Why has the word ‘immigrant’ become such a slur in the US? When did Australia roll up the welcome mat for refugees? Our panel gets to grips with changing community attitudes around the world. Data Editor of The Guardian US, Mona Chalabi, author Roanna Gonsalves, Palestinian-born Australian playwright Samah Sabawi and Boston-born Canadian playwright Stephen Orlov join Claudia Tazreiter for a frank and fearless conversation on the political and personal consequences of border control policies. 

Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)

Roanna Gonsalves

Roanna Gonsalves is the award-winning author of the acclaimed collection of short fiction The Permanent Resident. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her four-part radio series On the tip of a billion tongues (ABC Radio National Earshot) is an acerbic portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and teaches Creative Writing at UNSW and at NYU Sydney. She serves on the Board of Writing NSW.