelist, author of Bite Your Tongue (Spinifex Press), Imago (Spinifex Press), and Big Sister (Redress Novellas). Her short fictions, photo-essays, exhibition text, and poetry for the page and for the wall, have been published in literary journals and magazines, online and in exhibitions. Francesca has a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and is the Program Director of Creative Writing at RMIT. She lives in Melbourne.


30 Jul 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival

It's nearly that glorious time of year again - when the City of Literature rolls out the Melbourne Writers Festival

There are plenty of Spinifex authors in ... more
07 Aug 2013 Spinifex authors at Melbourne Writers Festival! at Federation Square

It's every book-lovers favourite time of year in Melbourne, and Festival fever has well and truly hit! Check out the Spinifex authors attending Melbourne Wr... more
12 Apr 2013 Francesca Rendle-Short, author of 'Bite Your Tongue' in conversation with ABC RN at Brisbane

When: Friday 10 May 2013
Where: Avid Reader, 193 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane, 6-8pm
Cost: $7.50

16 Nov 2011 Ethical Imaginations: Writing Worlds at Byron Bay
November 23: Bite Your Tongue by Francesca Rendle-Short is to be launched in Byron Bay at the Ethical Imaginations: Writing Worlds 16th  Annual Conference o... more

02 Sep 2011 Angel Bread: Writing My Mother, Francesca Rendle-Short on writing her memoir

Check out this heartfelt piece in Axon by Francesca on the writing of Bite Your Tongue and also two great reviews from Overland and Readings. Francesca also... more

Book Awards
Bite Your Tongue: 2012 Shortlist, The Colin Roderick Award
Imago: 1997 ACT Book of the Year Award

Books published by, or available from, Spinifex
Bite Your Tongue

Out Now
Accidents of Composition

Accidents of Composition

Merlinda Bobis

The eyes catch a black bird close to an eerie sun. Instantly, a poem: an accident of composition. Or a tree, rock, light...



Helen Lobato

In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the...

Lady of the Realm

Lady of the Realm

Hoa Pham

One day there will be peace in Vietnam. But not before more war.

Touched by the Lady of the Realm, Liên dreams of...

We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed by Fire

We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed by Fire

Jules Grant

This stunning literary debut, voiced by a lesbian gangster Donna and her streetwise daughter Aurora, is steeped in the...

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