Assoc Professor Francesca Rendle-Short


Associate Professor

School /
Work Unit

Media and Communication

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 9052


Building: 36
Level: 3
Room: 8

City Campus


Design & Social Context


Francesca Rendle-Short

Key activities

Francesca Rendle-Short is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication and Co-Director of the nonfictionLab research group. For five years Francesca was the Program Director, Creative Writing, and during that time she established the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing).

Francesca is a writer, novelist, essayist and memoirist. Her most recent book the novel/memoir Bite Your Tongue (Spinifex Press), was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Literary Award in 2012. Her other novels include Imago (Spinifex Press), and Big Sister (Redress Novellas). Her 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. In 2013 she was awarded an international writing fellowship at the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Iowa, USA.

Francesca grew up in Queensland and studied at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, and at the University of Wollongong where she was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts in creative writing. She has worked variously as a radio producer, teacher, editor, freelance writer and arts journalist and has spent over two decades teaching in the tertiary sector.

Francesca is interested in a research practice that seeks to subvert normative practices. She is intent on developing a scholarly praxis that pays attention to voice, style and structure, one that is idiosyncratic and playful in nature, attentive to whimsy and transgression, and is at times experimental.

Personal website:


  • Doctor of Creative Arts (DCA), University of Wollongong
  • Bachelor of Education (BEd), University of New England
  • Diploma of Education (DipEd), University of New England
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of New England

Awards and achievements

  • 2012 shortlisted Colin Roderick Literary Award
  • 2011 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, School of Media and Communication
  • 2009, Doctor of Creative Arts awarded examiner’s commendation for outstanding thesis, University of Wollongong
  • 2005 Vice-Chancellor's Distinction Award for Teaching and Learning, University of Canberra
  • 2002 Gold Award, editor of report, Institute of Public Administration Australia: Australian Electoral Commission Annual Report 2001–2002 ‘Best annual report for a small agency reporting under the FMA Act (1977)’
  • 1999 Writing for Theatre Project with BITS Theatre Co and The Company, artsACT
  • 1999 The Secret Life of Canberra, FoCA99, Myer Foundation
  • 1998 Highly Commended, Marian Eldridge Award
  • 1997 ACT Book of the Year, for Imago, Chief Minister’s Department, ACT Government
  • 1997 Professional Development Grant, Melbourne Writers Festival, Monstalvat, artsACT
  • 1996 Varuna New Writers Fellowship, awarded ACT Government
  • 1995 ANUTECH Short Story Award, for Swimming Breaststroke Again with Pink Plastic Fish

Links to industry

Francesca has held the following honorary positions:

  • 2011-2013 Member, Writers Victoria
  • 2012 Member, ACT Poetry Prize Panel, artsACT
  • 2008 Member, Advisory Panel, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT Government
  • 2005–2007 Member, Advisory Panel, Marian Eldridge Award for Emerging Women Writers
  • 2002–2006 Member, ACT Cultural Council, Chair of the Literature Committee, Chair ACT Book of the Year, ACT Government
  • 2002 Member, Arts at the Cutting Edge Committee, ACT Cultural Council, ACT Government
  • 2001 Member, Literature Committee, ACT Cultural Council, ACT Government
  • 1999–2001 Member, Canberra International Film Festival Advisory Board
  • 2000 Member, Visual Arts/New Media Committee, ACT Cultural Council, ACT Government

Francesca has worked with the following organisations, companies and institutions as editor and writer:

  • National Library of Australia
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Museum of Australia
  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Australian National University
  • Helen Maxwell Gallery
  • Museums Australia
  • Muse Inc
  • ABC Radio
  • Australian Art Monthly
  • Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
  • Australian Choreographic Centre
  • Australian Tax Office
  • ACT Aids Action Council
  • Drill Hall Gallery
  • Canberra School of Music
  • Old Parliament House
  • Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • Centrelink
  • FoCA (Festival of Contemporary Art)

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